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William Francis "Frank" Arket, a devoted husband and father, passed away on Saturday, the 28th of January 2012, at the age of 94. He was born on the 24th of August 1917 in Wampam, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Frank is survived by his son, James J. Arket and wife Rita of Houston; son, Robert D. Arket of Austin; and daughter, Barbara J. Venable of Houston, along with his aunt Pauline Christie and many nieces, nephews and cousins in Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, and Alabama. He proudly served his country for over 40 years as a career soldier and civil servant. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland. Frank is preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Dorothea Hill Arket of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania in 1993. His son, William M. Arket, and his grandson, Eugene Arket, both passed away in 1971. Frank began his military service in 1941 when he was drafted into the U. S. Army just prior to the United States entering World War II. He served 23 years in the U. S. Army infantry, and was a World War II veteran of combat in France and Germany during 1944 and 1945. He was a member of the original cadres of the 9th, 82nd, 84th, and 63rd Army divisions and served in combat with the 63rd division in France fighting in the Battle of Colmar Pocket. Among his awards and decorations during his years of service include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Oak Leaf Cluster. After the war, he trained as a special agent in military intelligence for the Counter Intelligence Corp. or CIC and was assigned as an army warrant officer to a detachment in Munich Germany to investigate suspected war criminals and displaced persons. Later, he worked on classified projects to counter cold war objectives against the United States by the Soviet Union, in Germany, Panama, and numerous stations within the United States. His service included extensive international assignments; moving his family throughout Europe, South America, and the United States. He was stationed in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon as an agent for The Army Security Detachment. His service also included protection of the then President and former General, Dwight D. Eisenhower for the meeting of the 24 Presidents of the Western Hemisphere in Panama. He served as the U. S. Army Intelligence Officer to the American embassy, The Secret Service, and The Guardia Nationale of Panama. In 1960, Frank was assigned as the undercover agent for the CIC as well as a civilian civil servant at the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, and moved his family to El Paso, Texas. There he was responsible for preventing any Communist espionage of classified military secrets at the highly secured military installation from 1960 until he retired from both active military duty and civil service in 1981. Frank relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1995 to be with his family. He was a man of many interests, including playing piano, painting, wood working and photography. He also authored a book, "The First Born" about his military and war time experiences. His country called upon him as late as 2006 to assist the Justice Department in testimony for the ongoing pursuit and investigations of suspected war criminals located in the U. S. that he had investigated up to 60 years prior in Europe. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the nurses at A-Med Community Hospice, the staff of Atria Westchase, and his caregivers from Heaven Sent Home Care for their care and compassion. The memorial service will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the Restlawn Mausoleum Chapel. Dr. Rebecca B. Whitaker of Highland Presbyterian Church will be officiating. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that contributions be made to the A-Med Community Hospice, 3535 Briarpark Dr., Ste. 220, Houston, TX, 77042; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Jacksonville, FL, 32256;

Published in El Paso Times from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21, 2012
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