Frank J. Fay, age 91, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 10:30 A.M. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019, from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Military Honors by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Frank John Fay was born on August 31, 1927, in York, North Dakota. He was the son of Francis “John” and Gunda (Ledfors) Fay. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in his faith as a youth. He received his education at Rugby High School and was a graduate of Rugby High School Class of 1945. He furthered his education at Minot Business College for two years.
Frank entered active military service in the United States Naval Service on May 11, 1945, in Minot, North Dakota. He served his country during World War II. He received Honorable Discharge on June 16, 1946. He achieved the rank of Seaman First Class USNR V-6. Frank reentered active military service in the United States Air Force on January 10, 1951, in Fargo, North Dakota. He served his country during the Korean War. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant E-5. He received Honorable Discharge on January 9, 1955, at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
In 1949, Frank was united in marriage to Lillian Erickson. This marriage was blessed with four daughters, Becky, Colleen, Cheryl and Kathy.
On December 28, 1995, Frank was united in marriage to Margaret (Houg) Lenz. Frank and Margaret resided in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Frank and Margaret spent 10 years vacationing in Winter Haven, Florida. They shared 24 years of marriage.
Frank began his professional career in feed sales. He and his family moved to Hutchinson in 1965, where he started working at Harvester Silo. In 1967, Frank started his career as a self-employed realtor in Hutchinson for many years. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Frank enjoyed hunting, golfing, sports and traveling. He was very active in the Hutchinson American Legion Post 96; where he served as Post Commander in 1974-1975. He also held the position of State Commander of the American Legion in 1980-1981 and enjoyed his time with the King Tuts. Frank was very involved in the Midwest Kidney Foundation and served as Chairman of the Board in 1993-1998. He was also a member of Masons & Shriners and Past President of Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce. Frank was involved with AA and served as a mentor to many. He celebrated 44 years of sobriety.
Frank passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, Minnesota at the age of 91 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Frank is survived by his:
Wife, Margaret Fay, of Hutchinson, Minnesota;
Daughters, Becky Volkman and her husband, Art of Redgranite, WI,
Colleen Perrone and her husband, Salvatore, of Boca Raton, FL,
Cheryl Dooley, of Hutchinson, MN,
Kathy Silvernale and her husband, Mike, of Hutchinson, MN;
Stepchildren, Craig Lenz and his wife, Claire, of Hutchinson, MN,
Sandra Haggerty and her husband, Al, of Corchran, MN,
Brian Lenz and his wife, Deb, of Fond du lac, WI,
Lori Haffley, and her husband, Greg, of Hutchinson, MN,
Paul Lenz and his wife, Lana, of Hutchinson, MN;
Grandchildren, Stephanie Haefliger and her husband, Mike, Christopher Genske and his wife, Terri, Nicki Doggart and her husband, Peter, Aaron Volkman and his wife, Lisa, Andrew Sullivan; Jason Hombach and his wife, Anne, Zach Hombach;
Step-Grandchildren, Catherine Lenz, Jake Lenz, Ellen Lenz, Ryan Lenz, Colton Lenz, Payton Lenz, Morgan Engen and her husband, Cole, Cassie Tulp and her husband Tony, Phil Haggerty, Neil Haggerty, Taylor Haggerty, Lauren Nalbone and her husband, Eric, Jack Haffley, Nick Haffley, Eric Haffley;
Sisters, Helen Drege of Rugby, ND,
Frances Shuler of Lynden, WA,
Patricia Monger of Rugby, ND,
Sadie Jelleberg of Bottineau, ND,
Marjorie Krohn and her husband, Odell, of Fargo, ND;
Many Other Relatives and Friends.
Frank is preceded in death by his Parents, Francis and Gunda Fay; Sons-In-Law, Wally Hombach, Joe Dooley; Sister, Elizabeth Jones, Brothers-In-Law, F.E. Jones, Lester Drege, Bruce Shuler, Don Monger, Everett Jelleberg.