Frank passed into eternal life after a lengthy illness due to stroke complications on June 1, 2019, at East Valley Hospice in Mesa, Ariz. A memorial service was held on June 8, in commemoration of his life.
Frank was born in Oliver County on Aug. 16, 1931, son of Joseph F, and Monica (Immel) Himmelspach. He received his elementary education in a one room country school a quarter mile from his family’s farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 31, 1951, and was honorably discharged on Oct. 10, 1955. After his military service Frank worked in construction and as a Brakeman for Northern Pacific Railroad before joining Ronald Thiel Industries, building power lines in the Western United States.
Oct. 7, 1957, Frank married Katherine Bobb at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Center. They had four children: Jeffrey (1958), Bryan (1961), Russell (1962) and Vicki (1966). Frank and Kathy raised their children in Mandan until moving with Thiel Industries to Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1988. Frank retired in 2002 and relocated to Mesa to enjoy the warm weather. Frank thoroughly enjoyed being in Ariz., playing golf and meeting friends for happy hour. Frank had many interests especially woodworking but, he was also very mechanically talented. He could fix or figure out how to fix just about anything. In Mesa, Frank and Kathy lived in the Sunland Village East Community. When someone in the community needed something fixed it was always Frank they called upon to either fix or consult if he couldn’t fix it.
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Frank is survived by his wife Kathy of 61 years, four children, Jeff (Tonya) Bedford, Ind.; Bryan, Sarasota, Fla.; Rusty, Bedford, and Vicki Klavins, Sarasota. Six grandchildren; Jordan (Claire) Himmelspach (Jeffrey & Tonya); Leah (Ryan) Weidner; Jason (Emily) Himmelspach; Nick Himmelspach (Bryan); Braxton & Brianna Klavins (Vicki). Five great-grandchildren: Nolan & Rohby Weidner (Bryan); Roslyn, Ramona and Matilda Himmelspach (Jeffrey & Tonya); one brother Jim (Betty), Prinsburg, Minn., two sisters Darlene (Ray) Kautzman, Mandan, and Deloris Nordaby, Mill Creek, Wash.; sisters-in-law Leona Himmelspach, Woodinville, Wash., Vangie Himmelspach, Bismarck, Betty Staigle, Mandan, Diane Wilkens, New Salem, and Marge (Jim) Mosbrucker, Mandan; brothers-in-law Clem (Gloria) Bobb, Colo.; John (Lucy) Bobb, Center; along with many nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Monica Himmelspach, two brothers, Clem and Tom; son-in-law, Ed Klavins, brother-in-law Ted Nordaby; and in-laws, John & Rose Bobb, Kathleen and Ray Mosbrucker, and Terry Wilkens.
Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be given to ND Veterans Cemetery or the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Legacy Funeral Home, Mesa.