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Glenn Paul Frank, 86, of Columbia City, died at 6:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at The Oaks where he had been a resident for the past four years.
He was born June 29, 1924 in Portland, a son of Herman R. and Amelia Marie (Fox) Frank. In 1929, the family moved to Columbia City and established the H.R. Frank and Sons Greenhouse. Frank graduated from Columbia City High School in 1942.
After his graduation, he worked with the Civilian Public Service and spent time in the Rocky Mountains doing geological surveys. Upon his return, he attended Manchester College and Purdue University before joining the familyâ€™s greenhouse business.
On June 24, 1951, he was united in marriage to Eloise B. Blackwood. They made their home in Columbia City, later moving to Wolf Road. Mrs. Frank died Oct. 19, 2006.
Co-owner and operator of H.R. Frank and Sons Greenhouse, he also was a local weather forecaster for WFDT radio, a Whitley County Commissioner and served on the Whitley County Council. From 1986 to 1995, he was the Executive Director of the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce.
A founding member of Columbia City Church of the Brethren, he also served as a deacon. He was a past member of the Columbia City Rotary Club.
He is survived by four children: Mary â€śMarisaâ€ť Frank, Fort Wayne; David (Jennifer) Frank, Martha (James) Kreider and Samuel (Ann) Frank, all of Columbia City; nine grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Ardeth Frank.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Wilson, Marcus, Hugh, Marion and Dale Frank; and three sisters, Evelyn Frank, Alice Frank and Amy McKinney.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Nolt Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials may be made to Columbia City Church of the Brethren.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.