Obituary: Robert R. Blish

March 9, 1960 – Oct. 29, 2019

Robert Russell Blish, 59, of Green Bay and formerly of Sturgeon Bay died at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview (De Pere) after a truly courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Gary and Gisela (Hollinger) Blish. Bob graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1978. He was active in sports, especially swimming during his high school years. Bob loved his family and enjoyed his dogs, Reggie and Mobie, to the end. Bob had been employed at Festival Foods as bakery manager, Neal Mast Greenhouses as its regional manager, and most recently Kwik Trip in Green Bay until his illness forced his retirement.

Bob never stopped living. He opened himself up to this fight and took it head on and freely trusted his caregivers and friends for help, whom he appreciated very much. He had a deep appreciation for the comfort of Christ’s love shared by his Pastor, Rev. Leon Ehlert, and his counsel throughout this past year.

Bob was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Green Bay. He was an avid sports-memorabilia collector and an animal lover.

Bob is survived by his niece, Jennifer Nesbitt; nephew, Ryan Nesbitt; two stepchildren, Alli Williams and Michael Williams [and their mother, Kori Perry]; his dear friends Tom and Carolyn Guth of Sturgeon Bay.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rosie Nesbitt; and nephew, Justin Nesbitt.

Bob’s life will be honored with a funeral service on Monday, Nov. 4, 11 am, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay, with Rev. Leon Ehlert officiating. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in the Town of Sevastopol (Sturgeon Bay).

Friends may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Sunday, Nov. 3, 3-6 pm; and on Nov. 4, 9-11 am.

Memorials may be given in Bob’s memory to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Door County Campus or the American Cancer Society for cancer research.

“Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts to me: my friends, Tom and Carolyn Guth, old friends and classmates, the health-care workers during my treatments, and the folks at Unity for their guidance on this journey. I have fought the good fight, finished my course. I have kept the faith.”

Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Robert can be shared through his tribute page at


Wisconsin Humane Society’s Door County Campus
3475 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel: 920.746.1111
Email: [email protected]

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123
Tel: 800.227.2345

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