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Wesley Frank

August 17, 1922 - September 30, 2012


1-2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 4, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Java, South Dakota.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 4, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Java, South Dakota.


Java, South Dakota.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Wesley Frank

August 17, 1922 - September 30, 2012


Wesley passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Sanford Health Palliative Care in Fargo surrounded by his family.

Wesley Forbes Frank was born on August 17, 1922, in Brookings, SD, the son of William and Bertha (Krause) Frank.  He grew up in the Java area and attended seven years at the Sunshine Highland Grade School and moved with his grandparents from the farm into Java in 1935, where he graduated from High School in 1941. Wesley proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from October of 1942 until his discharge in October of 1945. He was stationed in Europe, Africa, Italy, Brazil and Yugoslavia. After his discharge he returned to South Dakota where he served as a Volunteer Fireman, operated the Java Grand Theatre with his brother Arthur from 1947 until 1957. Wesley was united in marriage to Ruth Kurle on October 25, 1951 in Java. They made their home in Java where they raised their family. Wesley served as a City Alderman for 6 years and City Mayor for 10 years. He worked as a relief rural mail carrier for 16 years, worked as a carpenter until 1965 when he started working with the Java Equity Lumber Department, retiring in 1986. Wesley was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Java.  He enjoyed playing baseball and refereed basketball for several years.  Wesley also enjoyed dancing, fishing, playing card, puzzles, and spending time with his family and grandkids. In 2010 Wesley and Ruth moved to Fargo where they have lived since.

Wesley is survived by his loving wife, Ruth of Fargo; his son, Clyde Frank of Rapid City, SD; his daughter, Colleen (Steve) Breitbach of Fargo; his grandchildren, Tyler (Amy) Breitbach and Tessa Breitbach both of Fargo. Also surviving are his half brothers, Curtis (Betty) Coos Bay, OR; Earl (Maxine) Frank of Java. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Betha; and his brother, Arthur.


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  1. Ruthanne Schnaible says:

    Las Vegas NVMy prayers are with Ruth and family. Wes was a great softball player and coach to the neighbor kids. I will always remember him for the fun he gave us!

  2. Ellsworth Commissary Employees says:

    Ellsworth Air Force Base SDClyde and family, This a time to remember the good things about your loved one. Know that our prayers go out to you and your family. God be with you.

  3. Charlene Flowers says:

    West Fargo ND
    Condolences and prayers to Tyler & Amy and all the family members of Wesley Frank for the loss of your loved one. May your good memories help you through the tough times.

  4. Rose Krause says:

    Barnesville MN
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Frank. I am sure you all have wonderful memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  5. Amy Breitbach says:

    Fargo ND
    My deepest sympathy to Ruth and the entire family during this time of loss. Wes was a gentle soul and a great conversationalist. He always had something interesting to say! He will be greatly missed. May the cherished memories in your hearts give you strength during this time of sorrow.

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