Frank J. Bazel Battle Creek Frank John Bazel, 94, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Bronson Battle Creek. Frank was born on January 18, 1919, in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Joseph and Emilia (DanielKaite) Beizelis. Frank served in the United States Army from October 18, 1940 to May 7, 1948 when he was discharged as a Tec Sergeant. He served with the 10th Infantry and the 5th Infantry in England, Ireland and France and was involved in battles in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. He was awarded 3 bronze service stars and two Military Order of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Frank was wounded in France in 1944 and was transferred to Percy Jones Army Medical Center in Battle Creek in 1945. He was employed by the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 27 years as a clothing supply clerk supervisor. He retired in 1972. Frank was a master gardener and an avid reader. He enjoyed sports and was a loyal Detroit Tiger fan. Frank was a member of the Church of Christ and served as a church elder. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV #7 and Purple Heart Veteran's Organization. Frank married the former Martha Ellen Webb on January 01 1948. She preceded him on September 2, 2007. Frank is survived by his sons John F. (and his wife Denise) Bazel of Battle Creek. James P. Bazel of Arizona. Ashley K. Bazel of Indiana daughter of James, and adopted daughter of Frank and Martha. Frank was preceded by his brothers and sisters. Visitation will be from 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Church of Christ with funeral services beginning at 1:00p.m. Interment will be at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Church of Christ. Arrangements are by Royal Funeral Home.
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 27, 2013