Farming Rural 13

Kermit John Frahm

December 14, 1945 ~ August 2, 2022 (age 76)

Obituary

Kermit J. Frahm, 76, of Appleton, died quietly at home, just as he had lived. 

Kermit was born Dec. 14, 1945 to Edward and Dorothy (Kreutzberg) Frahm and graduated from Xavier High School, with the Class of 1965.  He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Galveston stationed out of San Diego, CA. During the Gulf War in 1967, the Galveston was part of the fleet at the ready in the Mediterranean Sea. He worked his entire career on second shift at Miller Electric, retiring in 2001. 

Kermit was always up for a road trip, whether to the Larsen cheese factory, the Driftless Region of Wisconsin to check out New Orleans Saints’ training camp or the car show in Iola.  In retirement, he worked for Gustman Honda, delivering parts around NE Wisconsin and beyond.  Having spent his formative years on the Frahm Family Farm on the southeast corner of the Town of Greenville, he joyed in checking out farm equipment old and new with road trips to Farm Progress Days, farm toy shows, and thresherees in Plainfield, Chilton and Symco. When he wasn’t on the road, you could find him watching the Brewers, the Saints, the Packers and NASCAR, reading the Journal, the Cap Times and the Post-Crescent at the library or hunting for new additions to his collection of John Wayne and Errol Flynn movies.  In his younger years, you could find him cruising down the Wolf River south of New London on his pontoon boat. His helpings hands were available for trips to and from college and moves between homes. When his father died in 2005, Kermit cared for his Mother’s lawn with the meticulous care he did so many things.  

When he was younger, he was “Butch,” but then “Kermit the Frog” made his given name stylish. He is survived by his siblings, Sister Michaeleen Frahm, CSA, Berlin, Myra (Jerry) Pritzl, LeRoy (Rose) Frahm, Cindy Clark, and Carol Frahm, all of Appleton and nine nieces and nephews, and their families:  Brian (Mary Beth) Pritzl, Mark (Lori) Pritzl, Amy Pritzl, Aaron (Michelle Guenette) Pritzl, Matthew (Kay) Clark, Timothy (Carole) Clark, Andrea (Ryan Binversie) Clark and Ellery (Penny) Frahm and Erika Frahm. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Gene Clark.

A Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 17th at 4 p.m. at St. Pius Parish, Appleton, with Fr. Patrick Costello, presiding. Friends may call at the church, starting at 2:30 pm.  A livestream will be available via stpiusappleton.org or on You Tube at the St. Pius Appleton channel.  Kermit would have worn his favorite plaid shirt and khakis to your funeral, so please feel free to wear your favorite plaid attire on the 17th.

Special thanks go to his neighbors and the staff at Mary’s Family Restaurant for their support and care during the 25 years he lived on Appleton’s northside. 

His family is grateful for the compassionate assistance of the emergency responders, especially Officers Taylor Justice, Casey Spencer and Anthony Shuman of the Appleton Police Department and Jon Miller of Outagamie County. 

Military honors will be graveside at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Appleton.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans Emergency Fund of the Fox Valley Veterans Council, Appleton; Friends of the Appleton Public Library for the new library; and the Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association, Milwaukee.

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
August 17, 2022

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
500 W Marquette St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Memorial Mass
Wednesday
August 17, 2022

4:00 PM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
500 W Marquette St.
Appleton, WI 54911

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