Franklin H. Greb

Franklin H. Greb died peacefully on Dec. 13, 2016, at the age of 83.

Frank was born in Waukesha on July 19, 1933, to Howard and Hildegarde (Howard) Greb. He met the love his life, Marjorie Schwartz, in high school, and they were happily married for 64 years.

After being drafted into the Army and serving for two years, he graduated from Marquette University as a mechanical engineer with the help of the GI Bill. While raising his growing family in Waukesha, he worked for Bucyrus Erie in South Milwaukee until his retirement in 1993. Over those years, he played softball for the St. Mary’s Parish team, was a Boy Scout leader, and built a retirement home on Sevenmile Lake, near Three Lakes. Upon retirement he was very active in the community, as an elected Oneida County Board supervisor for several terms, as a president of the Three Lakes Lions Club and as a board member of the Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Association. He enjoyed his job operating the Burnt Rollways Boat Hoist, and monitoring lake and stream levels for Wisconsin Valley Improvement Corporation. He loved, and was dearly loved by his family and friends. A humble man of quiet strength, he loved building things both large and small. He loved growing things. He loved everything about the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, golfing, camping and skiing. He will be remembered for his unlimited generosity, his love for family, and the wisdom he passed on to his children and grand-children.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie;, his daughters Debra Lavin (Tim) of Prairie Village, Kan., Dawn McGinn (Bill) of Statesville, N.C., and Jill Fridl (Brian) of New Berlin; sons Frank (Ellen) of Madison, and William (Kristine) of Auburndale; his sister, Betty Hildebrand (Phil) of Three Lakes; 16 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic parish in Three Lakes.

To honor and celebrate his life, a gathering of his family and close friends will be held in 2017.