JOSEPH LEROY FRANK Dec. 1, 1923 - Feb. 7, 2014 Joe Frank of Paradise, CA passed away February 7, 2014. Joe was born in Post Falls, Idaho to Thomas Leroy Frank and Beulah May Neese on December 1, 1923. He started school in Hayden, Idaho and then moved to Southern California where he completed his schooling. On September 7, 1942 Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went on to serve his country by fighting in the Pacific Theatre. He was on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima where he observed the famous flag raising on Mount Suribachi. He was a recipient of two purple heart medals. After the war Joe returned to Southern California where he went to work pushing cattle for a feedlot in La Puente, CA. He worked there for about ten years until the lot closed, then spent some time as a heavy equipment operator on jobs at UCLA, Century City, Irvine College, and many more. He then moved to Northern California to work on the Oroville Dam project; then the Interstate Highway 5 project. After completing those jobs he worked as a project manager for a land developer here in Northern California for the next 20 years. During that time he was very involved in the development of Paradise Pines in Magalia, California. After his retirement Joe was involved in many activities. He loved working with horses and it seemed he always had one or two around for his enjoyment. He also enjoyed painting in oils; furniture caning and glass blowing. He and his 2nd wife, Marjorie, liked traveling to craft shows selling his glass blown ornaments and his special wedding cake tops. They also enjoyed raising cattle and sheep for local 4H projects. He is preceded in death by his first wife Anita Dale Erwin, granddaughter Amy; his 2nd wife Marjorie Flem and stepson Jerry Strietzel. He leaves behind his daughters Nita Jo Erickson and Coralie (Corky) Myers (Jim); and stepdaughters Jean Melson (Jim), Joanne Thomson and Jerrilyn Holdridge (Russ), eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; half-brother Al Rose. And his best friend forever, Ramona Balken. A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, February 12, 11:00am at Paradise Chapel of the Pines, 5691 Almond St., Paradise, CA.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 11, 2014
Paradise Chapel of the Pines Mortuary - Crematory - Paradise
5691 Almond Street Paradise, CA 95969