Roy R. Frank, 76

Roy R. Frank
July 1, 1935 – January 22, 2012

Roy R. Frank, 76, of Paynesville died at his home on Sunday morning, January 22, 2012.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.  Burial will be at a later date.  A gathering of friends and family will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, from 4-8:00 pm at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Roy Rolland Frank was born on July 1, 1935, in Redwood County, Minnesota, the son of Victor and Ellen (Fell) Frank.  At age 11 his family moved to Paynesville.  Roy graduated from Paynesville High School as salutatorian with the class of 1953.  After high school Roy farmed on the family farm until 1956.  He then worked as a carpenter and served in the National Guard.

On October 2, 1959, Roy was united in marriage to Ramona Schmidt at First Evangelical United Brethren Church in Paynesville.  This union was blessed with a daughter and a son.  Roy and Ramona lived in Paynesville where Roy worked for Paynesville produce from 1958-1967.  In 1967 Roy began farming and in 1970 he and Ramona purchased their farm in the Zion Township.  Roy took great pride in his farm and his equipment.  He continued to farm until 2002 when he retired.  In 2004 he and Ramona moved to their retirement home in rural Paynesville.

Roy was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville.  He was active there on the Host Committee and enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen at social events.  After his retirement Roy enjoyed traveling and stopping at historical sites along the way, visiting with friends and family, and going for walks.  Roy was a good farmer.  He was an excellent steward of his land and humanly cared for the animals the Lord entrusted him with.  He expected the best from himself and is known as an honest hard working man who loved his wife and family.

Roy R. Frank passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at his home at the age of 76.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ramona; son Donald (Vicky) Frank of Paynesville; daughter, Judy (Michael) Schultz of Moorhead; grandchildren, Kari (Scott) Schaefer of Payneville, Ryan (Erin) Frank of Paynesville, Eric (Brittany) Frank of Hawick, Joe Schultz (Fiancee’ Marissa Knutzen) of Dilworth, Christine Schultz (special friend Jeremi Marten) of Duluth; great grandchildren, Levi, Raycer, Elexa, Rilynne, and Grady.  He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce (Albert) Moore, of Flandreau, SD, Lois Snyder of Long Prairie, and Ruby (Les) Snyder of Paynesville.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vern and Glen; and sister, Jean Beier.

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