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Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA

OBITUARY

Frank Henry Teske

April 11, 1933April 29, 2020
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Frank Henry Teske, 87, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, passed away April 29, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center. Frank was born April 11, 1933, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Frank and Bethel (Hammer) Teske. A private family burial will take place at Highland Memory Gardens and a celebration of life will be held at a later date at the Elks Lodge in Pleasant Hill.

Frank called the Des Moines area home his entire life. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant with the Iowa Air National Guard at age 51 and loved telling everyone that he was retired longer than he worked! After retirement he was a substitute instructor at Drake University until he decided that took up too much of his golf time. His passions were fishing, golfing and playing the piano. In 1963 his family bought a cabin in Bemidji, Minnesota, where he enjoyed many years water-skiing, fishing and playing family games of pitch. He also has a home in Alamo, Texas, where he went annually from November to April to play winter golf with friends. In his Texas community he enjoyed playing the piano for Sunday church services and Christmas service.

While in Texas in 2018 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After returning to Iowa, he had a stroke on Christmas Day. He gained enough strength over the summer to walk on his own and even play a little piano. His oncologist was amazed with his progress and encouraged him to head to Texas last December and even try golfing. Unfortunately, the pain took a toll on his body and he began getting weaker while in Texas. He went into the hospital soon after returning to Iowa and passed away after a couple of weeks. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. They will remember his quirky smile, fun-loving/sarcastic personality, kind heart and even his stubbornness.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Velma, and his children: son Steve (Stephanie) Teske of Winterset, Iowa; daughter Teri (Charlie) Riggs of Atlanta, Georgia; daughter Lisa Olk of Ankeny, Iowa; and son Sean Teske of Adel, Iowa. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Matt (Shannon) Teske, Adam Riggs, Holly (Evan) Kaine, Josh Olk, Cassie (Nick) Cooling, and Justin Olk, and nine great-grandchildren. Frank is preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent in Frank’s honor to Wounded Warriors or National Cancer Institute.

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keith Acheson

May 6, 2020

Frank was a good friend. God bless Frank and family.

Joy Belshause

May 5, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Frank was a truly wonderful person. God Bless You All... Love Joy Belshause

Al and Shairon Dickey

May 5, 2020

When we came to Acacia RV park in 2016 to be the minister’s there; Frank and Velma were the first to greet us. They were wonderful leaders in the church. Frank was our piano man and Velma lead our music. The two years we spent there was just like the first day, we always felt loved and appreciated by both Frank and Velma. Heaven has gained a wonderful addition. I know you will miss him as we will, but thank God we will see him again one day!
Love and hugs
Al and Shairon

Connie Benedict

May 4, 2020

We've been next door neighbors to Frank and Velma in Acacia Park in Texas for nine years. Lots of fun memories of afternoons on the deck, enjoying their company. We always had a good laugh, about the rubber tree plant. Rest in peace, Frank. You will surely be missed. Sincere condolences from me and Harold.

Cindy Gildea

May 3, 2020

Lots and lots of great memories! He truly made you so happy Velma lou. ❤
excepting the crazy 3m ladies ! My deepest sympathy to you and your family!
Hugs and prayers ,Velma!

Ann Trine

May 3, 2020

Velma, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. He rests in his true home!

Katherine Schmidt

May 3, 2020

Frank was a very special person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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