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Frank Niles

Frank B. Niles passed away on December 13, 2012 in Topeka, Kansas after an extended struggle with cancer. He was born November 15, 1951 to Irving and Carrol Niles in Emporia, Kansas. Frank grew up on a farm outside of Lyndon, Kansas. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1969. After attending Washburn University in Topeka, Mr. Niles served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years. He then returned to Washburn University, earning a BBS in management and accounting. Mr. Niles worked for Hallmark Cards in Topeka, and later the State of Kansas as an auditor, accountant and program manager. He was a member of the Kansas Air National Guard, 190th Air Refueling Group in Topeka at Forbes Field for 30 years. Mr. Niles deployed with the 190th to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1990 during the Gulf War. After returning, Frank was promoted to 1st Sargent of the 190th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and later worked full-time for the 190th as an aircraft maintenance supervisor until 2001. He then worked for the VA Shared Service Center in Topeka for 9 years before retiring. Preceded in death by his father, Irving Niles. He is survived by his mother Carrol Niles-Henderson of Lyndon, KS; son, Frank Patrick (Kelly) Niles; grandson, Wesley Niles, all of Tampa, FL; daughter, Katherine Andrea Niles (Frank) Nikodym of Benbrook, TX; sisters, Nancy (James) Lusk of Overland Park, KS and Dr. Norma (Steven) Moore of Wichita, KS, as well as Nadine Martinez, his companion of 20 years. He was married to the former Kathy Ellis of Lyndon, Kansas in June 1974, and divorced in 1982. Mr. Niles enjoyed time with his family, reading, and yard work. His hobbies were hunting, shooting and fishing with his friends, as well as motorcycles and racing. Mr. Niles was extremely grateful for the outstanding care he received from the Topeka VA Hospital, especially the Oncology Department. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 2:00 pm at the Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor, Topeka, KS. Casual dress, including jeans, please. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kansas Democratic Party, P.O. Box 1914, Topeka, Ks. 66601, in lieu of flowers. Frank Niles

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Dec. 19, 2012
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