Bob Fishel

July 3, 1949January 22, 2014
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Robert “Bob” Fishel Okemos Passed away on January 22, 2014 at the age of 64 after a long battle with melanoma. He was born July 3, 1949 in Muskegon and married Rhonda Roemke on June 29, 1974. He was a wonderful provider and never missed an opportunity to support his family at all of their various activities and events. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. He earned his PE license and later went on to obtain his MBA from the University of Michigan. He retired from Consumers Energy last year after nearly 41 years of service. Bob loved to be active and was an avid runner in his adult years inspiring an entire family of runners. Other favorite pastimes included playing trumpet, investigating and mastering new technologies, and photography. He was the photographer at most events, thereby forever preserving so many wonderful memories for his family and friends. He was also an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Haslett serving in many different capacities throughout the years. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Fishel and brother, Brian Fishel. He is survived by his wife Rhonda; daughters Julie (Mike) and Amy; sons Scott (Heather) and Adam (Erica); grand children Olivia, Elijah and Isabella; father, Emanuel; brothers Duane (Pat), Jim (Mary), and Chuck (Joann); and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5589 Van Atta Road, Haslett, MI, Monday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 26, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorials in Bob’s name may be sent to the American Cancer Society (, the Sparrow Hospice Program (, designation of “Hospice”), or to St. Luke Lutheran Church. Special thanks to Dr. Hamden and staff at the Sparrow Cancer Center and the entire Sparrow Hospice team. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Sunday, January 26, 2014
  • Visitation Sunday, January 26, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, January 27, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 27, 2014

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Steve Loflin

February 17, 2015

I have been thinking about Bob for the past few days. I had sent a picture of a shirt with "Pain is weakness leaving the body". i can only imagine the real pain that Bob had gone through. i am very proud of knowing Bob and his strength.

Christy Christmas

January 29, 2014

Rhonda & Family and Uncle Emanuel, I was so very sad yesterday to learn of Bob's passing. My immediate thought was of his reunion in heaven with Aunt Joyce. I know it has been years since the 5 boys and the 5 of us played together at the Muskegon home but sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday. Bob was always, even as a young man, very kind hearted. When we did meet as adults it was evident that he had a loving spirit and continued to be a kind hearted man. I am sorry for your loss and wish you peace in the Lord. May He wrap his arms around you in this time of sorrow.
I'm sure my mom, Aunt Rosy, is welcoming Bob home as well. She always had great love for all of Aunt Joyce's and Uncle Emanuel's boys.

Troy Romancky

January 27, 2014

Bob, was a great supervisor and really helped me gain confidence, developed beyond my thought in my job. He really made you want to respect and understand people such a great inspiration. May the Lord keep him close and provide his family peace.

Krista Latham

January 27, 2014

This candle is lit in remembrance and may your light shine brightly in heaven. May God welcome you to his heavenly kingdom.

Krista Latham

January 27, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Bob was a great husband, father and man and will be missed dearly .

Patti Schoenmaker

January 26, 2014

Dear Rhonda & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God continue to comfort and sustain you through this difficult time! Our deepest sympathies.
Patti, Martin and Kyle Schoenmaker

Pamela Carmichael (Ritter )

January 25, 2014

Please accept my sincere condolences to my cousin Bob's family. Although we did not see each other often I always admired how close his entire family was. Aunt Joyce was such an incredible lady who was admired by all. My mom Betty Ritter could never say enough kind words about her sister and their wonderful family. My Uncle Emanuel was Aunt Joyce's prince that she adored. May God welcome my cousin into his heavenly kingdom until we can all meet again. God Bless.

Steve Loflin

January 24, 2014

I charish my time emailing and visiting with Bob. He has helped make me a better person

Allison Leeuw

January 24, 2014

Thoughts and prayers... Uncle Bob will be dearly missed. What a special memorial to share these amazing pictures - given he was such a great photographer himself. So many memories and so much love to cherish.

Chris Leeuw

January 24, 2014

Thoughts and prayers to all the Fishels - we'll miss you Uncle Bob.