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Franklin D. Kiener passed away on January 08, 2018, at Copperleaf Village of Ripon where he had resided since June of 2016. Frank was born May 22, 1933, on the family farm in Beckam County Oklahoma, 8 miles south of Berlin Oklahoma, to Walter E.and Stella Mae Kiener (Spell), the fifth of six children. He married Kenlyn K. Passick in Camanche Iowa on March 30, 1962.
They have four sons, Jeff and Tracy, children Ashley and Jordan. Brett and Suzanne, children Stacy, Anna, Eric, great grandkids Graham and Sebastian. Michael and Chloe, son Ace. James and Tracy, children Cassie and Christian.
Frank was a lifelong educator working in school systems in Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and finally in Green Lake Wisconsin (8 miles south of Berlin WI) where he taught Science and was school Principal from 1971 until his retirement in 1995. As a young man Frank left the family farm and worked wheat harvest crews from Texas to the Dakotas, and worked on several ranches and farms thru out the wheat belt as harvest foreman. His experience raising horses on the family farm with his sister Betty Jo, sparked his interest in Rodeo, where he was a ·bareback rider for 7 years at local events. Frank served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, and upon his return from military service, set out on a career in education earning his BA and MA from Southwestern State University, Weatherford Oklahoma.
Frank is survived by his wife of 56 years, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Two sisters, Velma White of Oklahoma City and Sue (JJ) Burden of Edmond Oklahoma. Brother in law Peter (Sharon) Passick Muskego WI,Sister in law Jayne (Johnnie) Walters El Reno Ok., and several nephews and nieces, and special friends that were made over the years. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers JB Kiener and Dewitt Kiener, and sister Betty Jo Colvin.
Per Franks wishes no public service will be held, instead donations can be made to the Willis-Chapel Post 306 of the American Legion, Green Lake WI, or the Alzheimers research association. We would like to thank Copperleaf Village CBRF in Ripon WI for the care Frank received there during his stay. We would also like to thank Southern Care Hospice for their care of Frank during his last days.
Wiecki-Skipchak Funeral Home
116. S. Adams Ave
Berlin, WI 54923
(920) 361-2050
Published on February 16, 2018
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