Obituary of Robert D. Wischerath, Sr.
Robert D Wischerath was born in Buffalo, NY, on September 1, 1930 to Lambert and Jeannette Wischerath. He grew up in North Buffalo with his two older siblings (Jean and Bud) and graduated from St Rose Grammar School.
He graduated from Canisius High School (1948) and Canisius College (1952), meeting lifelong friends at both Jesuit institutions. He remained active in class reunions and activities until his death. While in high school, he earned the nickname “Herc” (short for Hercules) due to his prodigious physical presence (5’11” 130 lbs) – a nickname that stuck with him throughout his life.
Drafted into the Army in 1952 during the Korean War, he served stateside at Fort Myer, Arlington, VA as a lab technician. After earning his Honorable Discharge, he returned to Western NY in 1954 to begin his professional career with Olin Chemical.
Shortly after his return, he met Patricia Scanlon – they were married May 23, 1959 and spent the next 63 years building a beautiful life together. He often referred to his wedding day as “the best day of my life.” The family quickly grew to include five sons – Bob, Dave, Tom, John and Paul – along with several dogs and numerous other pets. As you might imagine, family life was high energy, chaotic and loud – and Herc loved every minute of it!
Professionally, his career took off when he started with HB Fuller – at the time, a small specialty chemical and adhesives manufacturer - he was promoted numerous times and established life-long friendships with many work colleagues. The company went public in 1968. He resigned in 1975 after determining a move to Minneapolis, MN (corporate HQ) was not in the best interests of his family.
Herc elected the entrepreneurial route, starting Chemical Marketing Associates in 1975 and later purchased a small wholesale distribution company that eventually became ACI Controls. One of his proudest accomplishments was successfully growing the business with four of his sons. He remained active in the business well into his 80’s.
Herc’s biggest priorities were his many friends and large, extended family. He & Patsy hosted large groups for every holiday and several important events – annual Super Bowl party (because they had the first color tv), Oktoberfest (with live band), Friday Night Poker, Dinner Club, Charitable Fund Raisers, etc. There were always people at our house! Thankfully, Herc enjoyed cooking and often handled the kitchen responsibilities.
One of the highlights of the year was our annual family vacation. Lots of great memories from the Adirondacks, Algonquin Park, Jersey Shore, Outer Banks, Hilton Head and Florida. One trip stands out from all the others – an 8 day rafting trip down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon with his five sons and nephew. He talked about that trip for years. Additionally, he and Patsy enjoyed traveling the globe and were fortunate to visit Australia, Africa, South America and Europe. They always returned with a bunch of pictures and a ton of stories.
Herc was a Man of Faith with a strong belief in God. He leaned on his Catholicism in good time and bad. He was grateful and humble in times of good fortune. Quiet and trusting in God’s way during times of loss and hardship. He was a strong role model for all that had the good fortune of knowing him.
Requiescat in Pace, Herc.
Wischerath, Robert D., Sr. “Herc” September 18, 2022 of Orchard Park, NY. Beloved husband of the late Patricia K. (nee Scanlon) Wischerath; devoted father of Robert D. (Barbara) Wischerath Jr., David L. (Barbara) Wischerath, Thomas D. (Jacqueline) Wischerath, John K. Wischerath, and Paul J. (Kelly) Wischerath; loving grandfather of Matthew, Megan, Lauren, Megan, Katherine, Andrew, Jeffrey, Brian, Michael, Daniel, Patrick, Katherine, Joseph, Shannon, Caroline, and William; brother of the late Lambert (late Sally) Wischerath Jr. and late Jean Wischerath; also survived by nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday 9/26, 10 AM at St. Michael Church 651 Washington St. Buffalo, NY 14203. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society or Canisius High School. Online donations and condolences may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.