Robert E. Frank

Sep 8, 2016 From Staff

Robert E. Frank of Riverton died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. He was 90.

Cremation will take place, and a memorial service will be held in Corydon Cemetery, Pennsylvania, at a later date, where his ashes will be buried with his wife.

Robert Edward Frank was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Onoville, New York, on the Allegany Indian Reservation, to Edward George and Myrtle Mae (Hunsinger) Frank.

He grew up in Onoville, attending grade school in a one room school near Peter's Creek. He graduated from Randolph Central School in Randolph, New York.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 7th Armored Division in Germany in the Battle of the Bulge.

He married Marilyn Ruth Putnam on Sept. 9, 1947 in Portville, N.Y. The couple had four children.

As a young man Mr. Frank worked on the railroad.

He was a heavy equipment mechanic the majority of his life in highway construction, gravel pits, logging and, locally, for Dry Creek of Riverton.

He moved to Riverton, Wyoming in 1992 with his wife. They lived the majority of their life near Onoville, N.Y.

His family said he loved working as a mechanic, loved racing stock cars when he was young, especially his 33X Ford, and working on cars, trucks, and engines.

He was a life member of the NRA which he believed in very strongly.

He participated in snow snake throwing competitions on the Seneca Indian Reservation.

Robert Frank is survived by two sons, Ward Frank and wife Cindy of California, Maryland, Lenard Frank and wife Maggie of Franklin, Tennessee; two daughters, Susan and husband Gordon Bush of Riverton, and Ann and husband Bob Weaver of Randolph, New York; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Naomi and husband Rod Hudson of Florida; cousin Larry "Swab" Frank of Steamburg, New York; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, in 2004; his parents, Edward G. and Myrtle Frank; brother Richard Frank and sister Leona Bunker.

Memorials may be made to NRA in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501 (

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