Francis “Frank” A. Schiltz, age 83, of Appleton, passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side, into the loving arms of Jesus on February 3, 2018. Francis was born on October 16, 1934 to the late John “Jack” and Arlene (Gillick) Schiltz. Francis attended Kimberly High School and received his GED while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Francis served for a period of 2 years in the United States Naval Reserve. He continued his military service for a period of 4 years in the United States Air Force, while also serving in a Wartime effort in the Korean War Conflict, for a period of 1 year. He received an Honorable Discharge on December 30, 1959, and was awarded the National Defense, and Korean War Service Medals.
Following his military service, Francis met and fell in love with his bride of 54 years, Ruth Ann Van Stippen and had two children, Karie and Rick. Francis worked as a Truck Driver for many years at Consolidated Freightways and for Barry Transfer and Storage. He was proud of the many “Safe Driving Awards” he received. Francis was involved in numerous activities throughout his life. Coaching Little League Baseball, supported Babe Ruth Baseball, Men’s Softball League, pool league, bowling league, stock car racing and golf. Francis had 2 recordings of a “Hole in One” at Reid Municipal and Mid Valley Golf Courses. In 1963, he was the President of the Fox Valley Riders Motorcycle Club that he helped to start. Francis was an active member of the Appleton VFW and the Appleton American Legion Post 38. During his time with the American Legion, he helped to start the nationally awarded “Scarlet Guard Marching Unit” in 1982 and served as Commander for a period of 1 year and was also a member of the Military Honor Guard. Francis had a strong belief in his faith and served in many ministries at Sacred Heart Catholic Church as a former usher, Eucharistic Volunteer designing various settings for Easter and Christmas displays. He was a member of the Men’s Choir and enjoyed singing very much.
Francis had a heart to help others, and if anyone needed his help he would be there. He was always willing to work on small engines for his many friends and relatives and did this as his past time, as he loved to tinker in the garage. He was known as the “Frankensizer” because if anyone needed something built or repaired, he would draw out the plan and create the masterpiece.
Francis is survived by his wife Ruth; his daughter Karie (Mike) King, Appleton; son Richard T. Schiltz of Appleton; grandchildren Michael (Kim) King, and their children Conner, Greyley, and Madelyn; Patrick (Emma) King, and their children Lynzi, Colton, and Claire; Brittney King; Amanda King; and Terri King, and son Austin. 4 siblings: Tom Schiltz, Appleton, Les Schiltz, Shiocton, Mary (Ron) Schneider, Brothertown, and Bernie (Mary) Schiltz, Appleton; and brother-in-law Ed Boehm. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John (Pat) Schiltz; 2 sisters: Betty (Ralph) Clark and Maureen (Ed) Boehm; and 3 sisters-in-law: Mary Ann and Jan Schiltz, and Lee Gillespie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 am on Friday, February 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 222 E. Fremont St., Appleton. Friends may visit on Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel, and directly at the church in the Sacred Heart Room on Friday from 9:30 am until 10:45 am. A Parish Prayer Service will take place at 7 pm Thursday at the funeral chapel. Entombment will take place at Highland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at St. Elizabeth Cancer Center and the nurses from ThedaCare at Home Hospice.
Dad, thank you for always putting your family first. For helping us any way possible and being a rock when we needed one. You have taught us all to be proud of our Country, to respect our Flag and for what it stands for. Our freedoms were given to us through the sacrifices of others. You have ensured you brought us up to work hard and to stand up for what is right. We thank you for your service, for your Patriotism, and for your love. Francis had a deep love for his grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be missed by them very much. All our love.