LeRoy Donald Frank, 90, Gering

LeRoy Donald Frank, 90, of Gering, went to be with the Lord after a long illness on Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013, Bethel Baptist Church in Scottsbluff with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made out to Bethel Baptist Church. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com.

LeRoy was born to the late Gottlieb and Caroline (Voght) Frank on November 28, 1922, near Bushnell, Nebraska. LeRoy graduated from Bushnell High School in 1941, and served in the United States Army during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He married Inez Blanche Vernon in 1949, and they spent the majority of their married life in Scottsbluff, before relocating to Gering in 2005.

LeRoy's career encompassed a variety of farm-related industries. He worked for Lockwood Manufacturing and Great Western Sugar Company for many years while also operating a part-time farm implement business of his own, on the side. His farm implement business, Frank's Link, became his full-time interest in 1986, along with the management of a small farm near the old Haig schoolhouse. LeRoy's entrepreneurial skills maintained the operation of both these successful business interests well into his 80's.

LeRoy was an active member, teacher and served as a deacon for many years at Bethel Baptist Church in Scottsbluff. His favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting, sharing his faith, and watching Nebraska Cornhusker football games. His family will always look forward to the time they will rejoin him in heaven.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Inez of 64 years; daughters, Melody (Doug) Leafgreen of Gering , and Yvette Frank of Leawood, Kansas; son, Carter (Lorraine) Frank of Brandywine, Maryland; grandchildren, Toby (Robin) Leafgreen, Nicole (Jonathan) Hoesch, Christopher Novacek, Desiree (Danny) Mapes, Ryan (Emily) Frank, Kevin (Allison) Frank, Joshua (Amber) Novacek, and Kelsey Frank; 8 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Barkell.

Preceding him in death are his parents, four brothers and seven sisters.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to caregivers Leonor Jimenez, Jessica Scott, Ruth Miller, Brooke Scott, and Lacey Fleenor; and special friends, Bill Moore Sr., Pablo Jimenez Sr., and Prairie Haven Hospice.

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