Lawrence W. Frank
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Lawrence W. Frank
  • February 14, 1926 - May 20, 2015
  • Northport, Michigan

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Lawrence "Larry" W. Frank
On May 20, 2015, Lawrence W. Frank passed away at Northport Highlands, where his care was beyond belief.
Larry was born in Albion, Michigan on February 14, 1926. He started to take violin lessons at age 6 from Dr. Peters. Larry was a starter on the Albion High School baseball team and participated in Track. Once graduating from high school, he joined the Marines in May of 1944. Larry was stationed in China during the China Occupation and then went to the island of Pavuva before the invasion of Okinawa. He was one of the thousands running off the Higgins Boats onto the shores of Japan. He was in the U.S. Marine Corp 1st Division and became a Corporal. His role in WWII was a field bugler and messenger. Larry ran messages across the front lines when communications didn't work. He was shot at numerous times by snipers and anti-aircraft guns. He was fast, lucky and mostly, blessed.
After the war was over, Larry went to Albion College on the G.I. Bill. That's where he met his wife, Mary. The marriage lasted 65 years. Her glowing yellow sweater made mincemeat out of Larry when they met on campus.
Larry graduated and went directly to the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where he achieved his Master's degree in School Administration. He loved his wolverines! He then began his teaching career in Centerville, Michigan where he and Mary formed relationships for life. After teaching 7 years in Centerville, Larry moved to Allegan, Michigan. He taught in 4 elementary; 1 junior high and 1 senior high school. The whole town! His marching bands took several 1st places in the Holland Tulip Festival. He also gave private lessons, many band follies and played in the Kalamazoo Symphony. His bands of all levels played in many, many concerts throughout the years. Still, with no time, he was an active member of the Jaycees. His work load was enormous.
Larry left Allegan in 1966 and moved to Kalamazoo. Once again and in Centerville and Allegan, lifelong friendships were formed. Larry up until his dying days, was visited by students of his since 1949, his 1st year of teaching. He played in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. Larry substitute taught also for Northport Public Schools. Mary volunteered him for many Northport activities as well as playing in the Northport Community Band for several years. He loved to play that Tuba!
Larry was preceded in death by his wife; Mary and two sons; Lon and Lee. He is survived by his son; Lynn, daughter in law; Patti and grandson; Michael and the cat. Another son; Larry, with his wife; Theresa and 3 grandsons; Gabriel, Michael and Joseph, residing in Pensacola, Florida.
Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City, did the arrangements of excellent caliber. Larry has requested a graveside service with immediate family members only.