Frank Femling 1932-2016
Frank Kendall Femling, a 13-year resident of Chewelah, WA passed away on December 2, 2016 at his Chewelah, WA home. Frank was born on November 25, 1932 in Seattle, WA the son of Ralph Charles and Marie Matilda (Roberts) Femling.
He was raised and attended school in the greater Seattle, WA area. Frank graduated in 1950 from Mt. Si High School in Snoqualmie and only 3 weeks later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving alongside his brother Jerry for 4 years. While stationed in Missouri, he married Gay DesRosier in 1953. They began a family and relocated to the Seattle area following his honorable discharge on July 3, 1954. Frank worked a variety of jobs including the Pacific Car and Foundry. It was during his night studies at Seattle University that he also worked the day shift for Puget Power. He juggled family, work and school for 6 years and achieved his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1962. Frank’s education and work ethic gave him many years of opportunity within the Boeing Aircraft Company. He retired after 37 years as a very well traveled Boeing Property Tax Administrator. On March 21, 1970, Frank married the love of his life, Isabelle L. Toeckes in Reno, NV. His family again grew in size and continued their residency in Seattle.
Frank worked a second job with the Bellevue Community College where he taught night courses for over 38 years. In 2003, he and Izzy moved to Chewelah, WA where they have resided since.
Frank enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid camper. He shared time with his family and friends hunting, fishing, hiking and telling campfire stories. He had a lifelong love of sports and was involved in both team and individual sports from his childhood until the age of 83. When he couldn’t play the team sports, he was often found on the side lines, bleachers and later, in his easy chair, rooting on his favorites including the University of Washington Huskies and Gonzaga University Bulldogs. He and Izzy traveled countless miles across the U.S. in their motor home enjoying all the sights, sounds and scenery this country could offer. His family embraced his honesty and ability to share wisdom. His children expressed “he was a role model to all” and they were proud to call him “dad.” He dedicated his life to his family and was a touch mischievous, able to always do right and not always doing it by the book. Frank proudly served his country, was a best friend to his wife, a responsible father, faithful brother, loving grandfather and great-grandfather, a talented guitarist, avid golfer and all with a grin and a rogue-like charm.
Frank was an active and devoted member of his Catholic faith, the Knights of Columbus, parish choir, America Legion and Chewelah Golf and Country Club.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dale Femling and his parents.
Frank is survived by his wife, Isabelle “Izzy” Femling, at the home; 3 daughters, Karen Sutter of Renton, WA, Tracy Colombi of Tucson, AZ, Terri Taggart and her husband, Scott of Cottonwood, CA; 2 sons, Ryan Femling of Bothell, WA and Andy Femling of Seattle, WA; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Justin, Jenna, Lindsey, Ashley, Matt, Hayley, Jared, Grey and Lachlan; 9 great grandchildren, Ellie, Marlon, Taylor, Tana, Cash, Nico, Irie, Livia and William; one brother, Jerry Femling of Tucson, AZ; half brother, Rick Femling and his wife, Lynette of North Bend, WA; step sister, Darlene Lockwood and her husband, Hollis of North Bend, WA and a host of extended family and friends.
The services honoring Mr. Frank K. Femling will begin with a rosary and vigil at 7 p.m., Friday, December 9, 2016 and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016 both at St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic Church in Chewelah, WA.
Fathers Jeff Lewis and Jose Millan will con-celebrate the Mass. The graveside service and vault interment will follow the Funeral Mass at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chewelah. Memorial contributions may be given to the Good Samaritan Fund at St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic Church in Chewelah. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.