Frank A. Socha

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CSM Frank A. Socha, USA, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at his home in Fountain, Colorado surrounded by his family. He was a Special Forces Soldier who loved his sons and his wife, and had a passion for life, his work, and his country. Frank Anthony Socha was born on September 28, 1964 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Frank and Suzanne (Baird) Socha. He was a 1982 graduate of Southgate Anderson High School in Southgate, Michigan. He entered the service of his country in November of 1985. He married his high school sweetheart, Brenda Leigh Necelis, on March 6, 1987. They were happily married for over twenty-five years. CSM Socha was the 26th CSM of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson. CSM Socha participated in Operation PROVIDE PROMISE, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT I and II (Iraq and Turkey), Operation JOINT GUARD, Bosnia Herzegovina; Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, Kosovo; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM III, Kirkuk, Iraq; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM IV, Baghdad, Iraq; and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM V, Baghdad, Iraq. He was a member of the Special Forces Association, the American Legion, the National Rifle Association and loved the game of hockey, specifically the Detroit Red Wings. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda of Fountain, Colorado; his sons: Frank A. Socha, Jr. of Golden, Colorado, and Chad Socha of Denver, Colorado. He is also survived by his father, Frank S. (wife, Lynette) Socha of Morley, Michigan; and his brothers: John (wife, Christina) Socha of Trenton, Michigan, and Mike (wife, Amy) Socha of LaGrange, Georgia; his sister, Patricia (husband, Dennis) Trowbridge of Trenton; his brother Derek of Morley, Michigan and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a multitude of dear friends. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the R.J. Nixon Funeral Home, Wyandotte, Michigan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the R.J. Nixon Chapel, 2544 Biddle Street, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192. Entombment will follow at the Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Michigan. Memorials in his name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1 South Nevada Avenue, Suite 205, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 or to the Green Beret Foundation, 18756 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78258. "De Opresso Liber" Online Condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance.com

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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 16, 2012
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