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FRANK RAY NOWAK, 89, died on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, 7:30 a.m., at Symphony of Chesterton. Born Dec. 19, 1928, in Fort Wayne, he was the only child of Frank Andrew and Ethel Josephine (Leedy) Nowak. Growing up with three Franks in the house, he was called "Pete". He was a 1947 graduate of New Haven High School and earned a BA from Ball State (then Teachers College) in 1951 and an MA in 1962. On March 24, 1951, he married Dorothy Ellen Mehring at the Grace Methodist Church in New Haven and moved to Muncie, Ind., where he was in school. In February of 1953, Frank enlisted in the Air Force and following weather observer school, he stayed on at Rantoul, Ill., as an instructor. While there, the opportunity to Officer Candidate School came through and he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on Sept. 10, 1954. After supply school in Cheyenne, Wyo., he served in the Azores for 18 months returning to Altus, AFB, Okla. While there he went with the 96th bomber wing to Guam for three months and a side trip to Okinawa. He left active duty in September of 1957 and moved to Michigan City where he taught at Elston Junior, Barker Junior and Elston High School as well as assistant principal at Elston before opening Rogers High School as its first principal in 1971. He retired from teaching in 1989. Frank continued in the Air Force Reserves serving in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio before retiring as a Lt. Colonel, USAF on Dec. 19, 1988. Frank once served as president of the Michigan City Classroom Teachers Association, the American Red Cross, the Michigan City Community Concert Association, and as charter president of the Michiana Lions Club which honored him as a Melvin Jones Fellow. He had also been a member of the LaPorte County Bass Club and an active member of the First United Methodist Church running the sanctuary soundboard for many years. He enjoyed classical music, Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, reading and the men at McDonald's. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Nowak; daughter, Jean Ann Nowak (Jerry) Dreessen of Hamlet, Ind.; son, Steven Ray Nowak of Michigan City; sister-in-law, Vivian Stokes of Danville, Ill.; and grandchildren, Abigail Gardner of Alexandria, Va., Jordan Nowak (Brandon) Pearson of Chesterton, Ind., Lauren (Zachary Schriver) Nowak of Cranberry Township, Pa., Alexander Gardner of Washington DC, and Brooke Gardner (Seth) Newhouse of Dublin,Ohio; nephews, Jim and Chip Mehring; and niece, Martha Mehring Breer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ethel Nowak; stepfather, Orville Minnich; daughter, Patricia Ellen Gardner; sister-in-law, Carol Mehring; and brothers-in-law, Orvil Stokes and Clinton Mehring. Cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance is 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, 121 E. 7th St., Michigan City (IN 46360), with memorial visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Pastor Nancy Nichols officiating. Memorials may be sent to the Michigan City Scholarship Foundation or a . Burial of Cremated remains will be at a later date at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in New Haven. Arrangements have been entrusted to Geisen-Carlisle Funeral & Cremation Services, 613 Washington St., Michigan City, Ind. To sign guestbook or leave condolences, please visit, 874-4214.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 5, 2018
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