Frank Thomas Eichman, 79, Cleveland, Ohio, a Stevens Point native, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at The Renaissance in Olmsted Township, Ohio.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Brook Park, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee. Burial will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ripepi Funeral Home in Parma, Ohio.
Mr. Eichman was born Sept. 7, 1921, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Thomas and Helen (Janicke) Eichman.
He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point and worked as a lumberjack.
He was married to Carol Pehowski. She died in 1985.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, reportedly the youngest pilot ever to receive his wings during the war, achieving every flight rating possible. As a pilot, he flew President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference.
After the war, he served as flight instructor in Wisconsin and Minnesota from 1945 to 1981, living in Stevens Point until 1948. He became an air traffic controller in 1952 in Romulus, Mich., and then in Milwaukee from 1955 until 1982. He implemented the training manual that is still used today for air traffic controllers.
He continued to live in Milwaukee until 1990 when he moved to Westlake, Ohio.
He was a member of Moose Lodge 49 in Milwaukee and the American Legion.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda (Michael) Williams, Brook Park, Ohio.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carol, in 1985; one sister, Rose Klestinski; and three brothers, Felix, Harry and Joseph.