Robert Wishmeier

Published 2:25 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Robert Wishmeier, 92, a longtime resident of Morgan Chapel Village, Columbus, died Sunday evening, Dec. 6 at his home.

Bob was born in Chicago on May 6, 1917. He spent his boyhood in Holland, Mich., graduating from Holland public high school in 1935 and from Hope College in 1939. While attending college he was a sports writer for the Holland Evening Sentinel and for the United Press. He later worked for the Adrian Daily Telegram in Adrian, Mich. He was in Navy training at Great Lakes when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps as a navigation instructor in Quantico, Va., later serving as a navigator with Marine transport squadron in the Solomon Islands and in China.

After discharge from service in 1946, he joined Pure Oils sales promotion department in Chicago, working at a number of assignrnents in sales promotion and merchandising; including negotiating the original sponsorship agreement with Nascar Racing and Pure. He was TBA Manager for Pure when the company was sold to Union 76. He retired from Unocal in 1976.

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Bob and his wife Bettie and daughter Nancy lived for many years in Northbrook, Ill. While there, he was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Pure Oil group of the Chicago Junior Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Federated Advertising Club. For a number of years he was active in the International Oil Industry TBA group and was chairman for the Central Section at retirement.

Bob was an honorary member of the Tryon Golf Club and past board member of Morgan Chapel Village.

The family moved to Columbus in 1982, a move somewhat influenced by his relationship during college days with Carter Brown, who owned the resort inn at Castle Park and who also founded the Pine Crest Inn in Tryon. Austin Brown, Carter Browns son, was one of the kids who were often under Rob Wishmeiers care summer days for families who lived at Castle Park.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Tryon Presbyterian Church, where Bob had been an active member of the choir.