North Stonington - Frank A. Limpert Sr., 84, of North Stonington, passed away at The Westerly Hospital on Oct. 9, 2013.
He leaves his wife of 63 years, Alma R. (Vars) Limpert; two sons, Frank and David; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was born in Royal Oak, Mich., Sept. 3, 1929, the son of Dr. Frank A. Limpert, DDS, and Edna M. (Stambaugh) Limpert. Frank spent most of his childhood summers at his grandparents big farm in Groveport, Ohio, haying the large fields and taking care of the farm animals. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Navy
submarine service as a quarter master and served 20 years on diesel submarines.
Frank was a member of the North Stonington Grange, the original fair committee, North Stonington Baptist Church, Sub Vets of Groton, and was a volunteer fireman
. Very historic minded, Frank moved and restored a one room school house to the original foundation of the District 2 school house circa 1804 in the center of the village. He named the school house after Marcia Thompson, one of the few remaining one room school teachers
and held a dedication day in her honor. Frank also placed a mill stone on the corner of the Wyassup Road and Main Street as a reminder of the rich heritage of the original "Milltown". He recreated the original "Slocums" Blacksmith Shop which sat on the property. He also built the Nutmeg Mill that is attached to the Limpert house (Andrew Baldwin House) and waterwheel.
As interest grew in the Native American heritage, Frank opened his "Franks Trading Post" where he handcrafted Native American regalia for members of Native American tribes all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, and even Germany. He operated Franks Trading Post for 20 years and retired at the age of 80.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, and the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at North Stonington Baptist Church, with a procession to the Wheeler Cemetery.