Franklin G. Bichlmeier, M.D.

Dr. Franklin G. Bichlmeier, 86, of Overland Park, KS passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. 


Franklin was born January 10, 1933 to the late Frank and Elizabeth Bichlmeier in Kansas City, KS.  Dr. Bichlmeier graduated from St. Benedict’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine in 1954 and attended the University of Kansas Medical School where he earned a Doctorate of Medicine in 1958.  While attending medical school he married Caryl Ostermeyer on August 17, 1957.  He continued his professional development at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Kansas City, KS where served his Internship and Residency. In July of 1962, Frank and Caryl moved to Cleveland, OH so Frank could serve his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Bichlmeier returned to the Kansas City area and entered private practice in 1964 until his retirement on March 31, 1997.


He was a member of several professional organizations including Southwestern Surgical Congress, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons and the Pan-American Medical Association.  Dr. Bichlmeier also served as a past-president for the Kansas City Southwest Clinic Society, Wyandotte County, Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.  He also served as an Alternate Delegate from Kansas for the American Medical Association and Chairman for the Department of Surgery for Bethany and St. Margaret Hospitals. 


Dr. Bichlmeier is survived by his loving wife Caryl; two daughters, Cheryl Vestweber and husband Michael; Kathryn David and husband Kurt; a son, Mark Bichlmeier and wife Kimberly; and four grandchildren, Jennifer David; Hayden David; Rachel Huffman and Gavin Bichlmeier.


Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.  Wednesday, January 16, at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, KS where the Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 17th at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 14201 Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS 66223.  He will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in the Prince of Peace Mausoleum in Lenexa, KS. 

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Catholic Charities Northeast Kansas, 9720 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS, 66212;  American Heart Association, 6800 W. 93rd St, Overland Park, KS, 66212; American Cancer Society; 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue; Kansas City, MO, 64105. 

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21 Comments on “Franklin G. Bichlmeier, M.D.”

  1. Tom Coppinger Says:

    sorry for your loss we will keep your family in our daily prayers Virginia and Tom

  2. Jack & Eileen Leming Says:

    Dear Caryl & Family;

    So sorry to hear this news. Frank will be missed by all those whom he touched throughout his life. A good man, loved by many, who will be sorely missed. We will keep him and the family in our prayers…..Jack & Eileen… Cape May Point, NJ

  3. Don and Susa Hallman Says:

    Dear Caryl and family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed our boating experiences with you and Frank.

    Susan and Don

  4. Gary and Nancy Brewster Says:

    Carly and family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. You were great neighbors!! Hugs to you…

    Gary and Nancy

  5. Bob Pepsny and Connie Leigh Says:

    Dear Caryl and fanily

    We are sorry to hear of Franks passing We always enjoyed time on the boats with the two of you.He will be missed.
    God Bless

  6. Pam & Karl Hanson Says:

    Sorry for your loss. It is always a hard road. Frank was an unusually capable person and will be sorely missed.

    Karl & Pam


    So sorry for your loss. We want you to know we are thinking of you. Charlie and Carol Mueller

  8. Pat Coburn Says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Franks passing.
    My condolences to the family at tough time.
    Many good memories with Clay Sr., Carol and myself with Frank in the past. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  9. Lax & Barti Sawkar Says:

    Our condolences to Carly and all family. He was a great friend and helped me a lot when I started practice in Kansas City. He will be greatly missed. We pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace.
    Lax & Barti Sawkar

  10. Karen McCreight Says:

    Kathy and family. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. My father was also a resident at Tallgrass creek long term care until he passed last year. I always enjoyed seeing your dad in his Hawaiian shirts in the dining room. When I found out his name and that he was a doctor, I asked if you were his daughter and explained we were sorority sisters at k-state. I told him how our pledge class came to your house for our pledge sneak and he was so nice to let us rowdy girls sleep in his basement! Prayers to you and your family. Take care and God bless!
    Karen Waller McCreight

  11. Ro Jones Says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you Carly and family. It was a pleasure knowing Frank and he will be missed.

  12. Ziemer Says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Caryl and family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers,
    Joanne & Jeff Ziemer

  13. Peg Welch Walter Says:

    Dear Carly and Family. Prayers abound as you deal with the loss of your loved one. Franklin and I were classmates at St. Anthony’s School and was my brother-in-law’s physician in later years. Great memories of your loved one will live on. Love and prayers as we continue our faith journeys together.

  14. Jeanette Rasmussen and Rita Rubick Says:

    Caryl and family our deepest sympathy. So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. We know he will be missed.

  15. jeanie brown Says:

    We are thinking of you this evening knowing you are sad. We hope that your friends reaching out to you will help you know how much you are loved and liked and this will be of some comfort to you.
    Jeanie & Bart Brown

  16. Agnes Willoughby Says:

    Dr Bichlmeier saved many lives with his surgery skills. He was an amazing heart surgeon and his knowledge was matched by few. Bless you all and may he rest in peace knowing he served so many.

  17. Allan & Brenda Schifman Says:

    Cayrl and family we are so sorry for your loss.
    . The many Christmas parties with Frank making the worlds best bloody mary’s And the great times at your pool and let us not forget the wonderful times on B dock.
    A wonderful man and a great neighbor

  18. Carmen Park Says:

    I worked for Dr Bricklmeier for 17 yrs < He was great to work for. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. God Bless.

  19. Vicki and Bill Murphy Says:

    You have our deepest sympathy Caryl, as you mourn the loss of dear Frank. We have many fond memories of Frank from SVDP in Punta Gorda. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. May God give you peace and love.

  20. Judy Yando Says:

    Dear Caryl and Family, I was saddened to learn about Frank’s passing through SV’s Prayer Request email. It’s been a few years since I last saw you two working at SVdP in Punta Gorda, FL. May your family and friends provide you with the support and comfort you need, along with God’s continuous peace, love and healing. Judy Yando

  21. John J. Gladbach Says:

    Was privileged to know Frank at St Benedict’s as a classmate. We were “hilltoppers” together for 2 years

    Always prized his friendship. John Gladbach Lenexa

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