Frank D. Staszak

Capt. Frank D Staszak U.S. Army (Ret.) COLUMBIA - Graveside service for Capt. Frank D Staszak, U.S. Army (Ret.), 78, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Elmwood Cemetery with full military rights. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Capt. Staszak died Saturday, January 25, 2014. Born March 7, 1935, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of the late Frank Martin Staszak and Florence D. Mowakowska Staszak. Capt. Staszak serviced twenty years in the United States Army, Infantry. Frank serviced one tour in the Korean War and 2 tours in the Vietnam War. During his career in the U.S. Army, Frank was honored with the Good Conduct Medal, 2 Bronze Star Medals, the Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star Medal, and the Purple Heart Medal. Frank received the Army Commendation Medal for having distinguished himself by his exceptional meritorious service and for the significant contribution he made to the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, S.C., while serving as chief, drug and alcohol branch, directorate personnel and community activities and later as courts and board's officer, support command. He consistently manifested exemplary professionalism and initiative and inspired others to achieve higher goals. Through his diligence and determination he invariably accomplished every task with dispatch and efficiency. Frank's meritorious service and outstanding performance of his duties kept with the finest traditions of the military service and reflected distinct credit upon himself and the U.S. Army. After Frank's retirement, he served under the American Embassy in Saudi Arabia for ten years. Surviving are his children, Cynthia Staszak Lanouette (Paul), Connie Staszak Colburn, Frank M. Staszak (Lisa); grandchildren, Laura Smith (Joey), Casey Campbell (Ashley), Cloudy Soland, Patrick Roberts, Jennifer Roberts; great grandchildren, Reese Nichols Smith, Cassidy Oliver Campbell, JJ Smith, Mya Campbell, Brooklyn Delany Roberts, Austin Jacob "Jake" Roberts; siblings, Geraldine Trippi and James Staszak (Cynthia). In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann Staszak. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Homeless Veterans, P.O. Box 31506, Charleston, SC 29417. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

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Published in The State on Jan. 28, 2014