Lee H. Frank Sr., 82, of Independence, IA died on Friday July 19, 2019 at his home in Independence, IA.
He was born on July 25, 1936 in Independence, IA the son of Barger L. and Pauline A. (Bickenbaugh) Frank. He was a 1955 graduate of Jefferson High School, Independence, IA, in 1955 he joined the United States Navy and served proudly until his honorable discharge in 1959. When he returned from the Navy, he attended Gates Business College in Waterloo, IA and received a degree in business. He was united in marriage to Kaaren L. Overland at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence in 1962. For many years Lee owned and operated Franks’ Men’s Clothing Store and the Old Mill, a café and ice cream parlor, in Independence, IA. In the early 1970’s the family moved to Greeley, CO where he bought and operated West View Liquors. They later moved to Rogers, AR, where Lee ran a land development company. In the late 1980’s Lee moved back to Independence to help care for his parents.
He loved spending time outside. Golfing, hunting, and fishing were his passions. Every year he would travel to his cabin in Canada to go fishing. Lee also was an avid collector of many things, including Indian artifacts, knives and coins. His grandchildren where important to him and mentored them in all of his hobbies and collections.
Lee was known for his gift of storytelling and was able to entertain friends and family for hours. His laughter and sense of humor will be missed by all those that knew him.
Lee is survived by his former wife, Kaaren (Walter) Scorobogaty, Surprise, AZ, his children; Carrie L. (Timothy T.) Brown, La Crescenta, CA, and Lee Frank Jr., Independence, IA, five grandchildren, a great grandchild, and a brother, Paul Frank, Phoenix, AZ.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Barger and Pauline Frank, and a brother, Barger “Babe” Frank Jr.
A private family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Friends may send Memorials to the Lee H. Frank Sr. Family % Reiff Family Center 216 3rd Ave SE Independence, IA 50644