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Louis Arthur Frohbach Obituary

Frohbach, Louis Arthur ("Louie," "Lou") April 30, 1927 - April 15, 2013 age 85, formerly of Minneapolis, MN, died in Sevierville, TN on April 15, 2013. Louie was a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and son. He was an engineer through and through, an athlete, a swimmer, a sailor; a lover of wind and water. We will remember his devotion to his family, his enthusiasm and good cheer, his competitive spirit and how he loved a challenge to his mind and body, his quirky, surprising sense of humor, and his reverence for God, nature and his country. Louie was born in Minneapolis to Louise and Harry Frohbach. As a youth he first discovered the joy of racing sailboats on the city lakes. He graduated from Washburn High School, spent 13 months in the US Navy during WWII, and then studied electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota. In 1948 he married the love of his life and the girl who had lived next door to him since they were 9 years old: Gerry Clark. They raised three daughters, and were married 58 years until her death in 2007. He graduated from U of MN in 1950 and except for 6 years in MA, working with his father's company, Chart Pak, Lou worked for Honeywell as an engineer until he retired in 1991. He loved his profession, but in every spare moment he had his eyes on the wind and the water. He taught his daughters to swim, sail, waterski and share his love of the water. He was one of the first people to windsurf on the Minneapolis lakes in the early 1970s, and his grandchildren have many fond memories of flying across the water with him, their hands between his on the boom. He loved going as fast as he could, preferably faster than anybody else. He even invented and patented a trapeze to help him lean out further and handle heavier winds. In the 1980's the annual Minnetonka Crossing race created the award "Oldest Finisher" in his honor, which he continued to win for many years. After his retirement, Louie decided to return to competitive swimming. He won numerous races, and still holds the MN Masters Swimming short course meter records in the 200 and 400 freestyle for men in the 65-69 and 70-74 age groups. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Geraldine ("Gerry") Frohbach in 2007 and his treasured daughter, Barbara Frohbach, earlier this year. He is survived by his brother, Hugh Frohbach (Lory) of Sunnyvale, CA; daughters, Linda Frohbach (Robert Painter) of Eugene, OR and Mary Smith (Steven Smith MD) of Sevierville, TN; 6 grandchildren: Lilli Darwin López, Travis Darwin, Jubal Painter Frohbach, of OR, Ben Darwin of WA, Brandon Smith of CA, and Aly Tarwater (Doug) of TN; great-grandson Sereno López of OR; and nieces Elly Dotseth and Kathy Campbell of CA, Terrie Kingery of MA, and their families. He was an inspiration to us all. He will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank their friend Vicki Riley, his caregivers from Right at Home in Mpls. and Senior Home Assistance in Sevierville, TN, and the aquatic staff at Summit Place in Eden Prairie for giving so much of themselves and adding considerable quality and joy to the last 5 years of Louie's life. Funeral service Saturday, April 27th at 2:00 PM with visitation 1/2 hour prior at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 36th & Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls, Interment will follow. Additionally, a Celebration of Life for his daughter Barbara Frohbach will be held the next day on Sunday, April 28th. For details e-mail: [email protected] "For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?" - Kahlil Gibran
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.
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Published online on April 21, 2013 courtesy of Star Tribune.

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