A. Leon Frank - RIP
A. Leon Frank - RIP
| By nprice (Unregistered Guest) on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 11:23 am: Edit|
Sorry for Warren Cox and his family. You are in my prayers.
Sounds like Mr. Frank was a person one would like to have known. He must have had a lot of interesting stories to tell.
| By Ed German (Admin) on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 10:25 am: Edit|
Originally published in the Harrisonburg, Virginia, Daily News Record on 15 Sep 09, the following was received for posting from Warren Cox on 22 Sep 09:
Can you post my father-in-laws' obituary (attached) to the CIDAA web site? He was aa soldier in WWII (a pilot with the US Army Air Force) and as all of us did, helped to defend the way of life we enjoy today...
A. Leon Frank
(March 28, 1921-Sept. 14, 2009)
A. Leon Frank, 88, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Sept. 14, 2009, at Oak Lea Nursing Home.
Leon was born in Rockingham County, Va., at Mount Clinton. He was one of two sons born to Benjamin and Ivie Andes Frank.
He was a graduate of the 1939 class at Mount Clinton High School and for many years, he and his brother, Lester, operated Frank Brothers Auto Service on Rawley Pike, just outside of Harrisonburg.
In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army, and after flight training at Albany, Ga., served as a pilot in the Army Air Force. As a member of the 492nd Bomber Group, 801st Special Service Unit in Harrington, England, he flew B-24 Liberators as part of the resupply and support missions to the French and Belgium Underground forces behind enemy lines. Later, he ferried gasoline to General Patton when his supply had run out.
After the military, Leon returned to Harrisonburg and was the dealer for Packard automobiles and Willy's Jeeps. He later worked with his brother, Lester, doing construction of flood control dams in the mountains of both Virginia and West Virginia.
On Sept. 15, 1946, he married Ms. Helen Long of Harrisonburg. They spent 60 years together; Helen preceded Leon in death on Sept. 16, 2006.
Leon is survived by son, Donald Frank of Harrisonburg; daughter, JoEllen Cox and her husband, Warren Cox, of McDonough, Ga.; granddaughter, Kimberly Satenstein and her husband, Paul Satenstein, of Salisbury, N.C.; grandson, Donald Gray and his wife, Jennifer Gray, of Forsyth, Ga.; and two great-grandchildren, Summer and Justin Gray.
The family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.
A memorial service was held 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Otterbein United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Grogan officiating. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Good Samaritan Fund, c/o Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community Foundation Dept., 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2433.