April 18, 1950 - February 13, 2013
Francis Ray 'Frank' Love of Oelrichs passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was 62 years old.
Frank was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado on April 18, 1950, to Melvin and Wanda (Curry) Love. He lived and attended school there, meeting the love of his life, Deborah K. Bingham at church when he was only eight years old.
More than a decade later, Frank made Debbie his wife, on March 31, 1973. He gained life experience, many friends and supported his growing family on the road as a truck-driver and at home as a "jack-of-all-trades."
In 1985 after the birth of their three children, they made a home in Ardmore with his young family and the extended family he considered to be his own.
Frank was a two-time Vietnam veteran, proudly serving in the U.S. Navy
from 1971-1974. After being in ROTC all through high school, he joined the Navy in 11th grade to become a boiler technician. As a proud American, his military career was a great time in his life. He remained supportive of his fellow veterans through memberships with The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars
. His passion for life, sage advice and quick wit will be missed by a great many.
His wife, children, grandchildren and extended family were the light of his life. He shared with them his own passions for life, including any activity that involved his love of the outdoors; hunting, fishing, motorcycles and barbecues. A true cowboy at heart, Frank spent a lifetime on horseback. A near obsession with country/western and old rock n' roll music shared with those he loves at concerts, on long car rides and in life provided a constant soundtrack of "songs that make us think of Dad."
Frank is survived by his wife, Deborah of Oelrichs, his son, John of Hot Springs, two daughters; Sheldon (Trinity) Abbott of Hot Springs and Angie Stanton of Oelrichs, six sisters, Charlene (Leroy) Jones of Ft. Collins, Harriett 'Dolly' (James) Mauk of Johnstown, Colo., Alma Emler of Burley, Idaho, Julhia (Joseph) Bowman, Colo., Judy (Roger) Cortez of Wellington, Colo., and Ruby Andre of Ft. Collins, as well as 10 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his fathers; Melvin Love and Carl Furthmyer, his mother, Wanda Furthmyer, two brothers; Brian Furthmyer and Joe Furthmyer and a sister, Carol Nix.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, at McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, at the Protestant Chapel at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs with Chaplain Gary Goodlin and Pastor Mark Crossman officiating.
Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors provided by the South Dakota National Guard and the Hot Springs Veterans Honor Guards.
Arrangements have been place in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.