Those who have given of themselves to others will live forever in every single heart they have touched.

Let the memory of Carl be with us forever
  • 94 years old
  • Born on January 30, 1922 .
  • Passed away on October 4, 2016 .

Frantzve, Carl Kenneth (94) peacefully passed away October 4, 2016 in Surprise, AZ. “Ken” was born January 30, 1922 in Falun Sweden to Carl Frantzve (1894-1970) and Olga Frantzve (1897-1988). He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Elaine Wicklund Frantzve; his children: Kent, Kendra, Kimberly and Karla; and his grandchildren: Cassandra, Scott, Heather, Erika and Jasmine. Remembered by all for his gentle spirit, quiet bravado, beautiful temperament, high moral fiber and numerous honors. Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Pacific Theater was awarded the Silver Star & Bronze Star in WWII, served in the Korean War, was knighted by Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden for furthering Swedish and American relations, held the position of Grand Chief of the Independent Order of Vikings from 1977-1979, Vice President of Manufacturing for American Bank Note Co. and attended Tilden Technical High School (class of 1940) where he was part of the National Honor Society, Honor Club, Captain of R.O.T.C, Color guard; Military Police, Bowling Club Awards ’36 and ’40. He enjoyed baseball, bowling, horse racing and his collections of stamps and coins.

In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate donations to:

Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

Military Funeral Honors will be held

10 am October 28th, 2016 at

National Memorial Cemetery of AZ

23029 N. Cave Creek Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85024

Posted by Karla Frantzve on 30th January 2017
Loving thoughts go out to honor my wonderful Dad today in what would have been his 95th birthday. I miss his traditional singing a Swedish birthday song to each of us when our birthdays rolled around. Kim and I were fortunate enough to go to Sweden with my parents and we were able see where it all began, the house he was born in. So many great memories of him overwhelm me with emotion. I've wanted to write something here for the last 3 months but it's been difficult to reach deep inside my heart and share without breaking down and fearing I might have a hard time snapping back. He taught us by example of how to treat people with respect and compassion. He was always a gentleman and a gentle man. We were blessed to live in such a loving home environment. I know my parents were a match made in heaven and even my friends would tell me how lucky I was because their homes had so much fighting going on. People like my Dad are far and few between. He taught me how to ride a bike, shoot hoops, go fishing at our cabin and my most favorite thing was throwing a football with him when the weather was nice. I sure could throw a mean spiral! I even remember a trip or two to the racetrack, just us, when I was quite young. He was full of integrity and if he promised something he would follow through and do it. I never remember him lying or getting mad at me unless I deserved it. I once was stuck in an airport overnight when I was about 21 and I called my parents from there to get sympathy but my Dad said, "Karla, need to be like a willow and bend." He didn't need a lot of attention and was rather quiet but he was an excellent public speaker. My Dad will be forever missed and forever loved and forever a part of me. ❤️ Karla
Posted by Steve Hultgren on 30th January 2017
Happy birthday Ken, miss you we are celebrating with you still
Posted by Cathy Brainard-Muys on 22nd November 2016
My fondest memories of Uncle Ken was that he always had a smile on his face. He touched my heart as well as others with his sweet kindness and caring. I can remember when I was little and spent the night at the Frantzve's house and the next morning Uncle Ken made Karla and I Hot Cocoa (from scratch). I don't know how he made it but it was the best hot cocoa I had ever had. And the most precious thing he did was to sing "Happy Birthday" in Swedish either in person at Birthday parties or over the phone. You are forever in my heart and memories. You can be sure my Mom will be waiting for you with open arms in Heaven. Special prayers of healing and a lifetime of memories for Aunt Elaine, Kent, Kendra, Kim and Karla. Forever missed but never forgotten.
Posted by Lavaan Viger on 11th November 2016
I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your beautiful family. May God give Ken eternal rest and your family the strength to bear the great pain.
Posted by Rodney Ottum on 5th November 2016
I believe Ken installed me as Chief of Sigurd Lodge 30, in Kenosha in 1978 and here 38 years later I'm still the Chief. He must have did a good job. I do remember him as being a very kind and humble man. God bless you Ken and now your in Vallhala with the rest of the Vikings.
Posted by Ron Coslett on 28th October 2016
What a wonderful man! Silver and Bronze Stars Recipient tells a story in itself! A WWII and Korean Veteran, he is truly a Hero of this great Nation. Kendra and Tom, our condolences for your loss. May he rest in peace. God bless you and your families!
Posted by Kim Wise on 25th October 2016
Mr. Frantzve was in my life for a very short time. I spent time him while I was in high school visiting my best friend, Kim. He always had a smile on his face and always took the time to chat. I remember one day playing the slot machine in their basement. He kept feeding me quarters until I won. He winked at me and said, "You are one lucky girl. You'll go far." I did feel lucky that day... mostly because I was welcomed in the Frantzve home. I think it is a wonderful tribute to the man, that although I didn't know him well, his kindness, both in action and word, has remained with me for almost half a century! My warm thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Kim (Verner) Wise
Posted by Mary Botha on 25th October 2016
I felt honored and blessed to assist with the care of Ken late in his life - such a gentleman and he exuded a sense of calm and peace. I admired his strong devotion to his loving and caring wife of so many years. Many happy memories of playing their favorite music in the evenings and Ken keeping up the rhythm and beat. Also his enjoyment of YouTube song recordings and visuals of legendaries on my ipad such as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and their entertaining banter! May the beat go on!
Posted by Judy Schomer on 24th October 2016
My favorite memories of Uncle Ken revolve around lodge get togethers. At the club learning to square dance or play bunko and Gurnee picnic. My dad (Ray Anderson) would pick up prizes and Uncle Ken would help direct the races. The 3 legged race, jumping in the burlap sack or just running. We loved running the races with Kimmy and Karla. Another vivid memory was my dad and Uncle Ken bowling together. Such good friends. As I close my eyes and picture him I will always remember a very good kind gentle sweet man with a smile on his face. My thoughts and love are with Aunt Elaine, Kent, Kendra, Kim, Karla and all his grandchildren. He was an amazing man and I will always love him.
Posted by Tom Zmugg on 24th October 2016
Ken was the focus of tremendous love from his wonderful family. This speaks volumes as his Legacy which lives on. Ken was a gentleman even through his later years. It has been a joy to know this family.
Posted by John Monteen on 24th October 2016
Uncle Ken was a happy fixture in my life since I was a child. He was always very kind to me. Part of his charm was his calmness in all situations. I always admired him and looked upon him as a role model for being a man and being a father. Prayers and best wishes for Aunt Elaine, Kent, Kendra, Kim, and Karla.
Posted by Steve Hultgren on 21st October 2016
I only knew Ken in the last season of his life and over the year and a half we did spend together... it was special, what a great Man. I miss his kindness, laughter, singing with him, the way he would gently squeeze your hand to express his affection. "I've been eating Olga's oatmeal almost every morning thinking of you Ken! ❤️️Love and miss you my friend.
Posted by Kent Frantzve on 20th October 2016
Our dad was our own Swedish Royal Knight. He provided for us, protected us and supported us throughout or lives. He will be greatly missed, however his life was very rich and rewarding, not only to himself, but to all those who knew him. His memory will be with us forever...a flame that will continue to burn, lighting the way as we continue our journey down life's path.

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