Reynolds John Fischbach II, D.D.S.,
Date of Birth:
September 7, 1930
Date of Death:
May 15, 2023
Dr. Reynolds John Fischbach II, D.D.S., 92, of St Paul, MN, passed away peacefully, with family at his side on Monday, May 15, 2023, at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Rey “Bud” was born September 7, 1930, in St. Paul, MN to Reynolds and Esther Fischbach. He graduated Cretin High School in 1948, earned his undergrad from the University of MN in 1951 and finished Dental School at the University of MN in 1955. While pursuing his education he was also involved in ROTC, was a band member, an All-Conference Champion Swimmer in the MIAC, lifeguard at various pools including Lake Johanna and an intern at the University of MN School of Medicine. During this time, he also enlisted in the U.S. Navy 1948-55 becoming an Officer in 1956. Rey fell in love with the orient when he was stationed in Okinawa Japan attached to the 10th Division of the US Marine Corp as a Naval Reserve Dental Corp officer. His stations included Guam and Astoria Oregon.
On Monday, February 3, 1958, he opened his dental practice in St. Paul with 2 weeks’ worth of appointments. He soon found he needed help with his practice and among his first hires was the love of his life, Patricia Ann Baier, whom he married on November 26, 1960. They enjoyed raising their five children in Afton and the St Croix River area during their 31-year marriage. He was an active parishioner and served as one of the Liturgists at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Lake St Croix Beach, MN.
He practiced dentistry in Lakeland, MN and in St. Paul for over 60 years, until his retirement at age 89. He loved his career, employees, patients, and colleagues as well as dentistry’s ever evolving technology. He even successfully lobbied to have fluoride added to the city of St. Paul’s water supply.
He loved swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, and windsurfing. He was a charter member of the St. Paul Power Squadron, St. Paul Pool and Yacht Club and St. Croix Valley Friends of Youth. He served as President of the St. Paul District Dental Society, member of the MAGR (MN Association Gnathological Research), Speakers Bureau, a part-time faculty member of University of MN Dental School and a national ambassador for modern dental technology companies.
The last 20 years he spent considerable time at his home on Marco Island, FL. He loved cruising the Gulf waters, fishing and entertaining friends and family visiting him there. He was an active parishioner of San Marco Catholic Church.
Through his life he taught his children the values of a strong work ethic and the importance of contributing to society, family, friends and the greater communities.
Rey had a story for nearly every situation which endeared him to all who met him. His impact during his time on earth is one rarely achieved. Those who knew him couldn’t help but love and admire him.
Dr. Fischbach is survived by his children, John (Anita) Fischbach, Heidi (Patrick) Gadbois, Sarah (Fiancé Paul Amato) Urman, Maria (Mike) Adamson and Stephen Fischbach; and seven grandchildren, Jacob, Aaron, Tim, William (Tia), Patti, Mallory (Nick) and Weston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, grandson Dylan Gadbois and son-in-law Mike Urman.
We would like to thank the staff of Charter House Senior Living Community, Charter House Home Health, Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital for their expertise, care and support.
Visitation will be Friday, May 26 from 10-11:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am both to be held at The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Interment immediately following at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Scholarships - Dentistry Student Emergency Fund online at https://makingagift.umn.edu/give/yourgift.html?&cart=23498 Or by mail to University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266.
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