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Frank Waschbisch

Feb 12, 1939 - Feb 27, 2024

Frank Waschbisch, 85, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon, February 27, 2024 of natural causes at home with family present.  He was born February 12, 1939 on the family farm in the Town of Oconto Falls to Peter and Margaret (Gallagher) Waschbisch.  Frank grew up on the family farm where he learned to work hard and to care for animals.  He found great enjoyment in the field work that came with farming 500+ acres.

On June 30, 1962 he married Jeanne Guelig in Lena.  Following their marriage the couple settled in rural Oconto Falls and together had five children.  Frank farmed for many years while developing an interest in wildlife and exotic animals.  What began as a hobby, expanded to include pheasants, white tail deer, elk, donkeys, fox and raccoon and became a business, Oconto River Elk.  Frank will be fondly remembered for the fun he had interacting with kids, fishing with family and friends and telling a “Dad” joke or three. “What did one snowman say to the other snowman?” – “Do you smell carrots?”

He loved taking gator rides all over the country and fishing on his boats, one of which he named “Too Fat Frank”.  He and his best buddy George Yatso had many secret fishing holes, the locations of which will now never be known.  Frank told many stories of his annual Canada fishing trips that he shared with his son Ron, brother-in-law Ken, nephews Bryan and Joe, and great nephews Garrett, Trevor and Brody along with many other family members and friends throughout the years.

Survivors are his four children, Connie (Jeff Zeitler) Waschbisch, Pound; Ron Waschbisch, Oconto Falls; Marilyn (Scott Anderson) Waschbisch, Pulaski; Bob (Lisa) Waschbisch, Coleman; his honorary grandchildren, Scarlett, Hannah and Ella Olson; Charlee and Lucy Haws, Dirk and Millie Zeitler;  two sisters, Mary (Ken) Kohls, Gillett; Norma Adams, Oconto Falls; nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jeanne on February 20, 2021, an infant son Jeffrey John Waschbisch, three brothers, Jim, Kenny and Norbert Waschbisch and one sister, Dorothy Stoll.

Visitation will be held after 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls until the time of service.  A prayer service will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home with Deacon Peter Gard presiding.  Burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to:

Oconto River Kids, checks can be made out to Oconto River Kids and sent to P.O. Box 288 Mountain, WI 54149

Trout Unlimited, checks can be made out to Oconto River Trout Unlimited and sent to P.O. Box 252 Gillett, WI 54124    Memo: Waschbisch Kids Fishing Memorial


Tuesday Mar 5, 2024, after 10:00 AM until time of service at Jones Funeral Service [map]

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Tuesday Mar 5, 2024, 1:00 PM at Jones Funeral Service [map]

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