Harry Fank III (1921 - 2012)

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Frank III, Harry Joseph "Bud'

Harry Joseph "Bud" Frank III, 90, a life- long resident of Davenport, Iowa, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at St. Mary's Nursing Home, Davenport. Bud was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Davenport Iowa, the son of Harry and Marie Frank. He was a graduate of Davenport High School and attended Wentworth Military Academy where he was an All-Conference tight end on their football team. Upon graduation and the start of WWII, he joined the Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific and fought bravely in the Pelileu and Okinawa campaigns. Upon his honorable discharge from the military in 1946, he married Betty Marie Bannon and returned to further his education at Miami of Ohio University. Joining his family business, Frank Foundries, he rose from an hourly worker pouring molds to Vice President, Operations. His knowledge and creativity helped him initiate and deploy statistical process control which significantly reduced waste. Bud was recognized as a pioneer of statistical process control which is now known as zero-defect and used by all major corporations today. Bud will also be remembered as a patriot not only for his military service but for his tireless dedication "to bring about less government, more responsibility, and - with God's help - a better world". Bud was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, leading the rest of his family in rooting for "the Pack" (much to the dismay of his son-in-law, a lifelong Chicago Bears fan). Bud was a loving son, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.

Those left to honor his memory include his spouse of 64 years, Betty Bannon Frank, children, Cynthia Reifenrath, William and Lisa Frank, son-in-law, John Reifenrath, daughter-in-law, Elaine Frank and grandchildren, Katharine, Marnie and Peter Reifenrath, and Holly Frank.

A private family memorial will be held in Ephraim, Wis.

Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home assisted the family.

Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Scott County

Published in Door County Advocate on June 30, 2012
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