Francis (Frank) was born in Anthon to William and Virgie (Thompson) Eickholt on Oct. 8, 1936. He graduated from Anthon High School in May, 1955. He joined the Army a week later. Frank spent 18 months in Korea. He married Marlene Osipowicz on Feb. 15, 1958 at St. Joseph Church in Anthon. As he was still in the Army at the time, they moved to Nokesville, Va. After discharge from the Army in May 1958, he worked construction and at a feed company in Kansas and Iowa. On Feb. 29, 1960, he and Marlene moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he worked for Royal Typewriter Company and started his career repairing and selling office equipment. He worked for Royal Typewriter Company in Cleveland until April 1962 and then transferred with Royal to Omaha, Neb. In the early 70's, Frank, along with partners, bought Acme Typewriter Company. Frank eventually became the sole owner of the company. He sold the business in 1989, but worked for the new owner until June 1991.
Frank and Marlene moved to Royal Palm Beach, Fla. where he repaired and installed telephone equipment for Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 1996, he retired and they moved to Highlands Ranch, Colo. He did not like retirement and continued working at the high school and middle school as a security guard. Frank thoroughly enjoyed working with the teens and they loved having him there. In 2003, Frank and Marlene both retired and moved to Cherokee.
Frank enjoyed working with his tools and fishing. He also enjoyed watching the birds and other wildlife. Frank made walking sticks and gave them away to family and friends. His greatest enjoyment, however, was his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Frank was preceded in death by a son, Edward William; his parents, William and Virgie; a sister, Margaret Eickholt; and Mother and Father-in-Law, Edward and Mary Osipowicz.
Frank is survived by his wife, Marlene, of 51 years. Three daughters: Rebecca (LaVerne) Tradel of Traer, Iowa; Beth (Adam) Itchkawich of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Barbara (Matthew) Gill of Urbandale. One son: Brent (Tina) Eickholt of Seaside, Calif. Eight grandchildren: Ryan Weatherill; Angela Gramlich and husband, Mike; Tasha Thayer and husband, Thomas; Steven Eickholt; Tyler Gill; Brittany Eickholt; Megan Itchkawich; and Seth Tradel. Two great-grandchildren: Courtney Nelson and Nicholas Thayer. Siblings: Alice (Kenneth) Bunnell of Anthon; Bill (Phyllis) Eickholt of Cherokee; and Walter (Esther) Eickholt of Carson.
The family requests that any memorials be given in Frank's name to the American Cancer Society.