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Franklin R. Kristl            3-30-2010

Information from Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana.

Franklin R Kristl     Franklin R. Kristl, 92, of Warsaw, passed away on March 30th in Bloomington, IN.  Frank was born on August 29, 1917 in South Bend, IN, the beloved only child of Francis (Frank) J. and Maude Mae (Enyert) Kristl.  Graduating from Mishawaka High School in 1936, he lettered in both basketball and track and field.  In 1936 his basketball team won the sectional championship and in track he was the state champion in both low hurdles and the broad jump (now called long jump).  He set a Mishawaka High School track and field record in broad jump in 1935, which stood for 29 years.
     Frank won a track scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1940 with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as an engineer in the Navy Department designing submarines.  While in Washington, he met Alyce Wear and they were married on December 27, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska.  The following month he reported to Officers Candidate School with the US Navy and served throughout World War II as the engineering officer on two submarines, first the USS Flasher and later the USS Angler. In 1944-45, he received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for "heroic and meritorious service in action."
At the end of World War II, Frank returned to Indiana, where he worked for many years as the Plant Engineer for Uniroyal, beginning in Washington, Indiana, then for 23 years at Ball Band in Mishawaka, and finally in Warsaw, Indiana.  Following his retirement from Uniroyal, he formed and operated Fabricating and Maintenance Service, Inc., served as the Warsaw City Engineer, and then became Executive Officer and Plant Manager of TV Time, Inc, in Bremen, retiring in 1992.  While at TV Time he was revered for instituting an after-hours reading and math program whereby many employees earned their GED.
     On November 11, 1995, Frank married Helen McGlashan in Bloomington, IN and they enjoyed more than 14 wonderful years together.  They spent summers on the lake in Warsaw and winters at their home in Sun City Center, FL, enjoying the weather, dancing, and playing golf.
     In addition to his wife, Helen, Frank is survived by his three children, Timothy Kristl, of Kansas City, MO, Colleen (Gerard) Pauwels, of Bloomington, IN, and Dr. Kevin (Kimberly) Kristl, of Mishawaka, IN. He had eleven grandchildren William (Wendy) Kristl, and Timothy (Rosemarie) Kristl II, of Kansas City, MO; Michael Kristl of Las Vegas, NV; Erin Pauwels and Matthew Pauwels of Bloomington, IN; Hannah Kristl and Adam Kristl of Mishawaka; Peter Kristl of Buchanan, MI; Brooke (Adam) Whitaker of Granger, Shauna Curtis of South Bend; and Heather (Mitchell) Dudeck of Fishers, IN. He had four great-grandchildren, Logan Cremer Kristl, and twins Madelynn Mary Kristl and Isabelle Carol Kristl of Kansas City, MO; and Madason Whitaker of Granger. He also had three step children, Linda Ellison, and Victoria (Rene) Tyson of Warsaw, and David McGlashan of Aiken, SC., five step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild.
     Frank was preceded in death by his first wife of nearly 48 years, Alyce, and his daughter-in-law, Carol Kristl.
     Frank was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warsaw, the Knights of Columbus, the Warsaw Rotary Club, and the Hoosier Squadron of the US Submarine Veterans of World War II. In 1967, he was certified as a professional engineer by the State of Indiana.  In 1991 he was inducted into the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame and into the Mishawaka High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
     Visitation will be on Monday, April 5th from 5 to 8pm, with a rosary at 7:30 at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 Sheridan St. in Warsaw.  Services will be held on Tuesday, April 6th at 11 am at Sacred Heart Church, 125 N. Harrison St., Warsaw, followed by burial at the Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by Warsaw's American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #1126.
     The family requests that donations be made in Frank's name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
     The staff of Titus Funeral Home considers it a privilege to care for the family of Franklin R. Kristl.   (9-8-10)

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