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Robert L. Risher Jr.

Monday, December 21, 2009

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Robert L. Risher, Jr., 53, of Bloomington andformerly of Linton, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at Bloomington Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1956 in Greene County to Robert L. and Barbara D. (Hubble) Risher, Sr.

He graduated from Linton-Stockton High School and obtained a BA and Master's in Education from Indiana University.

Bob was an Emmy Award winning writer and producer of videos and television. He started creating films in high school and began his professional career making educational films for IU's Motion Picture Department. He produced many award winning films on technology, communication, history, geography and medicine while working at the Agency for Instructional Technology, at Cook Inc., and on numerous free-lance projects. Bob also earned anonymous success as a Hollywood script doctor. In addition to authoring several treatments and screenplays, he contributed to a number of successful films, among them the 2005 release A History of Violence. He recently completed work on a series of videos that comprise the main display at the newly created U.S. Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.

In his spare time, Bob used his talent to write, produce, and act in several plays for the Bloomington Playwrights Project, including "Glengarry Glenross" and his own one man show, "Maximum Bob." This year, he also participated in The 48-Hour Film Project in Indianapolis, writing and acting in "I'm Not Talking to You," a short comedy that won the 2009 Audience Choice Award.

He was a loving father and a fiercely loyal friend.

Survivors include his son, Zachary Risher of Bloomington; his father, Robert L. Risher, Sr.; one sister, Pam (Bobby) Houston; one niece, Haylee Houston and one nephew, Cain (Tomi) Cooksey, all of Linton and his ex-wife, Jonna Risher.

Bob was preceded in death by one son, Jefferson Robert Risher, his mother and his grandparents, George and Beulah Wautelet and Charles and Vernie Hubble.

Friends may call at the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 and on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation is scheduled following the funeral service per Bob's wishes.

Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonpoindexter.com