NAME OF DECEASED:
FRANCIS “FRANK” H. BROST
ADDRESS: N3205 Crane Drive, Medford; A township of Medford resident
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:00 AM Thursday, September 8 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield where he had been a patient for the past 3 weeks, with family at his side. Frank fought a courageous battle the last six weeks while he was a patient at Medford and Marshfield Hospital with his illness.
TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday, September 14 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford
OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger & Deacon Joe Stefancin
PLACE OF BURIAL: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford where there will be graveside military rites performed by the Medford Military Honors Team
VISITATION AT: Hemer Funeral Home from 2:30 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 13 where there will be a 4:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that afternoon, visitation will also be at the funeral home from 9 AM until 11:15 AM on Wednesday, September 14
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: He was born February 26, 1928 to Anton J. Brost Jr. and Mary (Stauner) Brost in the Town of Medford. He was the fifth out of nine children.
EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School
MARRIAGE INFORMATION: In 1958 Frank met Ruth Devine of Marshfield, the love of his life. They married October 31, 1959 at Saint John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on October 31, 2009 with a special mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford followed by a dinner and music with family friends gathering to share their day. They were blessed with 10 children: Mary Jo, Richard, Gerald, Russell, Lisa, Charles, John, Terry, Karen and Ronald.
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Frank lived his entire life at the Family Farm, in which he helped operate until he was 82 year old and ill health required him to retire. Often friends would ask Frank when he was going to retire and he replied “I do every night when I go to bed.” After High School his youngest son Ronnie chose to take over the family farm. He passed on his passion for farming to his sons Dick, John, and Terry as well. They all work together. Karen farmed with Ron and Frank until she married. The grandchildren are also involved with the farm by doing chores. He entered the U.S. Army in Feb 1953. He was stationed at Fort Schilling, IL, Camp Carson, CO., And Fort Knox, KY. Frank was discharged in Feb. 1955 as Sergeant. In 2005 these Army buddies and their wives got together in Medford for their 50th Reunion. Individuals were LeRoy Brost, Kenny Emmerich, Bernie Schabel, Wayne Widner, Russ Dobersten, Norman Danen and Kenny Laggeman.
Frank also was a Log Truck, Milk Truck and Fuel Truck Driver. He also delivered mail for a short period of time.
In his younger years, he liked to Polka and always enjoyed listening to Polka Music. Frank enjoyed gardening, orchard and picking berries. He was an avid reader, especially the farm papers and magazines. Most of all Frank enjoyed family get togethers with his children and grandchildren. Frank had a special place in his heart for his daughter-in-laws: Deb, Jean and Casey. He also spent a lot of time with his son-in-law Jon. Frank also enjoyed going for rides and viewing the scenery, especially the farm scenery.
MEMBER OF: Life member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, where he also served on the Holy Rosary Cemetery Board. Frank served as Supervisor for the Town of Medford, Board Member for the Medford Coop, was an AMPI Delegate and the ASCS. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. Frank was also named honorary member of the FFA.
SURVIVING SPOUSE: Ruth Brost of almost 52 years, of Medford
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Lisa Olson (Friend Joe Zink) of Medford, John (Jean) Brost of Medford, Terry (Casey) Brost of Unity, Karen (Jon) Felzkowski of Athens and Ronnie Brost of Medford.
Extended family: Terry Graffunder, David “Chicken” Olson, Debbie and Autumn Sherman
CHILDREN DECEASED: Mary Jo Graffunder in 1996, Richard “Dick” in 1998, Russell in 1979 and infant sons: Gerald in 1962 and Charles 1964.
Grandchildren: Tony, Travis, Eric (Krissy), Ashley, Cody, Justin, Mat, Chris. Tyler, Zachery, Kari, Austin, Levi, Luke, Layne, Nathan, Katelyn and Trevor.
Great-Grandchild Jordan and great-Granddaughter due in October
SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Mary Ann Gawin of Menomonee Falls, Betty Dohm, Dolores Shaw, Norbert (Rosalie) Brost and Leon (Yvonne) Brost all of Medford
In-Laws: Beulah Brost, Yvonne Devine, Pat Lippert, Mary (Paul) Buffington, Jean (Jim) Bruhn and Bob (Sue) Devine
Further survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and friends.
DECEASED BROTHERS/SISTERS: Edward Brost, Agnes (Don) Stephan and Rosemary Brost in infancy.
Brother-In-Laws: John Gawin, James Shaw, Robert Dohm, Robert Lippert, Bill (Kate) and Ray Devine
DECEASED FATHER: Anton J. Brost Jr.
DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Stauner
Preceded in death by his In-Laws: George and Barbara Devine
PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Christopher Motte, Nathan, Zachary and Tyler Brost, Justin and Mathew Olson and Eric Bunkleman
OTHER INFORMATION: Memorials will be designated at a later date.
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