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Frank Charles Abplanalp Jr. age 85 life long resident of Elwood passed away on Saturday April 7, 2018, at Prairie Lakes Health Care in Noblesville. Frank was born in Elwood on September 27,1932, to the late Frank Charles Abplanalp, Sr. and Emma (McClure) Abplanalp. On January 16th, 1953, he married his best friend, soul mate and love of his life Phyllis Jean (McCorkle) Abplanalp. Frank & Phyllis shared 64 years of marriage together before she passed away on January 20, 2017.
Frank was drafted and served in the Korean War. He proudly served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1954. After returning, Frank worked for General Motors in management for 37 years and then retired. After retirement he began to find himself a bit bored and worked several merchandising jobs for R. J. Reynolds, Nabisco and Kool - Aide delivering molds for local Tool and Dye Shops. Frank was a long time member of the the Mason's and was an active and current member of the Elks Lodge in Elwood. Frank's passions were traveling, Nascar Racing, watching basketball or really any sport, reading, listening to country music and traveling to Naples, Florida where he and his late wife Phyllis spent their winters. He was a faithful member of East Main Christian Church and Naples Community Church.
Frank is survived by his daughters Carolyn ( Pat Masters) Starns and Kimberly (Dennis) Sitton: Grandchildren Zachery (Amanda) Mock, Jason Ingram, Alex Ingram, Andrea (Taylor) Valentine, McKenzie Masters, Deanne (Jim) Caudill, Danny Sitton. Great Grandchildren Caitlyn Valentine, CJ Caudill, Oliva and Luke Mattix, and Michael and Madison Sitton. Frank was preceded by his brother Leroy (Edith) Abplanalp.
Funeral services celebrating Frank's life will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 14,2018 at the Dunnichay Funeral Home, Elwood with Rev. Rodger Gardner officiating. Entombment will follow in the Ewood Mausoleum with full military honors conducted by the US Army and the Elwood VFW American Honor Guard.
Visitation for family & friends will be on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 4:00- 8:00PM. The Elks will conduct a memorial service at 7PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the East Main Christian Church or hospice of your choice.