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“Bobby Fenn, from St. Louis to Mn./St. Paul from West Allis to Champaign our East coast nemesis from a West coast competitor/friend, you helped make...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: John Keith - Thailand - friend

Bob Fenn - 1962 Eastern States Championships in Saratoga Springs. “I knew Bob as a competitor - mostly in east coast/Eastern Seaboard competitions with many U.S.Open, North American and National Indoor/outdoor...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Dave Lisi - Rochester, NY

“Samantha, reading all of these wonderful tributes to your Bob makes me so sad that I never got to personally know Bob better except through a family...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: MaryBeth Kirby - Milwaukee, WI

“I met Bob at the Olympic Ice Rink in West Allis. He was a fierce competitor. He was a favorite of my father, Warren and mom, Lee Kellermann. They...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Ned Kellermann - New Berlin, WI

“My condolences for your loss. May the words at Isaiah 35:5,6 give you comfort and peace. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Bobby Fenn. We grew up together in Flushing Queens NYC and we're best friends. Bob was an Usher in my...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Robert Leto - Schenectady, NY

“I always will remember Bobby as a FIERCE competitor and fellow member of the ARMY cycling team in 1968. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Binetti - Bridgewater, NJ

“"We mourn with you. May the God of all comfort, comfort the family at this time of sorrow." ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“I cannot express in words my thoughts and remembrances about Bobby. I knew him from New York back in the 60s already. He touched all of our lives in...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Peter Kooreman - Grand Rapids, MI

“My sincerest condolences to the family, I am sorry for your loss. Jude 1: 20, 21 ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“He welcomed a group of young women from Michigan into his fold in the fall of 1981. We all stayed in the same flat, and went to the rink in West...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Barb Johnson - Janesville, WI

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Bob will be missed on and off the ice. ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: April Hill - Milwaukee, WI

“Bobby was quite the character. I so enjoyed every trip to The Pettit to skate, talk to Bobby , go to breakfast , go on tours of the city . He was New...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Susan St.Pierre - Newburgh, NY

“I'm going to miss you Roscoe. You helped bring me to Milwaukee from Michigan and taught me how to skate and what dedication and hard work really was...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Al Schiller - Spring Hill, FL

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time! Bob coached my brother Doug for many years and they traveled the world together. ...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Michelle MacKenzie-Sanford - WI

“From the 60's & 70's, "His name is Roscoe, he drinks his Bosco". What a competitor, he inspired all of us from the East Coast, and made...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Johnny Wurster - Saratoga Springs, NY

“Bob was the most loving, passionate, energetic, and unselfish person I have ever known. I never saw Bob in a bad mood. His dedication for his sport...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Connie Milligan - Monticello, IN

“If i was to paint a picture from memory of my time at the state fairgrounds/ the pettit, bob would be standing at "his pillar" calling out splits to...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Elise Brinich - Glen Ellyn, IL

“My Brother, You will be missed by your West Coast Family. We are still trying to come to an understanding how this could happen to Uncle Bob. I will...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Arlene Fenn Wolfe - Corona, CA

“Bob was the man who took a group of us to Berlin, Germany in 1982 (still a walled in city then) to train for making the various speedskating teams in...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Allen Forsyth - New Milford, CT

“You will be missed Roscoe. But heaven has a bit more excitement now that you are there! ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Angela Zuckerman - Milwaukee, WI


Robert Kenneth “Roscoe" "Bobby” Fenn Bob died suddenly and peacefully at home, Sunday, October 8th 2017. He was born November 2nd, 1943 in Manhattan, NY, to Gilbert and Anne Fenn. His formative years were spent in Queens NY, where he excelled as a champion speed skater and cyclist. He rode for the German Cycling Club. He skated for Grossinger’s resorts, and the Middle Atlantic Skating Association. Fenn graduated from Flushing High School in 1961. He served honorably in the US Army from 1966-1968. Just 5’7” in stature Roscoe towered over all competitors in cycling and skating with finesse, grit, strategy and a competitive resolve surpassed by no one. Fenn moved to Wisconsin in his early 20s to further pursue his cycling and skating careers, where he also apprenticed as a carpenter. He learned his craft and became a journeyman, helping build many of the bridges on the Milwaukee area interstate system; His proudest achievements were his work on the Hyatt Regency downtown, and Miller Park. Bobby was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners local 344. He had tremendous pride in his trade and loyally attended union meetings and functions. As a competitor in cycling, his accomplishments include 1960 US National Junior Cycling champion, in those times decided by both road race and track events. Roscoe competed against the names of the day, notably the Disney brothers, Jim Rossi and Jackie Simes. Unfortunately US Cycling was unavailable for further history and data. In 1957, Roscoe won the first of his US National skating titles, Juvenile Boys US National Indoor Champion (short track). As an intermediate, (17 years of age) Bobby won back to back National Indoor titles in 1960 and 1961. He was U.S. Open Champion as a Senior, Outdoor (long track). Roscoe won back to back titles US Open Indoor titles in 1964 and 1965. He dominated in both disciplines. Roscoe set many National and North American records during this time, and when not champion he was 2nd or 3rd overall countless times. He raced against the likes of Ken Bartholomew, Floyd Bedberry, Neil Blatchford, Buddy Campbell, Jim Campbell, Pete Cefalu, Bob Fitzgerald, the Disney brothers, Tom Gray, Barth Levy, Dick Hunt, Bill Lanigan, John and Rich Wurster, to name just a few. Roscoe won a bronze in the 500m at the first World Short track Competition in 1976, along with a gold in the 5000m relay and a silver in the 3000m, Roscoe was most proud of those accomplishments. If short track were in the Olympics when he was skating, he would have “cleaned up”. As a coach he was incomparable, he had a hand in, or was architect of numerous champions and Olympians in both sports, Roscoe gave his knowledge, his passion and his resources to many, many skaters and cyclists. He gave and gave and gave some more. He always wondered if he gave enough. Yes he did! Bob is survived by Samantha, his loving wife of 10 short years, culminating a love that transcended some 39 years. They finally “got it right”. Also surviving is older sister Arlene Fenn Wolfe, and nephew David Wolfe, niece Karen Oxford all of Corona, CA, He leaves to mourn his loss, his daughter and his tiny ballet dancer, Mary Elizabeth Fenn of Cleveland, OH. Additional survivors include his bonus daughters Kelley (Freddy) Betances and Katie (Aaron) Tester and bonus grandchildren Raquel and Remi, who lovingly called him “Mr. Bob”. Roscoe is also mourned and celebrated by an enormous and grateful skating and cycling community worldwide, and finally by Erik Henriksen, his first Olympian, brother and best friends to one another forever. Visitation at HARDER FUNERAL HOME on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 4 PM until time of service at 7:30 PM. Family suggests memorials to www.gofundme.com/theron2theolympics to aid Theron Sands in his pursuit of making the 2018 U.S. Olympic Speed Skating team. Full details of the desired memorial are found in the go fund me link.

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