Frank Puffer, 92, of rural Spillville, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at his home. Mass Of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 7), at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, with Rev. Donald Hawes officiating. Lectors are Carmen Broadbent, Danielle Fitzpatrick and Terese Ragaller. Organist is Doris Thompson. Soloist is Dan Silhacek. Music is by St. Wenceslaus Choir and Jim Busta. Hymns are "Be Not Afraid," "Shepherd Me Oh God," "On Eagles Wings" and "Going Home." Offertory gift bearers are Sara and Kathryn Ragaller. Eucharistic ministers are Betty Ragaller, Steve Ragaller, Kenneth Smith and Carmen Broadbent. Casketbearers are David Kostohryz, Merlin Balik, James Puffer, David Puffer, Rob Broadbent and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Interment is at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Spillville. Arrangements are being handled by Balik Funeral Home in Spillville.
Frank Louis Puffer was born July 30, 1921, to Joseph and Emma (Bouska) Puffer on the family farm north of Conover. Frank attended school at the Conover School and farmed with his parents. Frank married Alice Kostohryz Nov. 20, 1945, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin. Together they farmed the family farm. Frank enjoyed polkas, playing cards and especially his granddaughters. Frank was a life-long member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Farm Bureau. Frank is survived by his wife, Alice Puffer, Ridgeway; one son, Ronald Puffer, Ridgeway; one daughter, Betty (Steve) Ragaller, Minneapolis, Minn.; one son-in-law, Kenneth Smith, Springfield, Mo.; five grand-daughters: Carmen (Rob) Broadbent, Danielle (Ryan) Fitzpatrick, Sara, Terese and Kathryn Ragaller.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Emma (Bouska) Puffer; one daughter, Patricia Smith; one brother, Joseph (Marcella) Puffer; four sisters: Helen (Louis) Balik, Emma (Thomas) Pecinovsky, Mary (George) Phillips and Christina (Vincent) Kellner; two brothers-in-law, Raymond (Evelyn) Kostohryz and Edwin Kostohryz.