Long time Alaskan resident, Frank R. Smith, 80, died March 2, 2013 at Providence Alaska Medical Center with his family by his side.
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Visitation will be on Saturday, March 16th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 Pp.m. with the funeral at 1:00 p.m. at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 E. Klatt Rd. A reception will follow at the funeral home.
The oldest of seven siblings, Frank was born April 25, 1932 in Dexter, Maine. He joined the US Army in 1949 and became a Medic. During the Korean War Frank changed duties and became a Military Policeman where in 1952 was stationed near Hamadera, Japan, the place he met his soul mate and later wife, Kazuko Smith. Together they traveled the United States and overseas with their four children.
Frank served in the Vietnam War with the 504th Military Police Battalion, based out of Ft. Lewis, WA. In January 1974 his journey's landed him and family in the great state of Alaska, a land he fell in love with. In 1977 after 27 years of Honorable service, MSGT Frank R. Smith retired from the US Army to settle down in Anchorage. This new life lead Frank to his second career with American Guard and Alert Security for the Alyeska Pipeline.
Frank was a devoted family man who loved the last frontier. He was most happy when fishing the many rivers of Alaska, relaxing at his lot in Anchor Point or just having coffee with his buddies.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Kazuko Smith; children and spouses, Lily and Mike Marsh, Barbara and Will Fernandez and Wayne and Dinia Smith; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brothers, Linwood, Roland, Lawrence Towle and sister Helen Smith, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Alice Towle; brothers, Raymond and Roger Towle and daughter Sandra Montgomery.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Providence Alaska Medical Center. Those who would like to make Memorial contributions can be provided during the visitation and funeral service.
Published in adn.com from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013