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Dad was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1930.
He joined the Army in 1948. While stationed in Petaluma, California, he met my mother, Frances McConnell. They married in 1950 — Fran and Frank, sometimes called "Frick and Frack" by their friends.
A whirlwind of travel and adventure began. I was born in Virginia, then my brother in Sapporo, Japan. We were stationed in Germany twice; what an opportunity for us to travel and camp in several other countries!
We were also twice stationed in Massachusetts, where we traveled the East Coast and visited Dad's family in New York.
Dad retired in 1968 from the United States Army Security Agency. My parents decided to settle in California. My father had several jobs, and my parents moved two more times in California.
In 1982, my parents sold their house, bought a 28-foot RV and traveled the states for 10 years. Finally, they settled in Sequim.
My mother passed in 2006.
Dad is survived by his sister, Patty (Bob) Noeker in Florida; daughter Cindy (Laird) Benson of Port Angeles; son Frank Ingrassia of Port Angeles; grandson Ryan Trudeau of Seattle; and granddaughter Kelly Trudeau of Port Angeles.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 10, 2013