Jim Fishback


Memorial Service
10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19
Gerth Funeral Chapel


Barker Church

Shriners Hospitals for Children

{March 31, 1943 - Feb. 15, 2022}

James Robert Fishback, 78, of Downing died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of James Milton and Roberta Eileen (Bone) Fishback on March 31, 1943 in LaBelle.

Jim graduated from Hannibal High School and attended two years of college. He went to work for the United States Postal Service in 1966, eventually becoming post master at several post offices. He retired in 2003.

He married the former Janet Elaine Gooden on March 15, 1986 at the Barker United Methodist Church. She survives.

Jim’s hobbies included hunting and fishing, clearing timber, riding his ATV or using his little tractor. He enjoyed classic cars and coins. Jim was a bowler, and was active with his father in leagues and tournaments. He followed football, basketball, golf and the Olympics on television.

Jim was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with the Valley of St. Louis and the Orient of Missouri. He was a member of the St. Johns Lodge #28 AF& AM of Hannibal.

Jim was also a member of the United Postmasters of America (UPMA, formerly NAPUS) and a lifetime member of the NRA.

The Fishbacks were members of the Barker United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Penny Mudd.

He was survived by his wife, Janet, of the home; children: Tony (Chris) Fishback of Wildwood, MO, Christin (Robb) Hylton of Waynesville, MO and Kris (April) Roberts of Middleton, OH; grandchildren: Tyler and Hannah Fishback, Seth, Caleb and Joshua Monroe, Clayton Hylton, Michael, Timothy and Jade Roberts; several nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

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  1. Janet, Tony and Christin, My heart is broken. Jim was such a wonderful man. A good husband, father and friend. I loved how much he loved my dear friend and he was so much fun to be around. I will treasure those memories. I have no words to describe this loss, except to say I know Jim is in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That brings me comfort. I hope it does for you all. Jim, fly high my friend and know we will take care of and love on Janet the rest of our days.

    Comment by Kathy Young on February 16, 2022 at 12:01 pm
  2. Was a classmate of Jim’s at Shelbina High School

    Comment by Don Kendrick on February 16, 2022 at 10:25 pm
  3. Janet, so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful person and boss. I enjoyed working for him at the Washington Post Office. Always, looked forward of him stopping by the post office to see how we were doing and how things were going after his retirement. We haven’t had another postmaster like him. I know we haven’t seen him in awhile but that doesn’t mean we haven’t thought or talked about him. He will be missed. Prayers for you and your family.

    Comment by Donna Hecktor on February 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm
  4. Dear Janet ,We shall surely miss Jim when we visit
    Missouri. Jim was my Buddy. We had such great talks.
    Our hearts go out to you. What a guy!
    Love from Georgia.
    Ron and Karen Kuntz

    Comment by Ron and Karen Kuntz on February 19, 2022 at 5:43 am
  5. So sorry for your !ossI never .ever met a gentle more kind man hugs to you

    Comment by Jane bulen on February 19, 2022 at 8:34 am
  6. So sorry for your

    Jim was such a kind gent!e .man so glad. I got . To
    Meet him en joyed the card games.

    Comment by Jane buLen on February 19, 2022 at 8:45 am
  7. So sorry for your losss the world never had a more gentle kinder man

    Comment by Jane bulen on February 19, 2022 at 8:51 am
  8. Janet, I am so sorry for your loss! Please tell Kris I’m sorry! I will be thinking of your families during this sad time! I am sending prayers, hugs and love to all of your families! Again, I am so sorry!

    Comment by Michaelene Cochran on February 19, 2022 at 7:16 pm
  9. I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Jim Fishback. I was a classmate of his at Hannibal High School. He was a great person and a great athlete. We all will miss him very much. Our prayers are with you Janet and family.

    Comment by Judy Haines Weiler on February 21, 2022 at 8:09 am
  10. I’m so sorry for your loss Janet. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Marla Chard on February 22, 2022 at 8:57 pm

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