Kenneth “Ken” Melvin Frank, 88, of Cove, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. A private service will be held at a later time.
Ken was born on July, 3, 1930 in Orafino, Nebraska to Chris and Emily (McMichael) Frank. He resided in Orafino, Nebraska; Pine Bluffs, Wyoming; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Kimball, Nebraska; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Union, Oregon and Cove, Oregon. Ken served our country while in the USMC and was a Military Police officer in the Korean War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Navy Occupation Ribbon.
Ken worked for Union Pacific Railroad and was the owner of Frank’s Auto Repair Shop. He was a farmer, rancher and heavy machinery technician for Russell Elmer and was a very skilled, dependable industrial mechanic for Union Lumber Company, North Powder Wood Products, and Granger Wood Products in Lewiston, Idaho. Ken always had a positive attitude and a special smile for everyone. He was kind and generous. Two of his favorite charities were the American Heart Association and the Wounded Warriors Project. Along with hunting, fishing and boating, Ken enjoyed gold mining, playing pool, square dancing, target shooting and gemstone collecting. He belonged to the North American Hunting Club; NRA; North America Fishing Club; Bass Angler’s Sportsman Society, and VFW.
Ken is survived by his wife, Clarice (Lennard) Frank; daughters, Susan (Theodore) Aleson of Spokane, WA and Lorelei (Patrick) Kelly of Valley Center, CA, and Christine Frank of Union, OR; sons, Richard (Lynda) Frank of Union, OR, Anthony Frank of La Grande, OR, Daniel Frank of Spokane, WA, Phillip (Josephine) Frank of Cleveland, OK and Virgil (Stephanie) Frank of Washougal, WA; 23 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Emily Frank; sister, Ardith (Frank) Ross; brother, Darrell Frank and infant sister, Darlene Frank.