Sunday, January 21, 2007

Obituary: Francis (Frank) James Duesler

STOUGHTON - Francis (Frank) James Duesler passed away on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at Four Winds in Verona. He was born on Feb. 5, 1921, in Ridgeway, the son of James Roscoe and Ruth Almira (Severson) Duesler. He attended St. James Catholic Grade School and graduated from Central High School. When World War II started, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Assigned to the First Division, Frank volunteered to join a new group of elite combat fighters known as Carlson's Raiders. He was very proud of his association with the Corps and continued with membership in the Marine Corps League, and kept in close contact with his Raider friends. Returning to Madison after the war, he opened and operated Creative Woodcrafts, a custom cabinet shop, and later working for JH Findorff and Sons, a construction company, retiring there after 22 years. He lived in New Zealand for awhile after retiring, renewing some wartime friendships. He liked to do crossword puzzles and woodworking projects. He greatly enjoyed a spin on his motorcycle with his wife, Arlene, and poking around in antique shops. Frank (Jim to family) is survived by his wife, Arlene Duesler of Stoughton; a brother, Joseph R. (Charlene) Duesler of Portage; and 17 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Piesens of Fox Lake, Ill.; a brother, Paul W. (Jean) Duesler of Madison; and Lilly Duesler, wife from his first marriage. The family would like to thank Four Winds Manor and the Hospice staff for their wonderful care and kind treatment. There is no service planned. Frank will be cremated and his ashes will be interred with honor at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery, Union Grove. All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477

Originally published in the Wisconsn State Journal on January 21, 2007

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