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January 27, 2021

12/1/2020 7:30:00 AM
Robert "Bob" Fries

Robert "Bob" Fries, age 91, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 at Milestone Senior Living in Woodruff after a long 3-year stay.

Bob was born in Dixfield, Maine to Hilde and Karl Fries in 1929, but moved to the Rhinelander area at 10 years old. Even after polio in 1955 he was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing with lifelong friends. He could build and fix everything.

Bob married Betty Hurning in 1948 and they had 69 years, 7 months of marriage. They loved their Apperson house on the Wisconsin River that Bob built in 1959-60. On Fourth of July weekends they watched 50+ float boats go by.

Bob was on the original Nicolet College Board that pushed to get a true campus in Rhinelander. He was Newbold town treasurer for 30+ years and started an employee assistance program for the paper mill.

He was preceded in death by Betty in 2018, his parents Karl and Hilde, one son Robert Jr., brothers Karl, Richard, and John, two sisters, Martha and Anne Pope.

He is survived by one sister, Gladys Eternicka of Onalaska, one brother Ben of Sacramento, Calif., several nieces and nephews, and one daughter, Dawn (Mitch) Olson who will now miss both of them every day of her life. Bob was the best Dad ever.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Simply Cremation through Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Article comment by: Terri Brost

Dawn, Sorry for the loss of your dad. Bob was a special friend of our family, and remember those memories we shared with our horses.

Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Article comment by: Michael Lorbetske

So sorry for the loss of your father. He will forever be in your thoughts. You have so many good times to remember to keep your heart warm. Take care.

Posted: Monday, December 7, 2020
Article comment by: Charles and Melanie Ostermann

So sorry for your loss. Bob was asset to our community and a driving force behind much. He will be missed.

Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Article comment by: Patty Crane

Bob was like a second dad to the Fischer kids. Cathy and I have the best fishing memories with Bob and my dad. He was well loved and my dad’s best friend!

Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Article comment by: Bill Dulin

Dawn, sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I've known Bob for a long time as he hired me in 1977 at RPC. It's ironic as I am planning my retirement on 12/10/2020. Take Care Dawn, Bill Dulin.

Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Article comment by: richard huhn

I knew Bob from the mill and he was ALWAYS a gentlemans gentleman.

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