JOHN FRANK ~ Class of 1946
November 12, 1928 - March 20, 2008
John Frank, 79, of Richland passed away March 20, 2008 in Richland, after a brief illness. He was born November 12, 1928 in Denver, CO.
John lived in Richland 1944-1956. He graduated from Richland High School in 1946 and then from San Jose State University. He married Patricia Heisner in 1949 and was the father of four.
John was a member of the Richland High School Club 40 and attended numerous annual reunions.
He was a Chemical Operator for General Electric at Hanford in what was then known as the 234-5 Building in the 200 West Area. John then worked as a Reactor Operator at the GE Vallecitos Test Reactor in Livermore, California, and at G.E. in San Jose, until returning to Richland in 1986. After spending two-plus years as a Radiation Monitor at Hanford, John retired and spent his time doing what he loved most: golfing with his wife and friends, camping, fishing, and traveling with his family, and enjoying reunions with his G.E. buddies and his Richland Club 40 lunch buddies. John loved living in Richland and said he "always felt like this was where he belonged."
He was known for his good sense of humor and kindness to others. John was devoted to his wife of 58 years and was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Survivors include wife Patricia Frank; son Dennis Frank & wife Mary (Everett, WA); son Mike Frank (Livermore, CA); daughter Debbie Farrer and husband Bill (Bellingham, WA); son Dave Frank & wife Becky (Livermore, CA); grandchildren: Jesse, Taylor, Angela, Jeremy, Andrea, Trischa, Mallory; great-grandchildren: Gage, Madeline, Tod, Isaiah, Jaime, Divinia.
Preceding him in death are his parents, John and Anna Frank.
Family and friends will gather from 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday, March 29, 2008, to share memories and to celebrate John's life. The gathering will be held at the Horn Rapids Golf Course in the Sage Room, 2800 Clubhouse Lane in Richland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Freeman, Dr Ayres, and the nursing and respiratory staff in the Kadlec Medical Center CCU for the wonderful care provided to John. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Dan Niendorff for his care, compassion, and sincerity.
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