Robert Kish Obituary, Death – Robert Louis Kish Jr.’s ballad is one worth reciting with enthusiasm. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend known as Bob. He brought life to people around him and didn’t hesitate to share his admiration and affection for individuals and his community. He was known for his quick wit, gentle attitude, and boundless grit.
Carol Wesner and Robert Louis Kish Sr. gave birth to Bob on July 23, 1958, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He met Sibyl, the love of his life, after graduating from Lakeshore High School, and the two began constructing a life together. They bought a soon-to-be-charming river home and began renovating it while raising their own family. They had four children, which he adored and raised in this house. Years later, Bob built his own custom home and barn in the woods behind the cottage for his family, displaying many of his incredible carpentry and construction skills.
Bob, a St. Joe River native of 40 years, could navigate the river with his eyes closed and spent many days on the water with his family. Bob was even highlighted in the media during the Flood of ’88 for his determination to wade through waist-deep water to buy bacon and milk for his family.
Bob had a remarkable work ethic. After a long day’s labor, he’d typically blast Rush’s “Working Man” through the speakers. Bob worked as a proficient tool and die maker at numerous shops before completing his first job at Hanson Mold. Bob took up his hard hat in 2002 and courageously set out to build Hidden Pointe Fun Park in Benton Harbor. For nearly 20 years, he and Sibyl operated the park and then Hidden Pointe Hall. Thousands of people have found delight in the Fun Park and Hall as a result of their hard work. Bob had a huge success in this, and the business is still going strong.
Bob, like his mother, was a brilliant singer and a skilled bowler, and he proudly displayed his 300-ring. He loved music, and his ever-expanding playlist served as a soundtrack to his life. Bob enjoyed singing and jamming with his sons and dancing with his kids. At The Hall’s many open-mic nights and bluegrass concerts with Sibyl, you could catch a glimpse of his renowned twist.