Himelhan, Frank

Frank H. Himelhan, Jr., 92, of Lyons, Ohio, died March 25, 2019. 

He was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Strand, Iowa, to Frank Henry, Sr., and Irma (Carper) Himelhan.

When he was six years old, the family moved to the family farm in Phillipsburg, Mo., where he graduated from high school. 

Frank was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1945 to 1947. On Oct. 15, 1950, he married Rose Marie O’Leary. She preceded him in death on Nov. 3, 1993. 

Frank retired from SE Johnson where he worked in road construction. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and building construction. In his lifetime, he built five homes, two barns, remodeled kitchens, built decks, two pools and swing sets and was involved in numerous other projects. There was nothing he couldn't build or repair. He looked forward to taking road trips back home to the family farm in Phillipsburg and visiting with relatives.

Most of all, Frank enjoyed watching his family grow. Summers were most special to him when his swimming pool was full of grandkids. The grandkids could always expect a card mailed from Grandpa on their birthday. Frank was also known for his homemade chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles and pie. Sunday dinners at the Himelhan home were a family tradition. 

Frank is survived by six children, Linda Rupp of Wauseon, Ohio, Betty (and Max) Stough of Delta, Ohio, Tom (and Lori) Himelhan of Lyons, Kathy (and Dick) Snyder of Delta, Nancy (and Les) Duke of Delta, and Lori (and Steve) Barnett of Adrian, Mich.; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife of 43 years, Frank was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford, Richard and Robert Himelhan; sister, Shirley Hoock; and son-in-law, Ed Rupp.

Visitation is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora. A service celebrating Frank's life will begin at noon, led by his grandson, Pastor Mark Rupp.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Great Lakes Hospice or Lyons Fire Department.