Francis A.”Frank” Trofimchuck, 79, of Potosi passed away peacefully and was granted his angel wings Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at his home.

Private graveside services will be held on Monday at the VanBuren Cemetery, Potosi. Rev. Christopher English will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post #473 and Berg-Averkamp VFW Post #5276. Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, 1245 N. Water St., Platteville. In lieu of flowers, Sylvia will make a memorial in Frank’s name to the EAA Young Eagles. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com

Frank was born on June 19, 1933 in Joliet, Illinois, the son of Francis and Anna (Miksa) Trofimchuck. He went to grade school through high school in Braidwood, Illinois. He served in the Army Air Force during the Korean War. He was the President of Fransyl Equipment Company in Kieler, Wisconsin, and serviced the utility business for 55 years. He enjoyed photography, wood making, fishing, and hunting. Aviation was his passion and he was a long standing member of the AOPA and the EAA. Frank had a great sense of humor. He was a very caring and giving man. He was mechanically talented, a good listener and loved anything chocolate! He always had a twinkle in his eye right before he was going to tell you a story. His final days were spent surrounded by his family and close neighbors and friends.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Sylvia; sons, Daniel, Mark and Matthew Trofimchuck; stepsons, Larry, Alan, and Danny Ray; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his two dogs, Abbie and Sassie and Thomas the cat. He was preceded in death by his parents.