Harold Frank Sr.

Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Juneau and former Angoon and Sitka resident Harold Frank Sr. died due to health complications on Jan. 13, 2009, at Helping Hands Assisted Living Facility in Anchorage. He was 74.

Born May 5, 1934, in Angoon, to Albert Frank Sr. and Daisy (Johnson) Frank, his Tlingit name was Wud La.aan. He was of the Kaagwaantann Clan of the Eagle Nest House.

He attended school in Angoon and Mount Edgecumbe and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953. He served during the Korean conflict at Fort Richardson in Anchorage and was discharged in 1956.

He briefly returned to Angoon and then went on to attend the Tacoma Vocational Training School in Tacoma, Wash., from 1963-65. He relocated to California for work from 1965 to 1967, at which time he returned to Angoon.

He moved to Sitka in 1968 to work at the Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co. from 1965-85. He trained as a journeyman electrician during his time at the mill. After the mill closed, he returned to Angoon, where he lived until 1995, to work as the maintenance supervisor for the Chatham School District. He retired in 1995.

For health reasons, he moved to Juneau in 2000, where he lived until 2007, when he was accepted at the Helping Hands facility until his passing.

He married Sophie (Gamble) Frank on Oct. 10, 1956, and they were married for 52 years. They had four children and adopted Dawn P. Frank in 1991.

His family members remember him as a committed family man who loved God. He raised his family in church and tried to teach them sound economic values, they said. He was very involved in the church, no matter what town he lived in.

Family and friends also remember him as an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish and was very proud when he won the Sitka Salmon Derby in 1985 with a 62-pound king salmon. He also loved hunting. When he was able, he would "run up" a mountain so he could get a big deer, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Albert Frank Jr., Mabel Frank, Kenneth Frank, Charles Frank, Virginia Frank and Gertrude Demmert.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Harold Jr. and Roger Frank; daughters, Johanna and Y. Rebecca Frank and husband, Jim Anderson, and their children.

A combined memorial and funeral service was held Jan. 16 at the Glacier Valley Church of God. A funeral and graveside service and burial was held Jan. 19 at the National Cemetery in Sitka.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Wally Frank Jr., Albert Frank III, Alfred Paul, Earl McKinley, Sam Westika, Larry Paul, George Paul, Delbert Kanosh and William Kanosh Jr., all from Juneau, Sitka and Angoon.

Honorary pallbearers were close relatives from Juneau, SItka and Angoon.

Memorials and remembrances may be sent to Y. Rebecca Frank, 4320 Mendenhall Blvd., Juneau, AK 99801; 907-789-0952.

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