Ernest “Ernie” Frank

Ernest “Ernie” Frank, 70, of Bowman, N.D., formerly of Hettinger and New England, N.D. passed away April 25, 2013 at West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger.

Ernest "Ernie" Frank
Ernest “Ernie” Frank

Published May 2, 2013

The Herald

Mass of Christian Burial for “Ernie” Frank, was held April 30, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New England, N.D. Fr. Biju Chitteth officiated and burial followed at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in New England. Readers were Brandon Frank and Peyton Frank. Serving as casketbearers were Shawn Frank, Jeff Frank, Jared Frank, Mark Frank, Brandon Frank and Bryant Frank. Honorary casketbearers were Alexis Frank, Brittany Frank, Peyton Frank and Delaney Frank.

Ernest “Ernie” George Frank, was born April 23, 1943 in Dickinson, N. D. the fourth of seven children born to Frank S. and Rose (Hagel) Frank. He grew up on a farm outside New England and graduated from New England St Mary’s High School in 1961.

In 1963, Ernie met Judy Baker of Hettinger, N.D. at a dance in nearby Gascoyne, N.D. They were married Nov. 28, 1964 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger where they started their family. They were blessed with four sons, Rick, Terry, Larry, and Steve and one daughter Tammi.

Ernie worked as an automotive mechanic for West River Motors for many years and later owned and operated a local service and gas station. In 1984 he moved to Bowman, N.D. where he was employed as a mechanic and tire specialist at Northwest Tire until his retirement. He kept busy during his retirement years working for the City of Bowman over the spring and summer months until his passing.

Ernie enjoyed family fishing trips, demolition derbies, playing cards and watching football and basketball. Despite continual harassment from his children, he remained an avid Denver Broncos fan. He was most proud of his children and grandchildren and cherished watching them compete in their many sporting events. Even though he was a man of few words, he summarized his life best in his final words, “I am a very lucky man to have you great kids.”

He is survived by brothers Edward (Marge) Frank of Lincoln, N.D.; Willie Frank of Hettinger, N.D.; David Frank of New England, N.D. and Aaron Frank of Dickinson, N.D.; sister Josephine Wosepka of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Rick (Melody) Frank of Frederick, Colo.; Terry (Stacey) Frank of Greeley, Colo.; Larry (Lynette) Frank of Frederick, Colo. and Steve (Gena) Frank of Aurora, Colo. and daughter Tammi (Mike) Stevens of Aurora, Colo.; grandchildren Brandon, Bryant, Alexis, Brittany, Peyton and Delaney Frank all of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Albert Frank.

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