Franklyn J. ‘Frank’ Deisch
April 21, 1925 — Dec. 22, 2010
SOUTH BEND — Franklyn J. “Frank” Deisch, 85, passed away at 8:36 a.m. at his residence.
Frank was born on April 21, 1925, in German Township, Bremen, to Frank H. and Fairie A. (Heckaman) Deisch. His wife, Phyllis (Clark), died April 13, 1982. Five brothers, Lester, Lloyd, Roscoe, Dallas and Virgil; a sister, Marjorie Leets; and a great-granddaughter, Kamdin Deisch preceded him in death. Surviving are three children, Jane Ann (Kenneth) Thompson of South Bend, David (Fortune) Deisch of Nappanee and Melinda (Johnny Grantham) Badman of Osceola. Also surviving are six grandchildren; David (Tonya) Thompson of Jimtown, Erica Deich of Nappanee, Casey (Sundown) Deisch of Wakarusa, Katrina (Jeff) Swartz of Chapel Hill, N.C., Dustin (Tonya) Badman of Elkhart and Nicole (John) Phillips of Bristol. Six great-grandchildren also survive: Kayla Thompson of Jimtown, Greyson Deisch of Wakarusa, Isabella of Chapel Hill, N.C., MacKenzie Badman of Wadsworth, Ill., Korey Alexander of McClellanville, S.C., and Autumn Badman of Elkhart.
Frank was founder, president and chairman of the board of Desco Chemical Corp. of Nappanee until it was sold to Brayton Chemical of West Burlington, Iowa, in 1983 and later to Wilbur-Ellis Corp. of San Francisco, Calif. The company, which Frank founded in 1948, began as Deisch Supply Co., a paint and garden supply store in Nappanee. It grew to become a leading supplier of agricultural chemicals in the Midwest with 14 branches operating in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Frank was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Bend; South Bend Lions Club (Lion of the Year in 1986-87); South Bend Elks Lodge 235; Elkhart Moose Lodge 599; Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend; Orak Shrine Temple, Michigan City; and South Bend Shrine Club, South Bend.
He was past president of the Nappanee Lions Club and past vice president of Nappanee Utilities Co. and the Nappanee Public Library. He served as Indiana State license branch manager at Nappanee from 1948-50, was on the Elkhart county election board for years and was active in various political activities and commissioner boards for more than 30 years. He served on the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Library advisory council from 1983 to 1998 and was a member of the Edward Sorin Society, University of Notre Dame.
In later years, he was active in genealogy, writing and publishing two ancestral books. He was a life-long Notre Dame fan and loved Boston Terrier dogs. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 28, in Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Road. Visitation was held in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Road Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and will be one hour prior to services today.
Burial will be at Bremen Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46635; Pet Refuge Inc, 2300 W. Sixth St., Mishawaka, IN 46544; or the South Bend Lions Club, P.O. Box #867, South Bend, IN 45524.
E-mail condolences may be made at www.wels heimer.com.