Col. Frank M.
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Col. Frank Martin Rezeli (ret.), 95, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Inn at Quail Haven, Pinehurst, N.C.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1939, and was stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, when Pearl Harbor was attacked.After graduating from Officer Candidate School, he served as an aircraft maintenance officer in North Africa, Italy and Iran during World War II. After the war, he was involved in the Berlin Airlift.
- Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Anthony and Mary (Kripli) Rezeli.
He spent 26 years in the Air Force, including the last eight at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., where he served as chief of aircraft maintenance.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, he lived in Fayetteville, N.C., and worked in Civil Service at the air base. He moved to Quail Haven Village in 2006, and made many new friends who will miss him dearly, as will his friends in Fayetteville and all his family.
Frank was a communicant of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Fayetteville, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinehurst.
As his health declined in the past few months, his chief complaint was that he was no longer able to help other people.
He was predeceased by his wife, Anna (Suran) Rezeli, and his sister, Teresa Waros.
Surviving are two sons, Frank, and his wife, Kathleen, of Pinehurst, and David, and his wife, Karen, of Bunn, N.C.; four grandchildren, Luke, Ben, Jeff, and his wife, Debra, and Jennifer, wife of Scott Kelly; three great-grandchildren, Summer, Kai and Charlotte; and a brother Anthony, and his wife, Nancy, of Palmerton.
Service: Memorial service will be held at Quail Haven Village on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Contributions in his name may be made to the First Health Hospice or the
. Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, Fayetteville.
Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home Inc
545 Ramsey St Fayetteville, NC 28301
Published in Times News on Oct. 18, 2013