Thomas E. Frank, 82
July 25, 1933 -- Aug. 13, 2015
Thomas E. Frank, born July 25, 1933, and passed away surrounded by his children on Aug. 13, 2015.
Tom was born and raised in Cedarburg, and graduated from Cedarburg High School in May 1951.
Within a year of graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps, the beginning of a lifelong dedication to his country. He proudly served in the Marines, seeing active duty during the Korean War, after which he joined the Air Force Reserves, became a flight engineer and transitioned into a civil defense engineer career.
Dad met Mom on a blind date in May 1962, and they were married on Dec. 29, 1962, in Minneapolis. They were married for 47 years and raised five children. Dad and Mom were loyal parishioners of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg.
Dad’s enjoyments in life were spending time with family and friends, gardening, playing sheepshead, hunting, fishing on Lake Michigan, Lake Erie and in Canada, vacationing at his beloved Pincherry Lake, traveling with Mom to Hi-Lo camping gatherings and wintering in Weslaco, Texas, traveling to Europe, attending air shows and especially participating in American Legion activities.
After retirement, he was a dedicated and much-loved volunteer for the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed driving the senior van and caring for his grandchildren.
Beloved husband of the late RoseMarie Frank.
Loving father of five children and proud grandfather of nine grandchildren: Dawnmarie (Stephen) Gorman Frank of Milwaukee, Scott (Amy) Frank of Fredonia, Lance (Jessica) Frank of Stevens Point, Bridget (Eric) Nagorsen of Belgium and Valerie (John) Aspenleiter of Jackson; and loving grandchildren, Sophia (17), John III (“Jeep”) (14), Elijah (8), Audrey (14), Ava (11), Adriana (11), Annemarie (7), Rohan (2) and Thomas (1).
Dear brother of Bernice (the late Bud) Miser of Port Washington. Cherished brother-in-law of Ruth Frank. Preceded in death by sisters, Audrey (the late Ken) Zwickey and Monica (the late Dick) Tillman and brothers Glenn (the late Eunice) and Richard Frank.
Further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, colleagues and comrades who were touched by his generosity, zest for life and love.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church (South) at noon, with visitation at the church Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will also be held Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the Cedarburg Mueller Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Legion Post 288 in Cedarburg. Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com to view the Thomas E. Frank video tribute, or to send online condolences to the Frank family.