Paul J. “Sonny” Frank, Jr., of Neenah, age 82, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home, at King, WI, surrounded by his family. He was born March 29, 1931 in Fond du Lac, son of the late Paul J. and Irma (Radtke) Frank Sr.
Sonny graduated from Neenah High School where he was Captain of Neenah’s first baseball team. He was a golden gloves boxing champion and after joining the U.S. Army during the Korean War he was a member of the Army boxing team.
Sonny married Irene Skell on May 8, 1954. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2012. He was employed with the Soo Line Railroad until retiring in 1987. He then stayed active running a lawn care service.
Sonny enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, competing in other sports, and also hunting and fishing. He loved watching his grandchildren participating in their sporting activities. Sonny was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church of Neenah, the Neenah VFW Post #10893 where he served on their Honor Guard, and the Rusty Rails.
Survivors include his three children: Tom (Diane) Frank; Linda (Tom) Voight; and Tammy (Greg) Roou; his grandchildren: Lisa Smith; Cindy Kreuser; Neil (Brittany) Frank; Nicholas (Maureen) McLain; Kelly (Andrew) Naughton; Ryan (Sarah) McLain; Rachel and Allie Frank; Eric Voight and Sul Garcia, Melissa (Michael) Russo and Matthew Roou. He is further survived by his great-grandchildren: Olivia and Montana Smith; Estelle and June Harsh, Cleo Naughton, Sophia McLain, Brieyel Frank, Ethan Voight, Jacob, Abby and Lucas Russo; his twin sister, Pauline Darkow; a sister, Julie (Dick) Koslowski; and two brothers: Bob (Edna) Frank, Ralph (Mary) Frank. Sonny was preceded in death by a son, Michael Frank, and his wife, Ellie; a grandson, Aaron Frank; and a daughter-in-law, Christine Frank.
The Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 900 Geiger St., Neenah, with Fr. Larry Seidl officiating. The visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 AM until the hour of Mass. Military rites will follow the service conducted by the US Army and the Neenah Menasha Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Sonny’s name.
Sonny’s family would like to extend a warm thank you to the nurses and staff at MacArthur Hall of Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, as well as the ThedaCare Hospice at Home, for the great care and compassion given to Sonny.