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Franklin K. Isaacson

March 6, 1934 ~ December 22, 2018 (age 84)
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Franklin Kent Isaacson, age 84, of Appleton, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018, following a hemorrhagic stroke.  Frank was born in Bertrand, Nebraska on March 6, 1934, to the late John Phillip and Bertha Edith (English) Isaacson.  Following high school, Frank attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  He then proudly served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  After his service, he returned to Nebraska where he received his Master’s degree in Architecture at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

On August 26, 1961, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Kapp in Brookfield, WI.  The couple enjoyed 57 years together.  Frank was a lifelong architect, his brilliant designs can be found throughout Wisconsin.  He practiced for several years with DDDKG in Watertown, WI, then moved to Appleton, WI in 1973 to begin his own practice along with Gene Boldt, where they created Shelter Design Group.  In 1988 he and his daughter added Techline Furniture and Cabinetry.

Frank enjoyed skiing, sailing, traveling, woodworking, furniture building – and working.  He was an incredibly devoted husband, and amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather and a brilliant architect.

He will be missed by his wonderful wife and “partner in all things life” Kathleen Isaacson; their son, Tad (Rochelle) Isaacson, and daughter Marti (Jerry Crossman) Isaacson; grandchildren, Zachary (Meghan) Borngraver and Lindsay Borngraver, Max Isaacson and great granddaughter, Cora Sevilla, his sister Marcia (Jerry) Junas and brothers Lee and Larry Isaacson, sisters-in-law Meg (Mike) Kelly and Sandra Moore  in addition to many nieces (Cori Junas Kline who, as a child asked “Uncle Frank… are you God?” to which he teased… “yes my child”) and nephews who all meant so much to him.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Grace (Harold) Price, Marge (Neil) Reynolds, Lois (Skip) Masterson, Doris (Jack) London, and his brother Lyle Isaacson.

A gathering, to celebrate Frank’s life will take place at the Appleton Yacht Club, 1200 S Lutz Drive in Appleton on Sunday January 20th, 2019 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in Franks memory.


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