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Respected Athabascan elder Richard Frank dies

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:46 pm

FAIRBANKS — Respected Native leader and elder, Richard Frank, 85, died Thursday morning at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

In the Athabascan tradition, tea is being served at the Frank family home, 1578 Bridgewater Drive, each day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sunday. In addition, dinner will be served each evening at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share each evening.

Frank, and his wife, Anna, an Episcopal minister, grew up in what is now known as Old Minto. They have been married for 57 years.

A World War II veteran, Frank served in the Pacific theater and is one of the founders of the Alaska Native Veterans Association.

A fundraiser luncheon and raffle for the Frank family will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the tribal hall. The menu includes French dip and pasta salad, $10.

Raffle items may be dropped off at the tribal hall before 11 a.m., or call Peter Captain Jr., coordinator, 347-6679; Teisha Simmons, 378-6099; Doris Miller, 687-5160; or Shirley Moses, 978-1852, for pick up. Volunteers are welcome at the tribal hall starting at 7 this morning.

Monetary donations can be made directly to Anna Frank, AlaskaUSA, checking account No. 107592. Food supply donations can be dropped off at 1578 Bridgewater Drive.

For more information or to donate to the family, please contact Roxanne Frank at 978-7996 or Peter Captain Jr. at 347-6679.

A Fairbanks funeral service will be held at noon Monday at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. A final funeral service and burial will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Minto.

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