Andrew M. Fischbach: 1920-2012

Mass of Christian Burial for Andrew M. Fischbach, age 92, of Faith, SD was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Faith, Fr. Jim Hoerter and Fr. Mike Mulloy officiating. Burial followed in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery west of Faith, SD.

He was a rancher and an engineer, a World War II veteran and an active contributor to the civic affairs of his hometown and state. Most of all, he was father to a large and boisterous brood of 10 children, who gave him 25 grandchildren and, so far, 33 great-grandchildren.

Andy Fischbach, a plain-spoken cowboy from Faith, S.D., died Tuesday morning at a nursing home in New Underwood, SD, of complications from aspiration pneumonia. He was 92. The past three years he had been in assisted living in Rapid City, SD.

He is survived by sons Michael (Ann) of Overland Park, KS; David (Eldora) and Noel (Julie) of Faith; Mark (Rose) of Seattle, WA; Dan (Marge) of Columbia, MO; Bob of Omaha, NE; and Andre (Mary Ann) of Clark’s Summit, PA; daughters, Yvette Kottman of Lewes, DE; Kathy Schuchhardt (David) of Faith; and Julie (Leo) Waner of Waunakee, WI; a sister, Mrs. Walter Schlomer of Glenham, SD; 25 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvette.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Faith Senior Citizens Center, the Faith Schools Fund or St. Joseph Catholic Church.