Robert D. Fritsch

July 11, 1934August 10, 2019

Robert “Bob” Fritsch of Viera, Florida passed away peacefully on August 10th, 2019.

Bob was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 11, 1934 and spent most of his early life in the Chicago area. He was a student at Downers Grove High School before joining the Marine Corps to serve his country in the Korean War.

Bob worked as a construction engineer at Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Advance Mechanical. Bob and his wife, Ina, then relocated to Glenwood Springs, Colorado where Bob started his own construction company, Yampah Builders. Upon retirement, Bob and Ina settled in Viera, Florida where Bob enjoyed golfing and traveling. Bob also served on the Board of The Community Development Commission (CDC).

He is survived by his wife, Ina; his children, Jeff (Joan) Fritsch, Jenny (John) Potanos, and Jill (Phil) Gattone; stepdaughters Heidi Mark, Andrea Anderson, and Rachel (Vijay) Bachus. Bob was known as “Grandpa Bob” to 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, who will all miss him very much.

Visitation will be from 10-11am on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 S US Hwy 1 Rockledge, FL followed by a funeral service at 11:00am, burial and luncheon immediately following. Family welcomes all of Bob’s friends to come and share in the celebration of his well lived life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial in Bob’s name can be made to Epilepsy Foundation of America at: 8301 Professional Place Suite 200 Landover, Maryland 20785

Bob’s family would like to thank Health First Hospice for their care and expertise, as well as numerous friends who helped and provided support. Special thanks to Jim Seidel for facilitating Bob’s memorial service.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019


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Carol and Max Cline

August 14, 2019

For the past 30 years, Bob has been in our lives. We loved his cheerful manner and we loved the way Bob made Ina so happy. On our visits with Bob, he would regale Max with memories of his time in the marines. Bob was very kind and sweet to me (Carol) and I shall miss him very much. May he rest in peace.

David and Silvia Rainer

August 14, 2019

Bob became the "mayor" of the Country Diner in Rockledge and "officiated" from "his spot." Many of his friends from the diner are missing him. He told about his career as a ski instructor and he was smart about air conditioners and construction. He was very inquisitive and up to date about the space program. He cared about a diverse group of us who were just friends at the diner. He asked you questions that showed he cared about you. He told us how he and Ida watched the birds that morning and now when we watch birds at our feeder we will keep a warm spot in our hearts for Bob.

Irwin Shorr

August 13, 2019

I remember my first cousin, Ina telling me how she and Bob met, which was on an airplane. Bob saw Ina and began to chat, so Ina officially got 'picked up' at 20,000 feet! One of the most heartwarming details about Ina's appreciation of Bob, was his family. Ina often said that when she married Bob, she inherited a wonderful family, whom she loved dearly.

Thank you, Bob and family for making my cousin Ina happy for so many years.