Born May 18, 1927 in Chicago, passed peacefully to our Lord Jan. 14, 2013 in Bellingham. Frank is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol Charvat, residing in Bellingham, son Glenn (Sheryl) Charvat, daughter Gail (John) Wasilewski of Bellingham, grandsons Curtis (Stephanie) Wasilewski, Nick Wasilewski, and 4 great-grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by grandson Kyle Charvat and brother Richard Charvat, Chicago. Frank founded Frank J. Charvat Insurance, Inc. in 1955, in Seattle, and held professional designations as a Chartered Life Underwriter and Certified Financial Planner. He retired 34 years later, at the age of 62. After serving in the Coast Guard, Frank moved with his parents to Seattle in 1950. Frank and Carol were married Sept. 20, 1952 in Seattle. Frank joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1939 and was a lifelong member. He was awarded the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver by the Chief Seattle Council of the BSA for his service in various District and Council positions. He was also awarded the Silver Lamb for his service to the National Lutheran Association of Scouters. Frank was an avid outdoorsman and conservationalist, serving as the Legislative Representative to the Washington State Sportsman's Council for the Edmonds Rod and Gun Club. He was also a member of the Blue Bill Duck Club, Seattle Rifle and Pistol Association, Life Member of the NRA, United States Golf Association, Wayne Golf Course Men's Club, and an active member of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church. A memorial service and reception will be held Jan. 26, 2 - 5 p.m. at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Kyle Charvat Foundation (www.kylecharvatfoundation.org), Chief Seattle Council of the BSA (www.seattlebsa.org), the Lutheran Association of Scouters Endowment Fund, or Maple Leaf Lutheran Church. A special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Whatcom Hospice House.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 20, 2013