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Platte City veteran dies in 5K race for fallen soldier

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What was supposed to be a celebration of one soldier's life turned into tragedy for another military man.

Lt. Col. Frank Ise, 76, took part in last week's Spencer Duncan Make It Count 5K Memorial Run in Olathe.  The special run was held to honor a veteran who was killed in the line of duty.

But during the run, Ise collapsed because of heart troubles, hitting his head on his way down.

His family says the blow to his head is what he could not recover from.

Ise, 76, lived an honorable life. The orthopedic surgeon, at age 53, decided to enlist, serving three years in Operation Desert Storm and continuing his duty in the reserves.

"He always was trying to do the best in whatever he was trying to do," said Barbara Ise who lost her husband. "I only have so much time, and I have to make the best use of all the time.  So he never sat down.  He was always on the move." 

In 1998, Ise became the Chief Medical Officer at the Kansas City military entrance processing station where he took care of young men and women who also made the decision to enlist.

"He probably couldn't have written the final chapter any better than what he did for him ... for him, I mean he did his thing," she said.

Barbara Ise and her husband built their dream home more than a decade ago, surrounding themselves with the animals they both love so much.

A devoted father of five and grandfather to eight, Ise spent much of his time there on his farm and also volunteering at a local animal shelter, living his belief to always help others.

"Just last week he told me, and I don't think it was because of the race, he said, 'Remember if anything happens ... you have to feed the horses and take care of the animals.'," she said.

Ise will be honored in a memorial ceremony this weekend.

And as he would've wanted, the family suggests donations to the Lawrence Humane Society rather than flowers.

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