Frank, 79, of Apache Junction, AZ, passed away in the comfort of his home with his family by his side on January 10, 2021. Following a courageous, 4-year battle with lung cancer, he entered peacefully into eternal rest.
After attending high school in Duluth, MN, Frank was honored to serve his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyers USS Blandy and USS Abbot as the ship’s barber.
He worked in the mobile home industry for many years as a salesman, doing setup and delivery, repair and remodeling. After moving to Arizona in 1983, he continued his career, eventually becoming a licensed contractor, operating his own business, Frank’s Mobile Home Repair. In 1998, he purchased and operated the Palm Springs Motel in Apache Junction with his wife, Linda. Before retiring, he was employed by the Arizona Department of Corrections in Florence as a physical plant supervisor. The opportunity arose to transfer to Central Arizona College and work as a plumbing instructor. He finished his career teaching prison inmates until his final retirement in 2007.
Frank was proud of his Native American heritage, being a member of the Fond Du Lac of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe.
He annually attended the Veterans Pow Wow in Cloquet, Minnesota.
Frank was a dedicated member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Arizona for over 30 years. He felt obligated and proud to serve his fellow veterans anyway he could. He held positions of Post, District and State Commander and attained the Triple Crown Award. He also served on the National Council of Administration. He contributed numerous hours in the community, especially at the Homeless Haircut Marathons held four times a year in Phoenix for over 20 years. Frank loved playing Santa at multiple events for children at homeless shelters and local events.
He loved to travel and go camping, but mostly, he was an avid fisherman. Frank will be profoundly missed by all his loving family and friends, especially for his unending sense of humor and limitless supply of jokes.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, the love of his life; sons, Robert, Jeff (Robin) and Kyle; stepchildren: Carl, Lori, Donna (Larry), Becky (Josh), Kelly (Mike); 12 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Due to Covid, memorial services for Frank will be held at a later date.
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