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In Memory of Frank Reams


Thursday, November 8th from 4:00-8:00PM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson and one hour prior to the service at church Friday morning

Funeral Services

11:00AM Friday, November 9th at Bethel Lutheran Church, DOWNTOWN, in Hudson

Frank Earl Reams was born July 16, 1937 in Delaware, Ohio, the son of Frank and Matilda (Tillie) Katherine (Asman) Reams. He grew up in Marysville, Ohio and was very active in Boy Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle. It was in Broadway, Ohio at a roller rink that Frank met his future wife, Virginia Carol Hall. They were married at First English Lutheran Church in Marysville, Ohio on December 24, 1956. He worked for United Telephone while in Ohio and later moved to California where he worked for Continental Telephone (later Contel).He retired from Contel in 1991. He continued on in the communications field as a consultant until 2011. Frank enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golf, and he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was well known for his carpentry skills and quite often sought out by his kids and those who knew him for his expertise. A couple of Franks achievements are the back bar that he built at the Hammond Golf Course, and the Gazebo at the Carmelite in Hudson.

While living in Hudson, Frank was an active member of the Lions Club. He was instrumental in organizing the first few pancake breakfasts at the old Hudson Country Club. Frank, along with his son Rick were awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award at the same time. Frank was very active in all the churches he attended throughout his life. He loved his church and the Lord. When he moved to Tampa, he found a church in Brandon and with his talent of woodworking he completely remodeled the Pastors office with a 10 or 12 foot desk made of oak. Then moving to Zephyrhills, he found Atonement Lutheran Church and was able to show his talents again. He put the window between the nursery and sanctuary. He made many improvements in the church and the one that he was working on when he took ill was totally new landscaping all around the church, acting as general contractor for new construction on the church. This he did not get to see finished.

Frank never knew how to retire. He got very heavy into the political end, helping a friend and neighbor with a water company that was overcharging for their water, not even fit to drink. He took 2 bus loads of people to Tallahassee to protest and the end result was that the water company finally moved out of the state of Florida. He didn’t stop there. There were people in North Carolina that heard of him and asked him to come and do the same for them. He had plans to go to NC next week and meet with many political people to help guide them. Again he was not able to see the outcome. He was very passionate about this endeavor which lasted 3 years. Frank organized a monthly breakfast for his community (Crystal Lake Retirement Community) the first Saturday of every month. He was chief cook and bottle washer for this event. Frank will be sorely missed by his many friends and family. These were very important to him. In the ironic circle of life, within a short time of Franks passing, another great grandchild was brought into this world. Melanie Francine Reams, who was named after Grandpa Frank, now has a guardian angel looking after her.

Frank is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol, children Jim (Marlyn) of Poway, CA. Tim of Hudson WI, Kim (Jack) Jelinek, of Hudson WI, Rick (Anne) of Hudson, Steve (Julie) of Hudson. Grandchildren, Michelle Reams, Matilda Reams, Zach, Katherine & Sarah Reams, all of Hudson, WI. Jeremiah Kidd, Sheridan WY. Adam Jelinek New Brighton MN Karin (Cory) Jelinek, Coon Rapids, MN Anthony (Rebecca) Reams, Aaron, Joe, Cody and Broderick Reams of Hudson, WI, Great Grandchildren, Maranda & Gabby Jelinek, Isabella Nelson, Jaeda Collette, Konan, Kane & Harlee Reams, and Melanie Francine Reams. His Cousins Rebecca (Don) Hilbert of Plain City Ohio, Marge (Charlie) Swink of Henderson, Nevada and their families. He was preceded by his parents Frank and Tillie Reams and his daughter in law Susan Reams.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Friday November 9, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church, DOWNTOWN, in Hudson. Interment will be private. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 8th from 4:00-8:00PM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, and one hour prior to services at church on Friday morning. Memorials are preferred. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. 715-386-3725

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