Frank J. Messmann III, 82, died November 14 at Falmouth Hospital. Mr. Messmann had moved to Falmouth 21 years ago from Westchester County, New York.

He was the husband of Erika R. (Gawenda) Messmann.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Betty Jane (Wenstrup) and Frank J. Messmann II. He received a doctorate from Fordham University.

Mr. Messmann taught English at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.

He kept informed with current events and over the years wrote letters to the editor that were published in the Enterprise during his time living here, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times. His topics ranged from global warming to immigration, as well as local issues such as the wind turbines.

He enjoyed daily debates with friends at Coffee Obsession and conversed about politics and scientific breakthroughs. He also learned to speak German with his extended family in Switzerland.

Mr. Messmann served as a volunteer at Falmouth Hospital, for Neighborhood Falmouth, and through the VIPS program at Mullen-Hall Elementary School. He also assisted at the Falmouth Road Race, having been an avid runner and two-time finisher of the New York Marathon.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Evan and Claire Messmann of Ohio; his stepchildren, Monica Ruehli of Massachusetts and Thomas Ruehli of Washington; three siblings, Susan Kay of Illinois, Carol Casey of Falmouth and Richard Messmann of California; two grandchildren; and extended family.

He was the father of the late Frank J. Messmann IV and Caroline Messmann.

A private memorial gathering will be at a later date.

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