Franklin S. Fontaine
HOBART, WI – Franklin S. Fontaine, age 80, former Upper Michigan resident passed away Sunday January 16th, 2022, at Emerald Bay Assisted Living in Hobart, WI, surrounded by his loving family.
Born, April 8th, 1941, in Marquette, MI, a son of Alfred and Dorothy (Spear) Fontaine. Frank was a very proud member of the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany. Germany is where his driving career started along with his love of cars. After he returned from Germany he continued his path of driving. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, he drove logging trucks, he drove many years for MJ Electric, he has also been an over the road truck driver for some time, a car salesman, and in his later years he drove motor coach for Lamers Bus Lines. His favorite trip to make with Lamers was to Estes Park, Colorado. He had a love of mountains. It’s where he found peace.
Frank had the privilege of owning many cars over the years and it was definitely his passion. In any conversation with him it was inevitable that the type of car he was driving at the time would come up in any story. Known by many friends and family as “Frankster the Gangter” Frank’s sense of humor was second to none. His laugh was incredible and through his final weeks, he continued to bring everyone around him laughs and smiles. Humor was how he got through the hard parts in life. He also found incredible joy in helping people when he could. He was proud of the Hobart-Lawrence Police Department K9 program. He wanted to do what he could to give back to his community.
Frank is survived by his wife; Janice (Pfister) Fontaine of Hobart, WI, his daughters; Gwyn Fontaine of Marquette, MI, Kathy (Mike) Swanson of DePere, WI, Rachel Fontaine (Todd Javoroski) of Angelica, WI, his grandchildren; Sarah Fontaine of Gwinn, MI, Christopher (Jayda) Ward of Marquette, MI, Jordan Fontaine of Grand Rapids, MI, Jacob Fontaine of Marquette, MI, Jamie (Nick) Eckert of Green Bay, WI, Tyler VanDenBusch of DePere, WI, Trisha (Sklylar) Liebzeit, Kayla (Charles) Jensen, Hailey Harrison, Paige Harrison, Lydia (Kahler) Ullmer, Daphne Javoroski, 15 great- grandchildren and his sister; Gini Lyke of Marquette, MI.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters; Marie (Dixie) Anderson and Dorothy (Dottie) Thomas.
Our sincerest thank you to Emerald Bay Retirement Home, Heartland Hospice, and Ryan Funeral Home, for all they’ve done for Frank over the last few weeks. A private memorial was held for Frank’s immediate family on Monday, January 17th 2022. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Hobart- Lawrence K9 program.