My pal Frank

Frank Trask
My friend, Frank
Who ever would have guessed that carrying an elderly gentlemen’s dinner plate almost 20 years ago would lead to a wonderful friendship?

That was the case with Frank Trask and me.

Jesup Community Schools used to invite senior citizens into the school for a monthly lunch. Students were selected to help assist seniors with their trays to their seats. You would chit-chat a bit with the community member and that was usually it. Various groups would rotate as entertainment. Over time I connected with a man named Frank Trask.

He was working at Parker Funeral Home in Jesup when we met. He helped plan funerals and comfort those in a time of loss. It seemed a perfect fit. But this was Frank’s “retirement” job. He’d already worked a variety of jobs in his lifetime. He even was in the Lion’s Club, so he got to know my father as well.

I would soon leave for college and my work career. But each time I moved, I informed Frank of my move and what I was up to at that time. We did stay in touch and I would talk a bit. Frank also got to know my youngest sister Kris, but then again, who doesn’t she connect with?

Even this past Christmas, Frank called the house, wanting to talk to Kris and myself. He wanted to check in and see how we were doing.

Frank died Sunday at the age of 97.
He was a great man. He was kind, gentle and had a very tender heart.
He’s survived by his wife Lucille, of 70 years.

His official obituary is posted below as it was posted on Kearns Funeral Service in Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

Franklin H. B. “Frank” Trask, age 97, of Waterloo and formerly of Evansdale and Jesup, died Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

Frank was born May 4, 1913 in Atchison Kansas, the son of Charles Walter and Pearl Rose (Jones) Trask. He was united in marriage with Lucile M. Hyde on September 30, 1939 in Waterloo.

Frank worked for the WCF & N Railroad for 12 years; McGowan’s Dry Cleaning for 11 years and also worked as a parking ramp attendant for the City of Waterloo for 9 years, retiring in 1975. Frank then served as the resident manager for Parker Funeral Chapel in Jesup for fifteen years.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Lucile of Waterloo; a daughter, Marilyn
(Joe) Benhoff of Evansdale; a son, James (E. Marie) Trask of Cedar Falls, IA; 7 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandsons; two brothers, Bill Trask of Oceanville, NJ and Jerry Damon of Duarte, CA.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters, Esther Trask in infancy, Virginia Petersen, Marie Carter and Rachel Long; and 3 brothers, James, Art and Earl Trask.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel in Waterloo and after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the Church.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1024 W. 8th Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50701 or Cedar Valley Hospice, PO Box 2880, Waterloo, Iowa 50704.

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