Frank Rudolph Plesetz, age 66, of W3144 Elm Lane, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., passed away unexpectedly at St. Nicholas Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, March 6, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer.

Frank was born in Sheboygan, Wis., on Oct. 6, 1944, to Frank and Elvira (Jurss) Plesetz. He attended S.S. Cyril & Methodius Grade School, and graduated from Sheboygan South High School, Class of 1962.

In September of 1962, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and was honorably discharged with the rank of airman first class in 1966.

Following his military service, he began his 35-year career as a truck driver for Schultz Sav-O/Fresh Brand Foods.

On May 16, 1970, he and the former Kathleen Bauer were united in marriage. Together they raised their three children and welcomed six grandchildren.

Frank was the type of guy everyone liked and got along with. He had a very easygoing manner and always greeted you with a smile. His unique sense of humor and interesting way of telling a story kept everyone constantly entertained. His subtle wit brought laughter to anyone listening.

He had a great love of the outdoors; fishing, hunting and camping were his passions. His family’s fondest memories are of their camping vacations up north, with Carrol Lake being referred to as their “home away from home.” His children and grandchildren will carry on those traditions and continue to build new memories because of all the things he taught them.

Through the years, Frank enjoyed making his own wine and sausage. Upon retirement, he developed an enthusiasm for cooking; he was always trying new recipes and techniques. In recent years, he could always be found with a crossword or sudoku puzzle in his hand.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, Kathy, he is survived by their children: Judi Plesetz of Green Bay, Mary (John) Mueller of Plymouth and Scott (Rhonda) Plesetz of Sheboygan Falls; his six grandchildren: Tylor, Ethan and Nevan Genske, Merrick Plesetz, Gretta and Jack Mueller. He is further survived by his sister, Judy (Thomas) Bastean; his mother-in-law, Bernadine (Pat) Bauer; sisters-in-law, Jean Marquardt and Marguerite (Jacob) Blazkovec; brothers-in-law, Ronald (Nancy) Bauer and Robert (Mary) Bauer; and many other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a multitude of dear friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Clarence Binversie; infant brother, Jackie; father-in-law, Christ Bauer; and many aunts and uncles.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Kohler, Wis. Father Robert Lotz and Father Thomas Lijewski will concelebrate. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum in the town of Sheboygan.

Friends may call at the church in Kohler from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 will conduct military rites at the Garden of Peace Mausoleum following the services at church Friday.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Frank’s name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is servicing the family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Bettag, Cory, and their entire staff, along with the ER and ICU of St. Nicholas Hospital for their care and compassion of Frank and the entire family.

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