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John D. Frank

John D. Frank

July 23, 2020

John David Frank, 66, passed away on Thursday July 23,2020. John was born October 21,1953 to Virginia (Johnson) and William Frank. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1972.

After high school he went to work as a clerk on the Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 20 years. He then went to school at Chippewa Valley Technical College and received an associate degree in accounting. John then went on to work at UW-EC for 5 years. John could always be found with a video camera in his hand especially during the holidays and other family gatherings. John loved music, his many trips to Jamaica, but most of all his time spent at Island Lake with family and friends.
John was somewhat of a "free spirit" and made friends wherever he traveled. He was kind and generous and always ready to lend a helping hand. He will truly be missed by family and friends.

 John is survived by brothers, William (Michelean), Roger (Linda), Joseph, James (Laurie Janu), and Steven and sisters, Ann Przybylski, Kathleen (David) Ambers, Jean (Elliot) Schlimme, Paula, Judith (Jeff) Wold and Christine (John) Weigel. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Michelle Kane, Jason (Wendy) Kane, Patricia (Neal) Jackson, Kayla Ambers, Lisa (Aaron) Haemmerle, Kyle Frank, Dustin Sippel, Daniel Sippel, Amber (Ben) Holleman, Jonathon, Joshua and Ashley Frank.

 John is preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and William Frank, brother Patrick, brother Daniel (in infancy) and brother-in-law Rick Prybylski.

Due to Covid 19 a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at www.chippewavalleycremation.com






No services will be held at this time.

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  • Susan L Bjelke Dear Kathy and Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of John. My prayers are with you. May peace, love and joy be with you, always.

    Sue Bjelke

    August 8 at 6:14pm

  • Svend Nilsen Time has tricked me again dear old friend, I’ve been meaning to call for several months and have missed my last chance. I will miss you. Peace to the Frank family from Svend and Nancy Nilsen and family.

    August 4 at 9:01pm

  • Robert (Bob) Kozel John was an old friend but over time I fell out of touch. I lived on Fireside Lake when I was young. He will be missed. I wish him fair winds and a following sea on his journey.

    August 3 at 12:41pm

  • Ann and Bob Quast Bob and I where sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    I was younger but my husband remember listening to music and drinking a cold beer with John on many a Friday night.
    I remember John helping us carry cement bricks down the hill when we where building our my folks cabin on clear lake.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    August 3 at 9:18AM

  • Steve and Pam Johnson Sorry to hear the passing of John. We are thinking of all of you at this time.

    August 2 at 2:10PM

  • Roxanne McElwaine krenz So sorry to hear about John. We went to the tech college together. Karen, Cindy and thought he was a great guy.

    August 2 at 12:30PM

  • Jane Phillips Remembering your family during this difficult time. I was fortunate to be your parents neighbor at Island Lake and remember some of you kids from that time. Blessings to all.

    August 2 at 7:14AM

  • Frank Jeff Verito With heavy eyelids, I must weigh in on the extent of this tragic, untimely loss to the Frank Family, John's friends (many of whom I knew), and myself. He hosted me in Eau Claire, Minneapolis, and Island Lake probably twenty times, and he stayed with me at least fifteen times in Marquette, St. Cloud, and Alexandria, MN. We also winter-camped once in the Blue Hills. My heart goes out to the Franks. To have known John, Pat, and their parents was an extreme honor. I felt a special connection with Mr. Frank, and respected him as one of the finer men I've ever known. With the four Franks who I knew the best now gone, I implore any member(s) of the family to get hold of me along with friends that John and I knew in common. Blessings to John and the entire Frank Family. F. Jeff Verito 350 East Ridge Street, Marquette, MI, 49855 (906) 228-4131

    August 1 at 1:35PM

  • Cathryn A Sleep Very Sad to hear the news of Johns passing, We had many a good times over the years traveling to Jamaica & enjoying lots of other events (Music, camping, road trips) ! He was a Fun guy & will be missed by many. Lots of fun Memories with him & Pat. My Sincere Condolences to all his family.

    July 30 at 7:33AM

  • Paul & Amy Clark So sorry for your loss. I had a great childhood growing up with all the Frank's. John was the older quite brother. Many fond memories of the family. Heartfelt condolences from Amy, I and all the Clark Family

    July 30 at 7:02AM

  • Judith N Melicher Was lucky to have spent time with John and his parents at their beloved Island Lake many moons ago. As if 13 siblings weren't enough...his parents embraced me as one of their own! John didn't realize how much I appreciated his friendship and his kindness towards me. He will truly be missed. Knowing his beloved brother Pat and parents open arms is a great comfort to my soul...Amen

    July 30 at 12:07AM

  • Lochlan Stuart Christine, I'm am so sad to learn about your brother, John. My thoughts are with you, and you are in my heart.

    In living friendship,


    July 29 at 7:33PM

  • Jennifer Binczak Fondly remembering the Frank family and extending heartfelt sympathy as you grieve and mourn this loss.
    Jennifer Binczak, St. Joseph's Hospice

    July 29 at 8:35AM

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