Francis “Frank” Joseph Kriegshauser, a resident of Columbia, Missouri, formerly of Chillicothe, Missouri, died on his 90th birthday on Friday, October 4, 2013, at Lenoir Health Center, Columbia, Missouri.
Frank was born the son of John Louis and Catherine Eusale (Miller) Kriegshauser on October 4, 1923, in Edina, Missouri. He was a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, Edina, Missouri. Frank was inducted into the Army Air Corp on February 9, 1943. His job was an R.O.M. gunner. He operated and maintained ground and air radio equipment used in the AAF. He fired aerial guns as a left waist gunner on B-17’s in combat flights. On June 2, 1944, Frank was on a mission when his plane went down in Hungary behind enemy lines. He was a Prisoner of War for 11 months at several POW camps in Germany. His camp was liberated by Patton’s Army. He received several medals including a Bronze Medal and an ETO Ribbon with five Battle Stars. He was Honorably Discharged from the Army Air Corp on October 15, 1945.
Frank was united in marriage to Margaret “Eileen” O’Rourke on February 17, 1947, in Edina, Missouri. She preceded him in death on September 15, 1977. He worked as a Repeater Technician for South Western Bell Telephone Company for over 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as former Grand Knight, a Chillicothe Roy L. Burkett VFW Post 858 Charter Member, and the Chillicothe American Legion Post #25. He was also a member of the St. Columban’s Catholic Church of Chillicothe, Missouri, since 1962, and attended the St. Thomas Moore Newman Parish of Columbia, Missouri, since 2008. Frank enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, raising a vegetable garden, playing cards, and dancing. He taught all of his grandchildren to fish.
Survivors include four daughters, Sandi Mackley of Columbia, Missouri, Patty Mork of Warrenville, Illinois, Jan Wolf and husband Brad of Nashville, Tennessee, and Debbie Choda of Waukee, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Todd Mackley and wife Amy, Nathan Mackley, Matt Mackley and fiancé Sara, Bill Sammon and wife Jen, Jennifer Wagner and husband Lee, Drew Wolf and wife Becky, Dani Wolf, and Jon Choda; eight great grandchildren, Samantha and Madeline Mackley, Reilly, Danny, and Maggie Sammon, Dylan and Zoey Wagner, and Ellie Wolf; one sister, Norman Jean Arment of Quincy, Illinois; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Eileen; two brothers, Dick Kriegshauser and Bill Kriegshauser; and one sister, Mary Beth Olps.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Columban’s Catholic Church, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. A Parish Rosary will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. with a family visitation to follow until 9:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 12 noon until 9:00 p.m. Burial will be held at St. Columban’s Catholic Cemetery, Chillicothe, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Columban’s Catholic Church and/or the Hospice Compassus of Columbia and/or the Wounded Warriors Project and/or the Conception Abbey and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.