‘Frank’s Howdy House’ says good-bye to host
Mass of Christian Burial for Frank Schweitzer, 75, of Glencross will be at 10 a.m., MDT, Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake.
Burial will be at the Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home. There will be visitation on Wednesday at the church starting at 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Frank passed away, Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
Frank was born on April 10, 1937, to Mike and Elizabeth (Senger) Schweitzer in Berlin, N.D. The family moved to Glencross when Frank was a toddler. He grew up on the farm, went to grade school in Glencross, and graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1955.
Frank married Judy Prann on Sept. 15, 1955. They lived for a short time on the farm before moving to Mobridge, where Frank worked in the Mobridge Lumber Yard for Paul Steen. They moved back to the farm in 1963 where he and Judy raised their six children.
He continued to farm, while he pursued his hobbies. He started the Clock Shop, where he built many wood projects. He enjoyed entertaining and visiting with people so much that he built “Frank’s Howdy House.” The Howdy House generated friends from all over the country, increasing the size of his “family.” It also brought a fulltime job for himself and his wife. Frank gradually gave up his farming duties in the last few years, which allowed him to travel, entertain in the Howdy House, fish, make sausage and tend his garden. Not a neighbor could compete in the onion contest without embarrassment. He enjoyed cooking, which led to a few more jobs, making sausage and preparing his famous roast beef for graduations, weddings and many other family gatherings.
Frank loved all children. He in turn was the pride of his grandchildren. He spent many summers with his grandchildren in tow teaching them the basics of farming, driving, fishing, chicken coop cleaning and grain bin sweeping. Not a single grandchild proclaimed to be bored more than once.
We will miss our husband, grandpa, dad, and friend. We saw him getting tired and knew there was no cure. Even though we miss him dearly, we would not wish him back to suffer through the mysterious illness God challenged him with.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; six children, Kathy (Jerry) of East Wenatchee, Wash., Tim (Bitts) of Glencross, Mary (Donnie) of Dupree, Pat (Bonita) of Gillette, Wyo., Mark (Betsy) of East Wenatchee, and Missy (James) of Omaha, Neb.; three brothers, Paul, Ed, and Mike; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wayne.