Frank J. Tilmann

BIG RAPIDS – Frank J. Tilmann, 63, of Big Rapids, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, in Grand Rapids.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1953, in Reed City, the son of Carl A. and Doris A. (Schafer) Tilmann, and graduated from Reed City High School in 1971. Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1975, and then graduated with a master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University.

Frank was an outdoorsman who loved to spend time at his cabin. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and an enthusiastic U-M football fan. Most of all, Frank loved his family. He attended the First United Methodist Church of Big Rapids.

Frank worked at various jobs, mainly in the building and construction trades. For several years he taught for the Kent County Intermediate School District, and more recently, he retired from teaching at the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District in 2013. Frank formerly served as the secretary and treasurer for the Michigan Construction Teacher’s Association, and also was vice president and treasurer for the local Michigan Education Association ISD. Frank was a professional carpenter, and always had a project in the works.

In 2008, Frank married Julie Martin, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Saul, of Chicago, Sally (Eric) Fennessy, of Belvidere, Ill., and Scott (Eliese), of Sand Lake; two stepdaughters, Kari Martin, of Bozeman, Mont., and Marilynn (Tony) Collette, of Ypsilanti; five grandchildren, Abbigale, Allivia, Rebecca, Ethan and Izzy; two brothers, Robert (Bobbi), of Jackson, Miss., and Michael (Carol), of Hamilton, Ga.; two sisters, Alice (David) Jacobs, of Hersey, and Martha (Tania Beliz), of El Granada, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Father Delvin Tilmann; and an infant brother and sister.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Big Rapids, with the Rev. Rebecca Morrison officiating. Frank’s family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, and after 10 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the church, or to the Renucci Hospitality House at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, with envelopes available at the funeral home.