Francis “Frank” Philip Cashen


Francis “Frank” Philip Cashen died Nov. 13, 2011 in Juneau. He was 87.

Cashen and his identical twin brother Harry were born Sept. 5, 1924 to Thomas and Sadie (King) Cashen, and were raised in Douglas with older siblings Frances, Tom, Cece, John, Bill and Gerald.

Frank and Harry attended Douglas High School, graduating in 1942. They joined the U.S. Army and were stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. They then attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Frank married Irene Olsen Aug. 21, 1948, at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

Frank worked at the Piggly Wiggly as a grocery clerk, as a volunteer fireman and eventually for the state of Alaska departments of Labor, Fish & Game, and Marine Transportation in various accounting and administrative officer positions. He retired from the state in 1976 and opened Cashen Quarters, a small hotel. Frank retired permanently in the early 1990s.

He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, by his son Philip, and grandson Tim.

He is survived by his wife Irene, his wife of 63 years; daughters Kirsten (Gary) Waid of Juneau and Rebecca O’Reilly of Mill Creek, Wash.; sons Raymond (Cori) of Tucson, Ariz., Daniel (Danielle), Nicholas (Karen), Robert and Joseph, all of Juneau; and many other family members.

A Mass celebrating his life will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Cathedral of the Nativity, 416 Fifth St., followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Treadwell Room at the Baranof Hotel, 127 N. Franklin St. All are invited.


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