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Age 86, passed away in peace after a short illness, on July 22, 2005. He was born to Frank and Hazel Knapke on January 21, 1919 in Lima, Ohio. In 1956 he married Mary Jo Bittle with whom they had two children. He attended Catholic schools in Ohio and Alabama and earned an MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. He started flying airplanes at age 19. From 1939-40 he trained pilots for the Army Air Corps for World War II. From 1940-1948 he flew for CNAC in Asia. After a short stint in the US he became an Air Advisor to the Indonesian Government until 1952. From 1953-58 he was a check pilot for Pan Am. From 1958-1977 he lived in Sewickley, PA where he flew corporate jets for the U.S. Steel Corporation. In 1977 he retired from U.S. Steel and moved to Saudi Arabia where he flew for the Saudi Government until 1986. He then retired for good to Salt Lake City, UT where he could pursue his favorite sports. Frank will be best remembered for his maniacal love of skiing and tennis. He is survived by his wife, daughters Vivian Oakes and Susan (Rob) Kertesz and granddaughter Hannah. Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from January 27 to January 28, 2006