WESTERLY, R.I. – Frank A. Limpert, Sr., 84, of North Stonington, Conn., passed away at Westerly Hospital on Wednesday, 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.
Frank was born in Royal Oak, Mich., on Sept. 3, 1929, the son of Dr. Frank A. Limpert, DDS, and Edna M. (Stambaugh) Limpert. He spent most of his childhood summers at his grandparents' big farm in Groveport, Ohio, haying the large fields taking care of the farm animals. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy
Submarine Service as a Quartermaster and served for 20 years on diesel submarines.
Frank was a member of the North Stonington Grange, a volunteer fireman
, Original Fair Committee, North Stonington Baptist Church, and Sub Vets of Groton.
Very historic-minded, Frank moved and restored a one-room schoolhouse to the original foundation of the District Two school house (ca. 1804) in the center of the village. He named the schoolhouse after Marcia Thompson, one of the few remaining one-room school teachers
, and held a dedication day in her honor.
Frank also placed a millstone on the corner of the Wyassup Road and Main Street as a reminder of the original Milltown. He recreated the original Slocum's Blacksmith Shop, which sat on the property. He also built the Nutmeg Mill and waterwheel that are attached to the Limpert house (Andrew Baldwin House).
As interest grew in the Native American heritage, Frank opened his Frank's Trading Post, where he hand-crafted Native American regalia for members of Native American tribes all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and even Germany. He operated Frank's Trading Post for 20 years and retired at the age of 80.
Visiting hours at Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly, will be on Monday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., and a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m., at North Stonington Baptist Church, with a procession to the Wheeler Cemetery.