William Silas “Railroad Bill” Frankhauser, 81, of Coldwater passed away Thursday, July 09, 2020 at ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
In following Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place Friday, August 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater with Pastor David Pierce officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, prior to the service, beginning at 12:00 Noon at Dutcher Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.
William was born March 29, 1939 to William H. and Alice (Hardenburgh) Frankhauser in Jackson, MI. Bill was a hardworking man spending time working as a legal supervisor, insurance claims adjuster, and a substance abuse counselor before becoming a train engineer. He worked with many companies as an engineer from 1987 to 2008 including Kalamazoo Southern, the dinner train in Paw Paw, the shortline in White Pigeon and Kendallville. Bill was very proud of his work as a counselor, helping many people overcome their addictions. On September 9, 1988 he married Diane Hartman in Angola. He was previously married to Allison Tyson and Kathy Hillard.
Bill was a man of faith attending different churches over his 81 years. He enjoyed going to the Gospel Barn and being involved with southern gospel. Bill was a people person. He enjoyed a cup of coffee with family and friends either at his home or with the Dutch Uncle coffee crew. Bill enjoyed all things involving trains, playing the guitar, and listening to the radio. He was a strong republican and a man of action. After retirement he started doing family research reaching out and meeting many members of his extended family. Bill will be remembered for his charismatic and outgoing personality. He will be missed by many.
Bill is survived by his wife of 31 years Diane Frankhauser; his children William Silas (Pamela) Frankhauser II, Richard Senn (Linda) Frankhauser, Christian Steven (Janice) Frankhauser, Kathryn Alice Frankhauser, and Mary Ellinda (Tim Harlow) Frankhauser; his grandchildren William Silas Frankhauser III, John Ruhle Frankhauser, Race Campbell Alexander Frankhauser, and Zephram Mitchell Frankhauser; his great grandson Vincent Frankhauser; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son; his sister & brother-in-law Sandra (David) Cook; his aunt Irma Richardson; and his cousin Casey Pitts.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the ProMedica Cancer Center staff, volunteers, & ICU staff, Meals on Wheels, the Coldwater Habitat for Humanity for the ramp, and both Kalamazoo and Coldwater AA groups.
Memorials may be directed to ProMedica Cancer Center. www.dutcherfh.com