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Francisco "Frank" Spallino

1930 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Francisco "Frank" Spallino Obituary
Francisco "Frank" Spallino 1930 - 2013 Viewing will be held in Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel, 9101 Kern Canyon Rd., January 24, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 P.M.; and services will be January 25, 2013, at 9:30 A.M. for our beloved Francisco "Frank" Spallino, 82, whose spirit was released from his body in the wee hours of January 19, 2013. Father Jerry Hartz will officiate. A graveside service with full Military Honors will follow at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E Bear Mtn Blvd. Frank leaves behind his wife Patricia; children, Ann (Bob) Nancarrow, Frank (Becky) Spallino, Bill (Marilyn) Spallino, and Tina (Dan) Eliason; step daughters Diane Schuetz and Stacey (James) Loubey; thirteen grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his first love, and wife, Dealia Ann Hatt Spallino. Frank was born on February 28, 1930 in Los Angeles, CA to Charles, and Jennie Spallino, a young Sicilian immigrant, and a first generation American Russian. They lived in Frank's Grandparent's house on Britanica St., they were, Nanu, Francesco, and Nana, Anna. Frank was the second born, giving a little brother, and best friend to his beloved sister Anne. He was followed by his brother Jim and little sister Susan. At age 17 he joined the Coast Guard. Living in LA, you would think he would stay on the west coast, but instead was stationed on the Great Lakes, on the Ice Cutter "Mackinaw" where he met Dealia,(Dee) in Cheboygan, MI who melted the cold with her love. They married on January 26, 1948 and started their adventures in life taking them from Michigan, to Minnesota, California, Texas, Michigan, Germany, Texas, and home to his beloved California for his final years. Frank left the Coast Guard and re-enlisted in the Air Force. It was his honor to serve his country for a total of 23 years before retiring to Eureka, CA in 1969, to be close to his brother Jim who lives in neighboring Arcata. He was a Master Electrician for Humboldt County for many years before buying five acres of redwoods in Fieldbrook, CA just east of McKinleyville. Frank and Dee enjoyed their land and started up a bait company raising worms. They retired after a few years due to health concerns, sold everything, and took to the road with a camper ending in Oceano, CA where Dee succumbed to lung cancer in San Lois Obispo in June of 1985. It was at Sand and Surf in Oceano where Frank met the second love of his life, Pat and they were married on October 2, 1990 in Hawaii. Pat and Frank enjoyed many years of travel to the coast in their 5th wheel. Frank was a strong family man. He loved and missed his out-of-town family and wanted to see his children and grandchildren as much as possible. He and Pat traveled to northern California and Utah every time a new grandchild was born or monthly, whichever came first. Frank was an excellent handyman and enjoyed working with wood, handcrafting basinets for some of his grandchildren. He also loved to cook and was often found flipping pancakes for ICF or cooking and serving for "Luigi's West" in the Mobile Home Park where they live. Frank Spallino was a great man who served his country with honor and true patriotism. His favorite colors were red, white and blue. Frank attended OLPH, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, OLPH Council #13299; Italian Catholic Federation #281; the Air Force Sergeants Assn., and American Legion Post 26. Frank was the best father and husband and will be missed more than words can say. We were blessed to have been loved by him and know he now rests in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The family would like to thank Eric Ruiz and the rest of the staff at the Rehab Center of Bakersfield for their love, care and friendship of our beloved Frank. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka KS 66675. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 23, 2013
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