Franklin Fey (1929 - 2014)

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Franklin R. Fey

March 14, 1929

February 27, 2014

Franklin R. Fey passed away peacefully with family in his home February 27, 2014.

Frank was born March 14, 1929 in San Francisco to Edmund and Irene Fey. He grew up in Burlingame and graduated from San Jose State. Frank joined the Air Force in 1955.

In 1957 he married Virginia Strickland and welcomed a son, Jeff, in 1961.

In 1958, Frank and his brother Marsh moved their families to Reno. They brought with them their grandfather's invention, the Liberty Bell slot machine to open a museum and a saloon. They purchased the property known as the Little Red Barn on the outskirts of Reno. That was the beginning of the Reno icon named the Liberty Belle. Good times, several hundred pounds of prime rib and libations were had by all at the Belle.

In addition to the running the day to day operations of the Belle, Frank joined the Air Guard in 1958 as a pilot. Frank had many fond memories and some good stories about his time in the Guard. This is when he became a member of the group called "McFadden's Nine", a group of guys that Father Leo McFadden kept an eye on.

Frank and Ginny enjoyed many summers in Graeagle and were avid golfers. Frank was not known for being the best golfer but did manage to have 2 holes in ones. In addition to time in Graeagle they traveled with Jeff and other family members and friends in their motor home around the country during Jeff's youth.

Frank was active in many clubs and organizations. He was a 25 year member of the Reno Elks, the Virginia City Eagles, and the Nevada Stamp Study Society and was an at one time a Member and Director of the Chamber of Commerce. And we can't forget the Clampers; he was a member of the E Clampus Vitus: Snoeshoe Thompson & Julia Bulette Chapters.

The Liberty Belle was sold in 2006. Frank began spending time with his grandsons, Travis and Tyler. Frank and Travis attended Stamp Society meetings together and he was in frequent attendance at their baseball games. Two kids couldn't have had a better grandfather.

Frank was preceded by his parents, his wife Ginny, and brother Ed. He is survived by brother Marsh, sister -in-law Shirley, son Jeff and his wife Karyn, grandsons Travis and Tyler and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Frank's life will be held Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 2pm-5 pm at the Lakeside Bar and Grill, 3466 Lakeside Drive. We invite all to come and share their memories and stories.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in Frank's name to Circle of Life Hospice. Frank was a very kind and generous man and will be missed by all.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Mar. 4 to Mar. 7, 2014
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