Frank H. Himelhan, Jr., age 92, of Lyons, Ohio, a very special father and grandfather, passed away peacefully, Monday evening, March 25, 2019. He was born January 14, 1927 in Strand, Iowa to Frank Henry, Sr. and Irma (Carper) Himelhan. At the age of 6, the family moved to the family farm in Phillipsburg, Missouri, where he graduated high school. Frank was drafted in the United States Army serving from 1945-1947. On October 15, 1950, he married his beloved wife, Rose Marie O'Leary. She preceded him in death on November 3, 1993.
Frank retired from SE Johnson where he worked road construction. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and building construction. In his lifetime, he built 5 homes, 2 barns, remodeled kitchens, built decks, 2 pools, 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, MO 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 splashing around and having a great time. 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 will be greatly missed by his six children, Linda Rupp of Wauseon, OH, Betty (Max) Stough of Delta, OH, Tom (Lori) Himelhan of Lyons, OH, Kathy (Dick) Snyder of Delta, OH, Nancy (Les) Duke of Delta, OH and Lori (Steve) Barnett of Adrian, MI; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren with another on the way; special niece, Bobbi Jo Meir of Grand Rapids, MI; several other nieces and nephews and his dear friend, Kitty Huntley.
Besides his loving wife of 43 years, Rose Marie, Frank was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford, Richard and Robert Himelhan; sister, Shirley Hoock; and son-in-law, Ed Rupp.
Family and friends may visit Saturday, March 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 413 E. Main St. in Metamora (419.644.3601), where a service celebrating Frank's life will begin at 12:00 (Noon) led by his grandson, Pastor Mark Rupp.
Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice or Lyons Fire Department.