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Frank W. Dailey

92, of Indianapolis, passed away on March 21, 2012. He was born November 7, 1919 in Buffalo, NY to Charles Arthur Dailey and Christine Elizabeth Ticknor Dailey, who preceded him in death. Frank was raised in Dunkirk, NY.

Frank served his country in the U.S. Navy, where he served during WWII on the USS Wickes, APC 7 and USS Felicia (PYC 35). He received his doctorate of Juris Prudence from Duke University and was an attorney for the American Mutual Insurance, American States Insurance and the Indiana Lumberman's Insurance.

Frank's true love was all things magic. He became interested in magic as a child of 6 and performed professionally throughout the world. Frank served as president of the National Society of American Magicians (SAM) from 1983-84 and later became the historian for the SAM for many years. He was a member of the Houdini Club of Wisconsin, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Magic Circle and the Magic Castle. Frank was also a life member of the Zionsville American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 21 years, Sara Marie Williamson of Fredonia, NY. Sara passed away in 1964. Also preceding him in death was his second wife, Margaret Giddons Hoover of Indianapolis, IN, who passed away in 2003. and his brother, Robert Dailey of Forestville, NY.

Frank is survived by his daughters, Susan Orr of Naples, FL and Sharon Cole of Pittsboro, IN; step-daughters, Sue Lawson of Riverside, CA, Theresa Laswell of Houston, TX and Mary Margaret Wizner of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Ruth Mitchell of Lakeland, FL; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Stevens Mortuary & Family Center , 5520 W. 10th St., Indpls. Funeral services will be held in Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 963 N Girl School Road, Indpls on Monday, March 26 at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SYM Fund c/o Brad Jacobs 234 Towyn Court, Ambler, PA 19002 to continue Frank's mentorship of future magicians.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 24, 2012
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