Franklin H. Boesch, 87

Franklin H. Boesch passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at his home in Grafton at the age of 87. He died from a short battle with cancer. Frank would always say "It’s a Great Life." "Frankie" will be very much missed by family and loved ones.

Franklin was born on Nov. 26, 1922, to Edgar and Mamme (nee Barth) in Thiensville.  Frank was one of five brothers, with the others being Eddie, Elmer, Kenny and Clarence Boesch. On Oct. 24, 1942, Franklin married the love of his life, Dolores (nee Woltring), who passed away on Jan. 8, 2010. They were married for a blissful 67 years together.

Major Franklin Boesch enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 19. He was a B-24 bombardier and navigator during World War II in England. Frank flew a total of 35 missions with honor. When he returned to the U.S., they wouldn’t release him, so he stayed in the Air Force Reserves. At the end of a long 26 years of service, Major Franklin Boesch retired with many medals, such as the Distinguished Flying Medal. Franklin loved nothing more than serving his country. Soon after leaving the military, Franklin and good friend, Ralph Blaubach, opened  Grafton Service.

Franklin was the beloved husband to the late Dolores.  Frank was the caring dad to son Thomas (Cheryl) Boesch of Saukville; and the late Michael Boesch and daughter-in-law Jane Boesch of Grafton. He was a devoted grandpa to seven grandchildren, Todd (Rachael) Boesch, Kevin (Becky) Boesch, Kristin (Anthony) Lampasona, Jason (Heather) Boesch, Toby (Renee) Boesch, Benjamin (Tia) Boesch and Anna Boesch, plus eight great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by many more family and friends.

Funeral services were held at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg on Sun. Nov. 7, 2010. Visitation was held on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the service, officiated by the Rev. Roger Boesch, began at 3 p.m. Burial was at Immanuel Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at 10  a.m.

All memorials in Frank’s name may be given to the Honor Flight for U.S. veterans.

Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family. For online condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.