DELK, Frank Simpson of Richmond, Virginia, died Saturday, November 24, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 89. His beloved wife, Placide, preceded him in death in 2008. Mr. Delk is survived by his three children, Cathy Delk Montgomery and her husband, Chip, Frank Delk II and his wife, Crystal, and Betsy Todd Crosby and her husband, Stephen; as well as two grandchildren, Scott Simpson Crosby and his wife, Madelyn, and Claire Irene Crosby. Mr. Delk was born in Great Falls, Virginia, December 1, 1923 to Owington Gordon and Lena Frances Delk. He earned an Accounting degree from George Washington University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the U.S. Marine Corps reserves. Following the war, he was honorably discharged and went to work for IBM. He then worked for the National Geographic Society where he was employed for 30 years. He retired as Associate Secretary in 1979. Following his retirement, he and his wife relocated to Richmond, Virginia. There, he was able to enjoy the company of his children and grandchildren. Mr. Delk avidly collected antiques reflecting his interests. He also loved woodworking, gardening, listening to music, and above all, he loved his family. A private viewing for the family was held at the Virginia Cremation Society. At this time, a memorial date has not been set. In lieu of flowers, his family has asked that donations be made to Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.