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iconCarl J. "Bud" Frank, 66, of Riverside, IL; loving husband of Ruth nee Ciastko; treasured and loving father of John C., Kelly (Jason) Rajkowski and Julee (Kevin) Kopka; dearest "Bumpa" of Jaimee, Grace, Audrey and Isabella; dearest cousin and uncle of many. Mr. Frank was an attorney who was actively engaged in the practice of law for more than 40 years. Admitted to practice in Illinois by the Illinois Supreme Court and the three Federal District courts in Illinois, he was also a member of the bar of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services. He was a retired (December 2008) Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the US Navy. He was an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School. Following graduation from law school, Captain Frank reported for active duty and served Surface Warfare Officer tours as Damage Control Assistant and Engineering Officer on the USS Power and USS Charles F. Adams. In 1982, Captain Frank accepted a direct commission in the Judge Advocate General?s Corps of the US Naval Reserve. He served as Defense Counsel/Administrative Officer, VTU LAW 1314; Law of Armed Conflict Attorney, Status of Forces Agreement Attorney and International Agreements Attorney, Commander In Chief, US Naval Forces, Europe; Defense Counsel and Trial Counsel/Training Officer, NR LSO Great Lakes; Executive Officer, VTU LAW 1314; Staff Judge Advocate, Personnel Mobilization Team; Commanding Officer, VTU LAW (awarded the RADM Gerald E. Gilbert Cup as the most outstanding Naval Reserve Law Program Unit in 1997); Deputy Judge Advocate, Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Midwest; Commanding Officer, NR LSO North Central 113; and, Staff Judge Advocate, NR Naval Network and Space Operations Command. He recently served on the Military Affairs Committee of the Illinois Bar Association. Captain Frank's decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and various service and commendation awards including the Viet Nam Service Medal and the Republic of Viet Nam Medal. In his civilian life, Mr. Frank was an Assistant Corporation counsel of the City of Chicago, from 1972 to 1973, at which time he prosecuted more than 100 criminal housing management and code enforcement cases. In 1973, he joined the law department of the Burlington Northern. In 1977, Mr. Frank left the Burlington to become the first General Counsel of the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois (RTA). In 1987, Mr. Frank joined Waste Management of North America, Inc., as its Associate General Counsel and was later named region Vice President and General Counsel, directing and managing all legal affairs and litigation in 14 states and three Canadian provinces. In 1997, Mr. Frank left Waste Management and established the law firm that became Frank & Pirok, Ltd. and was also Of Counsel to the law firm of Amari & Locallo. Mr. Frank was also active in his community, where, most recently, he was a member of the Riverside Caucus. As his children were growing up, he coached Little League and actively participated in Indian Guides and Princesses. He performed Pro Bono legal work for many. Visitation Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 4, 8:45 a.m. till time of services at 9:30 a.m. at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home 80 E. Burlington St. Riverside to St. Mary Church, Mass 10:00 a.m. Entombment Resurrection Mausoleum. Donations to a Veteran Organization of your choice would be appreciated. Funeral info at 708-447-2261 or www.ivinsfh.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Jan. 2, 2013
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