Frank Joseph Kumor
1949 - 2020
BORN
1949
DIED
2020
Kumor, Frank Joseph

November 27, 1949 - December 4, 2020

Frank grew up on a farm west of North Platte, NE. He got his start in the jewelry and watch repair business when he was still in High School. Through a 4-H program, he was hired by North Platte's local jeweler, Bonny Jurado, to wash the windows and engrave trophies. He began to learn the ins and outs of jewelry and pursued this passion after his High School graduation by enrolling in classes at a watchmaking and jewelry repair school in Kansas City. He got more than he bargained for, as this is where he met and fell in love with his first wife, Peggy. (Often referred to as his "Kansas City Kitty"). They were married on May 1, 1970.

This was during the Vietnam era, and Frank completed his Air Force Basic Training in August 1970 at Lackland Air Force Base. In December of 1970, he was certified as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist in turbo-prop aircraft. Visits to the SAC Aerospace Museum could result in hours of storytelling. At one point in his Air Force career, he could identify every aircraft in service at that time by the sound of the engine alone.

After his Air Force Service was completed, he finished his watch repair and jewelry training. Upon graduation he was hired by Erwin Dreibus to work at Erwin's Jewelry in Bellevue. Frank, Peggy, and their young son Brent moved to Bellevue in 1975, and it was there they completed their family, adding Rebecca, Joe, Elizabeth, Ben, John and Andrew. Frank's participation in the community increased along with the size of his family.

When Frank assumed ownership of Erwin's in 1989 after Erwin's retirement, his investment in the community grew. It's difficult to think of a civic organization in Bellevue that Frank did not participate in, but he contributed significantly as part of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, the Olde Towne Task Force, and served as President of the Olde Town Merchant's Association. Frank's impact included Offutt AFB, where his support was especially felt in the 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, where he served as the Co-Commander for 15 years.

He was part of everything, from organizing the Christmas light displays, to making sure the trash cans along Mission Avenue were emptied.

Peggy died in 1998, and while she couldn't be replaced, Frank was lucky enough to meet one special woman who brought a new joy into his life, and he and Pat were married on March 11, 2001. Pat's two children, David and Kim, made family gatherings complete.

Frank was elected to the Bellevue Public School Board, and continued his public service. By this time he was selling wedding rings to children of parents who had bought their wedding rings from Frank in the 70's. It seems everyone in Bellevue who walked into Erwin's Jewelry has a story about Frank and his easy ability to connect with everyone and put them at ease. He believed in giving back to the community that had given him so much. He will be missed.

Frank is survived by siblings, Neil and Carol; his wife Pat; seven children: Brent Kumor (Charlie Brown), Rebecca Zurcher (Donnie), Joe Kumor (Vanessa), Elizabeth Williams (Joe), Ben Kumor (Stephanie), John Kumor (Jessica), and Andrew Kumor (Brittanie); two step-children, Kim Godinez (Frank) and David Whisinnand (Becky); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Frank and Arlene; his sister, Loretta; and his first wife, Peggy.

Private Funeral Service following CDC guidelines will be on Tuesday, December 8, at 10am at the Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel. Only immediate family will be present at the Service.

To view the live broadcast of the Service, go to the website below and click the link on the Kumor obituary.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests either the Frank Kumor Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Sarpy County Museum, or the Bellevue Food Pantry just as Frank would.

Private Interment will be in Bellevue Cemetery, with Military Honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard and American Legion Post #331.

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Published by Omaha World-Herald on Dec. 7, 2020.
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Frank was one of those special souls who positively impacted everyone who had the privilege to know him. He was our dear friend, fellow Air Force veteran and brother in Christ. He will definitely be missed by Cordelia and me and our hearts go out to all his family. But it's comforting to know that one day in the future, we'll all be together again in Heaven where Frank and Peggy are now enjoying a blessed reunion.
Doug & Cordelia Kendall
February 9, 2021
I have known Frank for many, many years. My mother had an antique shop just a couple of doors down from Erwin's Jewelry when I was in high school. I have run into Frank several times over the years, most recently last summer when a friend from HS visited and needed a ring polished. I took him to Erwin's where Frank polished it right then, for no charge. Frank was a man of honesty, integrity, and kindness. I count him as a friend. He will be missed. Meg Blair
Meg Blair
Friend
December 11, 2020
For many years I visited Frank at the shop. He was, as many others have noted, a very kind and generous man. He was forthright in his dealings with folks and even though I have been gone from Bellevue for almost 50 years, I always made it a point to stop in to see Frank. My condolences to his family and to the people of Bellevue. We have lost an outstanding citizen and a corporate leader in our small community. God Bless You, Frank
Greg Crnkovich
Acquaintance
December 9, 2020
I will miss you, Rosie
Rosie Melichar
December 8, 2020
Thank you for your Service May you be Granted Golden Wings to carry you on your journey to a Restful Peace
Francis Durham VFW Dist 10 Chaplain
December 8, 2020
He made my 1st pair of pearl earrings for me in 1981, and was a good neighbor to my parents for many years.
Sharon (Peterson) Stroh
December 8, 2020
Frank was a wonderful man. Always so kind when I went into the store. He will be missed so much in Bellevue.
Connie Golden
December 8, 2020
Very nice service for a wonderful man. Thank you Pat & family for sharing him with all of us in life and in his passing. Deepest condolences sent and many continued prayers going up.
Kam, Marla & Jaime @ KW CPA, L.L.P.
Acquaintance
December 8, 2020
In memory of “Frankie” and his family may you have great memories of your loved one.
Marie Gertsch
Acquaintance
December 8, 2020
I would like to extend my love and sympathy to the family and friends of Frank. I went to school with his oldest, Brent, and my family shopped at Erwin's for over 30 years. I can't express my sorrow for his loss. He was always a friendly smile and a becon of light.
Kara Heckeroth
December 8, 2020
I just wanted to express my condolences to Frank’s family. I knew Frank for many years. I think it was in 1975 when I was graduating high school in Bellevue when I first met him.

He helped me through the years with fixing sentimental pieces of jewelry. I could always talk to him about anything. He was a very thoughtful and giving person.

He is definitely going to be missed!
Kathy Adams
Friend
December 8, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Frank. He was one of the kindest, most friendliest, helpful and giving souls we have ever met. Frank is going to be missed so much! He has given us so many wonderful memories, he will never be forgotten. We will miss his happy face with his warm smile. We are sad for us but happy for Heaven! God Bless You, Frank and all your loved ones! Michael & Sue Reinert And family
Sue Reinert
December 7, 2020
Family is in our thoughts and prayers He did our wedding band in 1978
David and Beatrice Britton
December 7, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Frank was an amazing person. The Bellevue community has lost a great man. He will be missed.

Shantel Phillips
Bellevues olde towne barber and beauty
Shantel Phillips
Acquaintance
December 7, 2020
A great jeweler/friend and community service champion. You will truly be missed. Sincerely, Tracy Brown-Rowe and Family
Tracy Brown-Rowe
December 7, 2020
Frank has been our family jeweler for over 20 years. We have always admired his talent and professionalism with his business. But he was most remarkable with his ability to mix business with friendship. His ability to make you feel like you were visiting a friend who happened to know a lot about jewelry was uncanny. We never felt like we were going to a jewelry store, it was always a visit to Frank, and he always sent us out the door thrilled with our purchase or a fixed up gem we brought in broken. He treated our special items like one of a kind, and only fitting, because Frank was one of a kind. Our condolences to you all who are going to miss this precious man as we will. God bless you Frank, God will have an amazing jeweler from this moment forward.
The Georges
December 7, 2020
So sorry for your loss. We knew Frank very well and he will be a great loss. Our prayers go out to the entire family.
Jim and Claudia Morgia
December 7, 2020
Frank left an indelible memory on those he met. I was so privileged to spend many hours with him at military events on Offutt AFB. His aunt, Ursuline Sr Cashmere, was my favorite teacher in N Platte Catholic Schools. She taught 5th and 6th grades. It was wonderful to connect with him when I was stationed at Offutt. May God send legions of angels to comfort his family at this painful time, and crowd their hearts with good memories until they are all together again. My deepest condolences to you all.
Deb Bertrand
December 7, 2020
Our prayers go out to all of the family and friends of a wonderful man.
Daryl and Karen Blankenship
December 7, 2020
We're so sorry to hear! May God bless your family during this time to comfort you! Jackie Mahr, KCRO and Boomer Radio.
Jackie Mahr
Friend
December 7, 2020
Prayers to the family. Frank will truly be missed, he treated everyone like a close friend.
Dolly Pesek
December 7, 2020
Such a loss for Bellevue. Our deepest condolences to your family.
DI KORENOSKI
December 7, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Frank's passing. He was a super caring person and was always upbeat and liked to talk about Nebraska Football. We have known Frank over 35 years and will miss his kindness and expertise as he was a true gentleman and a great asset to the entire community of this metro area and beyond. May the family find a positive light in the road ahead, just like Frank would want them to do. Rest in peace my friend and know that you will be sorely missed.
RICK ATWOOD
December 7, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to Frank´s Wonderful Family and Friends. I did a lot of Business over 40 years with Frank, but every-time I made the trip from St Louis, I always felt like I was going up to see my Best Friend , and happen to do business ! I wish so bad that I could be there Tuesday. I´ll miss my Friend, Frank # 1
Frank Chew
December 7, 2020
Too many stories and wonderful memories of Frank to mention. He was kind, generous, humble and honest to everyone. He always remembered your name. Conversation flowed effortlessly from Frank, and he and Pat were so perfect together. We will miss him. Bellevue will miss him. To all of his wonderful family, our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Tom and Donna Sigman
December 7, 2020
Olde Towne / Mission Street will not be the same without you. Your family and friends will be in my prayers.
Judy Ward
December 7, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Always Mr. Kumor to us, Frank was truly a Bellevue icon. He is already missed.
Bill and Kathy Richt
December 7, 2020
My father and mother thought very highly of Frank as we. We have known Frank and Peggy since Faye Blvd, now Heritage Hill Church of the Nazarene. They were such a blessing to our families. Many memories were formed and continue today. God be with you and give you peace. His Legacy lives on.
Larry and Sheila (Hansen) Putnam
December 7, 2020
We are truly sadden by Frank´s passing. May God give you peace and comfort as he wraps his arms around each of you.
Wayne and Andi Lemm
December 7, 2020
Words cannot express our sadness. May loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.
Steve and Dawn Dennis
December 7, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the Extended Kumor family! Frank sounds like and must have been an amazing man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim & Allie Saunders and Family
December 7, 2020