Frank R. Warren
1928
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Frank R. Warren passed away peacefully, March 14, 2012 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Frank was born June 4, 1928, in Batavia, N.Y. He arrived at Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks in December 1946. After being discharged in April 1949 at Great Falls A.F.B.in Great Falls, Mont., he returned to Fairbanks. He worked at various jobs, including Lathrop Company as a projectionist at the Lacey Street and Empress theater, where he met his future wife, Mary O'Leary, whom he married in 1953.
In 1956, Frank and Mary moved to Circle City after purchasing the Yukon Trading Post from Wilbur Jewel. The next 21 years slipped by quickly, raising their three children, Vicky, Sandy and Bobby. Much time was spent with friends, trapping, hauling water from the river and cutting wood to keep three stoves burning. After their fourth child, Brit, arrived, they realized it was time to retire, so in 1977 they sold the Trading Post and moved to Central.
Frank spent many of his "retirement" years building roads, then eventually started mining for gold on Crooked Creek in 1984. In 1991, Frank finally decided it was time to really retire, so they sold the mine and settled in Fairbanks, where they had already been spending many winters. No matter where they lived or what he did for a living, Frank worked hard and was a good provider for his family. Frank enjoyed flying and owned many airplanes over the years, often flying to out of the way places to hunt and fish with friends. He enjoyed life and was always active, hard working and playful, even as the years aged him.
Many of the more recent winters were spent by Frank and Mary in their motorhome, "tooling around" the Arizona area. He led a full life and left his family and friends with many cherished memories.
Frank is survived by his devoted wife, Mary; children, Vicki and husband Dick, Tim and wife Becky, Brit and husband Kevin; grandchildren, Fred and wife Amie, Mike, Shelley, Morgan, Kelly, Matthew and Orion; and great grandsons, Riley and Corbin, as well as brother, Jim, sisters and brothers in law, Judy and Dick Seiler, and Virginia Boyce of Florida, and Edward O'Leary of Fairbanks.
Franks wish was for no memorial service. This summer the family will simply be spreading his ashes to the winds, allowing him one last flight over Eagle Summit, where he will join two of his children, Bobby and Sandy, and granddaughter Misti Blu, as well as other family members.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 19, 2012.
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March 29, 2012
Mary and Family, I am sorry to hear of Franks passing. I am lucky to have known Frank. May he rest in peace. The Lutomski Family
Paul Lutomski
March 28, 2012
Mary, Brit & family, We are saddened to read about Frank. The years we spent on Crooked Creek were great ones with lots of memories. Our sincere sympathy goes out to you.
Paul & Joni Manuel
March 24, 2012
He was a great person that I enjoyed being around.
George Hiller
March 22, 2012
Mary, I have fond memeories of growing up in Central, riding horses with Sandy, Carol and Colleen. Life was grand. I will always remember the great gatherings at the cabins filled with miners, laughter, feasting and dance. Good times had by all. Thanks for the memories.
Sheryl Sharp-DeBoard
March 22, 2012
Mary--so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was a friend and one of the folks who got things done. I always recall good times in Circle City at the Trading Post. He will be missed by many!
Carl Jeglum
March 22, 2012
Aunt Mary and family - so sorry for the loss of Uncle Bud. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Karin (Virginia Boyce's oldest daughter)
Karin Karge
March 22, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Mary. You and Bud are great people and I looked forward to your visits to Florida. I love you both.
Richard Seiler Jr.
March 21, 2012
Aunt Mary I am so sorry , He was a great man and as Eric said, He was a very interesting man and touched so many lives. He will be greatly missed. Many XOXOXO sent your way.
Megan Haller
March 21, 2012
Mary and family. Sorry to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of flying for Wien's and taking the mail to Circle City.
Paul Haggland
March 20, 2012
Jeffrey Haskin
March 20, 2012
My prayers are with your family.
Peggy Cordell
March 20, 2012
Uncle Bud was one of the most interesting people that I've ever known. I am so glad that we were able to make it to Alaska in 2004. Him and Mary opened their homes and actually their state to us and showed us the time of our lives. We love you Bud and Mary and Bud will be greatly missed by Ellen & I. Mary, our thoughts are with you right now and always.
ERIC SEILER
March 19, 2012
Frank gave us years of happy memories and brought us so much laughter and joy, we will miss him terribly. Our hearts are with the whole family.
Skip and Ann
March 19, 2012
We were very sorry to learn of Frank's passing and send our deepest condolences to Mary, Vicki, Britt, and all of the rest of the family. All our love and prayers are with you at this time.....Rosie and Bob
ROSIE and BOB STEEL
March 19, 2012
I'M SO GLAD I GOT TO KNOW YOU MARY AND (BUD) FRANK. HAVE THE BEST MEMORIES OF US AND WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THE TIME WE WERE TOGETHER. LOVE TO ALL, JUDY
March 19, 2012
Frank was a true gentleman and I'm proud to have known him.
Kenneth Kendall
March 19, 2012
Deeply saddened to read of Franks passing. My sincere condolences to his wife and family
Dennis Wilfer
March 19, 2012
Fly high uncle. Rest in peace. We loved you and you shall be missed. Danny O'Leary Family
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