Frank S. Lopke
1936 - 2021
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Frank S. Lopke

Apalachin - Frank S. Lopke, 84, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2021 after a very brief illness due to complications from Covid-19. He was born on May 13, 1936 to Frank Sr. and Mary Lopke, on the family farm in Apalachin, NY, where he lived his entire life.

He was predeceased by his parents, his parents-in-law, Donald and Estella Watkins, brother in-law Raymond Watkins, and dear friend Paul Laszko.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Barbara A. Lopke, and four daughters, Judith and Christopher Brown, Anne and Michael Trivisonno, Mary Ann and Steve Gregg, and Betsi Lopke (Woody). One of his greatest joys was his grandchildren, of whom he was so proud of: Jessica (Joseph), Kaitlin (Mark), Katherine (Nicholas), Ryan (Stacey), Cody (Gina), Amanda (Phillip), Nicholas (Kendal), Stanley (Karlie), and Madlyn (Paulie). Frank cherished his great grandchildren Lily, Lia, Nora, Luna, Hudson, Hayden, Natalee, Makenna, Steven, Estella, Tobin, Macy, and Sawyer.

Frank was a brilliant and complicated man. At an early age on the farm he became interested in machinery and race cars. Racing his number 44 car at Glen Aubrey, Shangri La, and Five Mile Point Speedway brought him great enjoyment. He was one of the original greatest racers at Five Mile Point. Asked by his father to join the family's second generation farm, he chose instead to purchase his first dump truck. Frank discovered his entrepreneurial spirit and started on a path of many successful business ventures with his wife Barbara. In the early years he provided for his family through enormous sacrifice working long hours many days. Adding a second truck and more trucks over the years his first company F.S. Lopke Contracting Inc. was started. Today with over a 50 truck fleet, distinctively colored green with the slogan "We Rock The Southern Tier", his company proudly serves customers across the area. In the early 1980s Frank began rock and aggregate crushing with the first plant in Lounsberry, NY, and with the acquisition of several locations in Broome and Tioga Counties there are now fourteen plant operations locally. Later, Lopke Quarries Inc. was formed and specializes in contract crushing up and down the east coast and has done business in 10 states. In the early 1990s the Birchardville, PA location was acquired, the first site where stone was blasted, allowing the expansion of product types. In the late 1990s, with a keen business sense and always one to see an opportunity, Frank acquired a plant in Las Vegas, Nevada which became Lopke Granite Products. This acquisition was instrumental in the business growth he sought. Through his leadership and with over 200 valued employees, Lopke is one of the top sand and gravel producing companies in the United States. To complement Franks trucking and aggregate business, along with a partner, ZMK Construction Inc. was established offering excavating and site development. He was proud that his stone products were part of many major construction, blacktop, and concrete projects in the area. Throughout the years, he belonged to numerous organizations pertaining to the construction industry. Never retiring, he remained involved with daily business activity until 10 days before his passing. Frank leaves behind a company that only he could have built, but his influence will be long-lasting and his spirit will forever be the foundation of the Lopke Companies.

Of all Franks accomplishments, he was most proud of his family and enjoyed his time with them above all else. When asked about his daughters he would laugh and say "well they didn't go far, they all live next to me on the hill" (The fourth generation on the family farm.) Frank enjoyed a good picnic and loved grilling up some steaks while talking with everyone. He loved animals and none would want for comfort or hunger while he had a say in the matter. He enjoyed traveling and always kept a road atlas handy in his truck and at home. Family vacations always included a visit to a gravel pit. If you were headed out on a trip he would ask "Which way are you going?" and knew all the best routes to take you there faster. He enjoyed listening to polkas on Sundays; his favorites were the Fritz's Band and Jimmy Sturr.

Frank was a generous man, always offering assistance. Countless people and organizations have benefited from his kindness and generosity in the community. His philanthropy was directed to those in need.

He took wonderful care of his wife Barbara and she will miss him greatly. His family's appreciation and love will never fade… We love you Dad.

There will be a private Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal NY. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City, NY. If you wish, contributions may be made to the Apalachin Fire Department or Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry, 801 Main Street, Vestal, NY.






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February 21, 2021
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I will never forget all the times that he would take us to the mall, movies, and concerts. Driving us home in snow storms never complaining and always making a stop to make sure we had something to eat along the way. What a great husband, father and friend that will be missed by many. I wish your family peace and know that he will always be your angel watching over you.
Cathy Waite
Friend
February 18, 2021
RiP My Friend . Attached is a photo of the LOPKE TRUCKS in Apalachin . A LIFE WELL LIVED and a JOB WELL DONE !!!! . Soar with the Eagles FRANK .
David G. Boland
Friend
February 13, 2021
Sorry for your Loss. My sincere Condolences coming your way from the other Barbara Lopke (Don's Lopke's wife)
Barbara Lopke
Family
February 11, 2021
I am just so saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. I remember him being on the phone in his home office constantly handling his business, or sitting in his comfy living room chair reading the paper. He was so kind and caring with his family, and welcomed anyone who came into his home. I was so fortunate to go sledding and ride the snowmobiles with Mary and her sisters, and then warming ourselves in front of a toasty fire when we came inside. Frank was always there making sure everyone was happy and safe. Frank allowed Mary and I to ride along on a business trip with him once to Virginia. We stayed overnight. Frank got Mary and I our own hotel room which ended up with a leaky waterbed. He knew it wasn’t our fault and handled it without one stern word to us. He was like that. Super cool, so relaxed and honest. He took me along with the family to the State Fair once, too, making sure that Mary and I had all the fun we could with food, rides, shows and games. He was just so generous. Thank you, Frank, for all those special times you made happen for me. My warmest and deepest condolences to Mary & Steve, Barbara, Judy, Ann, Betsy and families. Your father and husband will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace, dear Frank.
Gail (& Kenny) Gilchrist
Friend
February 9, 2021
I remember him as Judy’s Dad. I was good friends with her in the 70’s and always enjoyed going over to their house. He was so tall (or I was short) and towered over us. But, he was always smiling. I remember how much he loved his girls. He will be missed. Sending prayers.
Kathy (Krysinski) Bernatzky
Friend
February 7, 2021
To Franks family . Frank was a gentle giant a hulk of a man who loved life, his family. Employees,and his community. I first knew who Frank was as a young boy my brother and I watched Frank race at Shangri-la Speedway from a big ole maple tree in turn 3 . One Sunday afternoon while in the tree my brother screamed out look out here comes Frank Lopke . Sure enough he flew off the track right by us in the tree . GOOSEBUMPS I will tell you for sure.
So after that I always wanted to meet Frank. I was unable to meet him at the track because we were too poor to afford a ticket into the track . It was well into my adulthood that I finally got to meet Frank .So many times when you meet a childhood hero your dissapointed but that was not the case with Frank . He remembered see us kids
in the tree when he went flying by . I was thrilled that he remembered seeing us .
In those racing days I think he had one truck. I always waved to him when he would go thru the Village of Owego
in his dump truck . I once asked him how he got so big and had so many trucks with big smile and laugh he said
"I do not know." I always have had good people working for me . RIP Frank
David Boland
Friend
February 6, 2021
Judy & Family,
May God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow. Your Father was truly a special person.
Jirina Shupp
Coworker
February 5, 2021
Deepest sympathy to Judy Brown and her entire family and the Locke workers. I'm so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the hands of our Lord to ease your pain.
Linda Gehm
Coworker
February 5, 2021
My sincere condolences go out to Frank’s family. It was an honor working with him in regard to Frank’s devotion and generosity in helping to build the new Our Lady of Sorrows church. May God bless his soul.
Matt Szeliga
Friend
February 5, 2021
To the Lopke family: I can remember Frank over 50 years ago when I was a . young kid . Frank and My father did business together and I would sit and listen sometimes for hours while they talked! I had and have the upmost respect for Frank as a business man and a person. We have lost an Icon with Frank’s passing!! Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.. John and Susan Kocak
John E and Susan Kocak
Friend
February 5, 2021
Our Sincere Condolences to the entire Frank S. Lopke Family, May He Rest In Peace in the Hands of the Lord
Michael, Diane and the Gleason Family
Michael R. Gleason
Friend
February 5, 2021
Judy , Chris and family
We are so so sorry for you all of you.
I wish I could have met Mr. Lopke but he sounds like an extremely wonderful person. So thoughtful and caring. He certainly loved his family and Mr. and Mrs. Lopke raised their girls with the same values. It’s such a tragedy to lose a loved one.
We sincerely hope God helps you all through this.
Praying for you all
Pat and Lorraine
Lorraine McAvoy
Friend
February 5, 2021
Besti, Maddie and families,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Frank was a great man and will be missed by many. May your memories help to sustain you all through this very difficult time.
Love,
Bonnie & Al Spence
Bonnie
Friend
February 4, 2021
Always loved the Green Diamond Rios, did not know frank personally, but admired the display of trucks, Frank was a giant among business men rip
Les smith
February 4, 2021
Steve and Mary Ann and all beautiful Lopke family, sincere condolences. I will be missing the casual breakfasts we have had for many years, breakfasts that could last all morning up to lunch time. Great, animated and pleasurable discussions we had on everything but particularly around his great human being values: love for his family, happiness in hard work, kindness for others, respect for traditional and spiritual values. I leaned a lot from him and connected with all his values. Great times we had.
He was a great man.
Rest in peace. God Bless.
Robert Doucet
Robert Doucet
Coworker
February 4, 2021
Barbara, So sorry for your loss... Frank was a great guy and will
be missed by all that knew him....May all the happy memories
help you thru this sad time. Memory Eternal!! Mary Buckingham
Mary Buckingham
Friend
February 4, 2021
To the Lopke Family,

Frank was a "Legendary" Man. Saddened for your loss. May he rest in God's Peace. Frank was a very generous man. The OLS Parish in Vestal sits on a solid foundation of Lopke product donated by Frank and the Lopke family.
Jim Tofte
Acquaintance
February 4, 2021
May Frank rest in peace. Frank and his family helped us at my Mom'funeral in 2013. I also remember his wife Barbara who went
to Vestal Central school at the same time as me.
He was my cousin

Ed & Karen Lopke & our Lopke family in Idaho,Texas,Ky, and Indiana
Kokomo Indiana
Ed Lopke
Family
February 4, 2021
My deepest sympathy to all of Frank’s family and friends. He was such an amazing man and leaves us all with wonderful memories. We’ll be forever grateful for his community support and especially for what he did for my family. Thank you, Sir. Rest in peace and God bless.
Penny (Brink) Short
Friend
February 4, 2021
My cousin,Frank Lopke, was a great man,great businessman, and great friend. My father,John Lopke, and mother loved visiting the Lopke family
at the farm and had many fond memories of their visits.

Judy Lopke Youse
Judy Lopke Youse
Family
February 4, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
kathy carman
Friend
February 4, 2021
Steve and Mike and your families: Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family
Angelo Gallo
Acquaintance
February 4, 2021
Frank was a great man who worked very hard to build his companies. These companies have greatly provided to the states of New York and Pennsylvania, including the DoT, Municipal, and commercial construction industries. My condolences to Frank's family and friends. Rest In Peace, Sir.
Wayne Walker, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
February 4, 2021
Condolences to Barbara and the family. He was a very successful business man. Easy to talk to and will be remembered for his kind generosity to many organizations.
May he rest in peace.
George and Carolyn Kolba/Kolba Construction
Friend
February 4, 2021
Condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe & Maureen Quartararo
Friend
February 4, 2021
Ben and I send our thoughts and prayers to the entire Lopke family.
Sheila M Corson
Friend
February 3, 2021
So sorry to all the Lopke family. We will always remember how proud and involved he was with his family and grandkids. The community lost a great man. Our deepest condolences to his close friends and family during this time of grief.
Josh, Kate (Karpel), Evelyn and Sookie Wilsey
Kate
Acquaintance
February 3, 2021
Barb and family, my condolences and prayers are with you. Frank was a awesome person and friend. He will be missed by many .
Judy Jacobs
Friend
February 3, 2021
Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my visits with him and wished there could have been more.
Jim Barry
Friend
February 3, 2021
Frank was a pillar in the community. So sorry for your loss. He will be dearly missed. Rip. Al & Jo Ann Fargnoli
Al & Jo Ann Fargnoli
Friend
February 3, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Tony Brown
Coworker
February 3, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Franks family. We have known the Lopkes for many years! Our hearts are saddened to hear of his sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jeff & Karen Hellmann
Friend
February 3, 2021
I am so saddened to hear of Franks passing.When my husband was killed he and his family was so kind to me and my family.Never will forget him coming to our house that night.Rest in peace my friend.And God comfort the family.
Mary Brink
Friend
February 3, 2021
Words will not wipe away your tears and hugs may not ease the pain, but hold onto your memories because forever they will remain! My deepest condolences!!
Shari Wallace
Friend
February 3, 2021
We are very sad to hear of Frank's passing, he was definitely a great person. Always enjoyed talking to him and listening to his travel stories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)
Jim Miller and Gail Vinson
Acquaintance
February 3, 2021
To the Lopke family;Frank was a wonderful guy. I knew him from racing at Shangri-La and 5 mile point along with my husband husband John Cederborg. Frank will be missed but I’m sure he will meet some great friends when he crosses over. They can all sit around and talk about the good old days of racing.Rest in peace Frank your work here is done.
Kathi Cederborg
Friend
February 1, 2021
So sorry for your loss; Frank and Barb were a large part of my childhood I will forever be grateful for. My sympathies are with the family.
Wendy Brown-Blodgett
Acquaintance
February 1, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. May Frank rest in peace.
Marian Pinter
Friend
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