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Frank L. Erl

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Frank L. Erl Veteran

Birth
Medford, Taylor County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
8 Dec 2008 (aged 90)
Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Burial
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Frank L. Erl, age 90, a resident of Wheaton and a former longtime resident of Medford, Wis., died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at home. He was born Jan. 20, 1918, in Medford, Wis.
Frank graduated from the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering in Madison, Wis. He served in World War II as a captain of the 82nd Airborne Engineering Division 307. He was decorated with two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for bravery. The campaigns that he fought in included Africa, Sicily, Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland and the Battle of the Bulge. He co-piloted a glider on D-Day that entered France and captured a German unit.
After the war he moved to Chicago and married his college sweetheart, Dorothy Gelhaus, in 1947. He was a civil engineer and then became the sales manager for ACCO Industries, a manufacturer of conveyor systems, in Chicago. He developed the first conveyor system for O'Hare International Airport.
He was a lifelong Catholic and active in the following parishes: he was the president of Holy Name Society for St. Gertrude's in Franklin Park, he was also the treasurer of St. Rene's in Sterling Heights, Mich., and a faithful attendee at St. Michael's in Wheaton. He has been sharing his inspiring story as a World War II veteran to middle and high school students for the past 15 years.
He is survived by seven children, Barbara (Dr. James) Ruppel, Kathryn (Harry King) McCarthy, John (Diane) Erl, Steven (Rose) Erl, Angela (Alan Bergeson) Mejia, Rita (Terrence) McGovern and Peter (Lisa) Erl; 15 grandchildren, David, Julianne and John Ruppel, Ryan and Dan McCarthy, Elizabeth and TJ Erl, Peter Erl, Sara (Vance) Eaton, Max, Jack and Thomas McGovern, and Kevin, Jennifer and Jeffrey Erl; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Eaton; two sisters, Ann Steger and Helen Holmgren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy; his brother, Walter; and his sister, Lucille Ruby.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton. A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Wheaton.
Memorial gifts may be directed to CNS Hospice, 690 E. North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
Family and friends may sign a guest book at www.hultgrenfh.com. For more information, call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.

Published in The Register-Mail on 12/10/2008

Son of Otto and Mary Fuchs Erl
Frank L. Erl, age 90, a resident of Wheaton and a former longtime resident of Medford, Wis., died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at home. He was born Jan. 20, 1918, in Medford, Wis.
Frank graduated from the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering in Madison, Wis. He served in World War II as a captain of the 82nd Airborne Engineering Division 307. He was decorated with two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for bravery. The campaigns that he fought in included Africa, Sicily, Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland and the Battle of the Bulge. He co-piloted a glider on D-Day that entered France and captured a German unit.
After the war he moved to Chicago and married his college sweetheart, Dorothy Gelhaus, in 1947. He was a civil engineer and then became the sales manager for ACCO Industries, a manufacturer of conveyor systems, in Chicago. He developed the first conveyor system for O'Hare International Airport.
He was a lifelong Catholic and active in the following parishes: he was the president of Holy Name Society for St. Gertrude's in Franklin Park, he was also the treasurer of St. Rene's in Sterling Heights, Mich., and a faithful attendee at St. Michael's in Wheaton. He has been sharing his inspiring story as a World War II veteran to middle and high school students for the past 15 years.
He is survived by seven children, Barbara (Dr. James) Ruppel, Kathryn (Harry King) McCarthy, John (Diane) Erl, Steven (Rose) Erl, Angela (Alan Bergeson) Mejia, Rita (Terrence) McGovern and Peter (Lisa) Erl; 15 grandchildren, David, Julianne and John Ruppel, Ryan and Dan McCarthy, Elizabeth and TJ Erl, Peter Erl, Sara (Vance) Eaton, Max, Jack and Thomas McGovern, and Kevin, Jennifer and Jeffrey Erl; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Eaton; two sisters, Ann Steger and Helen Holmgren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy; his brother, Walter; and his sister, Lucille Ruby.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton. A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Wheaton.
Memorial gifts may be directed to CNS Hospice, 690 E. North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
Family and friends may sign a guest book at www.hultgrenfh.com. For more information, call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.

Published in The Register-Mail on 12/10/2008

Son of Otto and Mary Fuchs Erl


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