John Joseph Frank Jr.

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John Joseph Frank, Jr. (Johnny) passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2012, after fighting kidney failure and acute arthritis for the last several years; he had celebrated his 93rd birthday with his immediate family just 53 days ago. Johnny was born in Beaumont, Texas on August 27, 1919, the youngest of three boys; he was preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph Frank, Sr. and Katie Hartdegen Frank, and his brothers, Charles P. Frank and George H. Frank. Johnny faithfully took care of his family and served his community with distinction throughout his entire life. He was a devout Catholic and was a member and officer of the Holy Name Society of St. Pius X. Catholic Church and served on the Kelly High School Foundation; he was also a member of St. Pius X Men's Council and was a Fourth Degree member of the Msgr. E. A. Kelly Knights of Columbus Council 4172 for many years; in 1965, he served as the Grand Knight of that organization and was elected Faithful Navigator of the DeLaSalle General Assembly, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus shortly thereafter. While attending both St. Pius X and St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Churches for over 50 years, Johnny was an active member of the choirs of those churches. Johnny graduated from French High School in 1935 where he played football, basketball and ran track; he received an Associates Degree in Business from Lamar College in 1937 and married the love of his life, Gloria Marie Geraci at age 19. Johnny and Gloria produced three sons, Thomas J. Frank, Sr. (wife Pat), Robert S. Frank (wife Nancy), and Charles W. (Bill) Frank (wife Nancy), all of whom survive Johnny and Gloria's passing. Johnny and Gloria celebrated 63 years of marriage in 2000, just before Gloria left this world to be with her Eternal Father. In 2002, Johnny remarried Eloise Wolf who now resides in Dallas. In addition to his three children, Johnny is survived by eleven grandchildren and fourteen great -grandchildren. Johnny was known in his family as a gentleman's gentlemen and would never allow a female to enter a building or car without holding the door open for her-that was wife, mother or a complete stranger! Johnny was an avid and competitive athlete and had a reputation as one of the most feared fast-pitch softball pitchers in the Southeast Texas area; it was not uncommon for him to throw back-to-back no-hitters on the days that his team played a double-header. He also played football at Lamar College and refereed basketball for many years; he served on the Board of Directors of the Beaumont Pony League in 1955 and 1956 and its president in 1956; he also served as a Board Member of the Connie Mack Baseball League. Anyone that ever played a game of dominos (shoot the moon or 42) with Johnny knew quite well the importance of a 25 cent bet; losing was not an option-it was simply a temporary setback. He was active in the sports career of all three of his sons; he taught them how to be competitive in all athletic endeavors, but more importantly, he also taught them how to be good sports and gave each one of them the gift of living one's life to its fullest. Johnny continued to play softball until he was age 60 and played golf regularly until he was age 85. During WWII, Johnny served his country in the United States Navy as a Yeoman First Class, and was a member of a team of sailors who operated an LST equipment and troop carrier. After the war, he was a baker for many years, operating a store front baker in Vidor and then a commercial bakery in Beaumont-anyone who ever ate a Johnny Frank's fried pie, or a piece of his German chocolate cake, or his Italian cream cake always went out of their way to have seconds. After a brief career in real estate, Johnny joined the sales team of Conn Appliances in Beaumont in 1956 and worked with the appliance and electronics company for over 50 years in several capacities, including Salesman, Bookkeeper, Sales Manager, Operations Manager, Vice President, and Manager of the Resale Shop. He retired several times from Conn's, but did not formally stop working for the company until he was 85. During his business career, he always served as Board member and/or President of the Beaumont Exchange Club and the Beaumont Kiwanis Club. A gathering of Mr. Frank's family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2012, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny's grandchildren, Greg Frank, Robby Frank, Tim Frank, Michael Frank, Amy Frank, and Steven Frank. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, P.O. Box 3309, Beaumont, Texas 77704-3309. The family would like to extend its most sincere appreciation to the caregivers that helped Johnny in his battle with renal failure over the last several years. George Zuzukin, M.D. and his staff oversaw the treatment that helped extend Johnny time here on earth even when most physicians would have forced dialysis treatments that Johnny had elected to forego. Family member Bobby Frank provided specialized daily care for Johnny for an extended period before the Accent Health Organization took over, providing continuous caregivers that helped Johnny get through some very difficult times (particularly the last year). These aides not only provided a loving care for Johnny, but became an actual extension of the Frank family as they helped him through his daily routine. Johnny never felt alone with these ladies by his side. Thank you ladies for not only doing your job, but for caring while you worked. Thank you also to the hospice group at Calder Woods who prepared Johnny and the family for his final journey. Johnny, we will all miss your smile, your competitive spirit, and your love of life! While we are saddened by your passing, we find comfort in knowing that you have joined Gloria in your Enternal Home! We can see you both smiling down from your heavenly rewards. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 22, 2012
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