Francis Philip "Frank" Cashen (1924 - 2011)

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Francis (Frank) Philip Cashen died peacefully on Sunday morning, Nov. 13, 2011 in Juneau. He was 87.

Frank and his identical twin brother Harry were born Sept. 5, 1924 to Thomas and Sadie (King) Cashen, and were raised in Douglas with older siblings Frances, Tom, Cece, John, Bill and Gerald.

Frank and Harry attended Douglas High School, graduating in 1942. They joined the U.S. Army and were stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. They then attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

Frank's first date with his future wife, Irene Olsen, was at the wedding reception of Vern and Pat Metcalfe in 1946. Frank and Irene were married Aug. 21, 1948, at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

Frank and Irene began married life in a small two bedroom house across the street from the Douglas Fire Station where he served as a volunteer fireman. In 1957, when the fifth of their eight children was born, they purchased and moved to a larger home in Juneau. There was even room for Harry.

Frank worked at the Piggly Wiggly as a grocery clerk, and moved on to work for the State of Alaska departments of Labor, Fish and Game, and Marine Transportation in various accounting and administrative officer positions. He retired from the State in 1976 and opened Cashen Quarters, a small hotel. Frank retired permanently in the early 90's.

Frank's children fondly remember their evening walks to the dock and Dad's smile of welcome and a handshake or wave for everyone they passed. His joy for life showed in everything he did. He enjoyed a good party, loved to dance, play his harmonica and watch a good western. While Frank's voice wasn't the best, he was proud to sing in the church choir with "the voice God gave him." He was well known for his prayer for the fishermen and all those who make their living on the sea.

He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, by his son Philip, and grandson Tim.

He is survived by Irene, his wife of 63 years; daughters Kirsten and husband Gary Waid, of Juneau; and Rebecca O'Reilly, of Mill Creek, Wash.; sons Raymond and wife Cori, of Tucson, Arizona., Daniel and wife Danielle, Nicholas and wife Karen, Robert, and Joseph, all of Juneau; 15 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren (with another due in March), and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass celebrating his life will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Cathedral of the Nativity, followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Treadwell Room at the Baranof Hotel. All are invited.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 20 to Nov. 27, 2011
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