Robert F. Fischer, a familiar figure in Mt. Vernon mercantile
circles for 32 years prior to his retirement, whose skill as a butcher and meat
processor was generally recognized, died peacefully at midnight last night at
the home of his son, William H. Fischer, at 427 East Fifth street.
He would have been 83 years old on the coming June 6.
He had been ill of a coronary occlusion for the last six months
and spent four weeks in St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville returning to the home of the son a month
The deceased was a native of Essen, Germany. His father, Henry Fischer, was a
foreman of a mining firm.
In 1904, the late deceased and his wife and son came to America, residing a short time in St. Louis and Carmi, Ill, before coming to Mt.Vernon in 1906.
From a humble beginning he developed his meat market into a
successful and profitable business, keeping step with innovations in butchering
and meat processing and applying a full measure of industry, thrift and
personal supervision to every department of his business.
His wife, nee Mary Schulte Fischer, died in 1914.
After 32 years in business on Main street he retired in 1938.
The body is at the Weisinger Funeral
Home and will remain there until it is taken to St. Matthew's Catholic Church
where Requiem High Mass will be conducted at Friday. In the absence from the
city of Father
Raymond B. Smith, pastor of St. Matthew's Church, Father James Brune,
pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church of New Harmony, will be the Mass
celebrant. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Church cemetery. Friends
are invited to call at the funeral home, beginning at Thursday.
addition to the son, who is manager of the meat department of Gerber's Super
Market, are two grandsons, Robert T. Fischer and William J. Fischer, Mt.Vernon; a great granddaughter, and two
brothers, Fred Fischer, Cairo, Ill, and Father Joseph Fischer, a Catholic
priest stationed in Bavaria, Germany.