|Francis M. "Frank" Ovenden|
|July 25, 1946 - November 14, 2010|
|Taylor Ridge, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 18, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 801 W. Edgington St., Reynolds, Ill.|
|Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Friday November 19, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 801 W. Edgington St., Reynolds, Ill.|
|Interment: Friday November 19, 2010 at Reynolds Cemetery, Reynolds, Ill. |
|Francis M. “Frank” Ovenden, 64, of Taylor Ridge, passed away Sunday, Nov 14, 2010, at Mayo Clinic – St Mary’s Hospital, in Rochester, MN. |
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 801 W. Edgington St., Reynolds. Burial is at the Reynolds Cemetery, where military honors will be presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to any veteran’s organization.
Frank was born on July 25, 1946 in Rock Island, IL, the son of Francis P. Ovenden and Mary Kriznar Ovenden. He graduated from Alleman High School in 1965. He entered military service in 1967. Frank was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in the Vietnam War. After recovery at Ft Hood, TX, he was transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal where he was discharged from the service. He then began working at the Arsenal as a civilian, and graduated from the Rock Island Arsenal/Blackhawk College Electrical Apprentice Program. He worked for the Arsenal as an Electrician for 15 years and for the past 26 years as an Electrical Planner/Estimator.
He married Marion Bell and from that union a son was born. He later married Lynn Swartout Cummings, gaining two daughters to raise with his son, creating a blended family. He loved his family and loved spending time with them. Frank especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and often was the ring leader of their mischief. He was especially looking forward to retiring in January 2011 and being available to follow his grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Nancy Ovenden, Omaha, Neb.; daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Scott Perkins, Sherrard, and Nicole and Jonathan Kelly, Ankeny, Iowa; his mother, Mary Ovenden, Rock Island; grandchildren, Adam and Eric Ovenden and Quinn, Levi, and Torah Kelly; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Beth Ovenden, and Patti and Mike Scudder, all of Rock Island; and a niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis P. Ovenden and his sister, Lucy Shaw.
I was one of Frank's classmates at Alleman. I always remember him as a nice, gentle person. I am so sorry for your loss.
-- Rebecca Coussens Fitzgerald
Frank was a friend and a teammate at Alleman, and I was saddened to hear of his passing. Although I haven't seen or spoken to him since high school, I will always remember him as being a quiet, sincere and gentle person.
-- Mike Brewers
Frank was one of my best andclosest friends during Alleman years. Frank Tom Allen John and I were "car guys" Frank had the 55 2 Door Chevy, he really like that car, and we all liked Frank. I will always have great memories of him and his 55. Bye Frank.
-- Richard Viren Jr.
I am saddened by the news of Franks' passing. On behalf of the Alleman high School Class of 1965 and our Reunion Committee, I extend our most sincere condolences.
-- ED KIELY
Lynn, My sympathy to you and your family. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
-- shirley McCormick
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family during this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
-- Maria Escontrias (former co-worker of Lynn's)
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in your time of great sorrow...Frank was a fair man that cared deeply for his family, his yard and that red Ford truck that I believe he washed daily...He was not a man of much words but he had a smile that said it all...Please extend my deep sympathy to Shawn, Valerie and Nicole...I pray God's love will strengthen all of you in your time of sorrow...
-- John Muncie
Really sorry about Frank. A real shocker. Please feel our love and God's love to comfort you.
-- Laurie Marsh
Patti and family - my sincere condolences on your loss. May you find comfort in your memories and know that Frank is forever your guardian angel.
-- Sandy (Scudder) Gage
Thank you Mr. Ovenden for your military service. WELCOME HOME BROTHER!
-- Paul Fredenburg - RVN 69-70
My very sincere condolences to you and all your family. May Frank rest in peace and may God give comfort to all of you. As you know, I sent the "link" to his obituary to my list of our Arsenal friends. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Love, Bob Cook
-- Bob Cook
Lynn and family~I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that the Lord will give you the strength and comfort that you need at this time.......I can relate to your loss and I will continue to lift you up in prayer; that is what has sustained me through my loss. May the Lord guide your steps of the road ahead. Blessings to you all!
-- Linda Mentink
Lynn and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most diffcult time. I'm sorry that we can't be there with you. Love, Jeri and the boys
-- Jeri Brining Berube
Lynn and family
Was shocked when I read about Frank’s passing. Worked with Frank at the Arsenal. We were even in the same office for a couple of years. I can always remember, when I was a machine repairman and needed the assistance of an electrician, was always glad to see Frank show up. He would dig in and get the job done. Frank was one of the good guys at the Arsenal, a model employee at all times. I haven’t seen Frank for awhile as I retired some time ago, but I will never forget him. You have my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Stan Schmidt: co worker at the Arsenal.
-- Stanley Schmidt
I am shocked and saddened about the loss of your loved one,Frank. I knew and worked with him for the past 25 years at the Rock Island Arsenal. As a machine repairman, I never had business with him, but I always enjoyed Frank's wit and friendly attitude. He was one of the few people I could talk to on a bad day and could cheer me up. I will truly miss him. As a fellow Vietnam veteran, I was proud to call him my friend. God be with you.
-- Thomas Lancial
Words can not express our feelings about your loss. Judy and I will cherish our summers together with you and your family. He was a part of my youth, my work place, my family (ball). He was a good man. Herb and Judy
-- Herbert and Judy Crompton
Shawn, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Aunt Kathy
-- Katharine (Bell) Trackwell