Franklin J. Engelbrecht, 90


Franklin "Frank" J. Engelbrecht, 90, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. 

Frank was born on March 31, 1921 in Watertown to Henry and Della (nee Heitz). Frank graduated from Watertown High School in 1939, where he excelled in football and basketball, and was a member of the 1939 Class B State Championship basketball team. Upon his graduation from high school, Frank attended the University of Wisconsin and completed his degree in Business Administration at Carroll College. Frank was proud to serve his country in World War II, as a member of the 8th Air Force Bomb Group stationed in England. 

After his honorable discharge from the military, Frank married Mary "Jean" Casey on Jan. 23, 1946. Frank and Jean lived and worked in Watertown until moving to West Bend in 1954. Frank worked in various management positions in his 34-year career with Amity Leather Products, retiring in 1986. Frank served the city of West Bend as an alderman for two terms in the mid’70s. He was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the West Bend Country Club, where he won the club championship in 1964 and 1965. He was instrumental in the early course design, serving as greens chairman. 

Franks favorite activities included coaching grade school basketball, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, and spending time with family and friends. 

Frank is survived by his wife of over 65 years Jean; children Michael (Jerrilyn) of North Palm Beach Fla., Neil (Cathy) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Steven (Kathryn) of West Bend; and grandchildren Courtney (Stephen) Barr, Michael Christian (fiancée Cara Frison), Kathleen (Gregg) Engelbrecht-Lewison, Laura (Jason) Braatz, Connor (Brady Thrun), and Charles, Katherine, and Samuel. He is further survived by his brothers Elden (Valerie) Engelbrecht and Henry Engelbrecht, Jr., and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends. 

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave. with Father Jerry Repenshek presiding. Gathering will take place from 4 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. at the church only on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. Please consider memorial contributions to St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, The Kathy Hospice or Cedar Community. 

The family would like to express a special "Thank You" to G. Michael Mosley, M.D., and to all of the wonderful, compassionate caregivers at Cedar Lake Health Center. 

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. (262) 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.