Richard J. ‘Dick’ Fischbach, 70, Rochester, died Jan. 13, 2013, at Memorial Hospital of Burlington. He was born in Chicago and went to Burlington High School. He had resided in Rochester since 1970.
In his early days he was a bill poster and a truck driver. In 1970 he and his wife Colleen (Rayner) went into business with his parents, John and Catherine Fischbach and established what was known as Big John’s Village Inn in Rochester. Dick was also a member of the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department and past president of the Waterford Lions Club. He was an avid golfer and bowler prior to retirement. He enjoyed reading and watching the Milwaukee Brewers as well as the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed taking naps in his chair with the family dog, Peanut. Those who knew him will remember him for his sense of humor, quick wit and a man who would always tell you a joke.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years; children, Susan Tuma, Waterford, Bruce (Maribeth) Fischbach, Olathe, Kan., Helen (Tom) Miller, Genoa City, Donna Schmidt (Neil Lesniak), Waterford, David (Julie) Fischbach, Rochester; brothers, Robert (Mary) Fischbach, Gladstone, Mich., Tom (Diane) Fischbach, Woodstock, Ill., Walter Fischbach, Rochester; half-brother, John (Steve Rosenberg) Fischbach, Palm Springs, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Karen Fischbach, Mauston, Diane Fischbach, Chicago; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, William, James and Raymond.
A memorial gathering with family and friends is Friday, Jan. 18, from 3 to 5:15 p.m., at Mealy Funeral Home, 225 W. Main St., Waterford,. A Memorial Service will begin at 5:30 p.m., with Deacon Jim Nichols officiating. In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, memorials are suggested to the family.