Celebrating the life of Francis Frank Taylor Schenk
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Frank Schenk was born August 31, 1922 in Spokane, Washington to John P. and Gertrude (Taylor) Schenk. He attended West Valley High School and Gonzaga University in Spokane. He entered the US. Army in October 1942 and became a combat crew member on a B-17 Aircraft in the European Theater of Operations. He also participated in the Normandy D-Day Invasion and Northern France Campaigns.
After discharge in 1945, he was employed by the US Navy and later as Claims Manager for the American steamship Lines and Maritime Average Adjusters. Later he was a site manager for the Seattle City Light Company.
After recall to the Korean conflict in 1950, and discharged in 1951, he was a manager of the Credit Bureau in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Schenk reentered the Air force in 1954 and was medically retired in 1973 after his last tour of Southeast Asia (RVN).
Schenk came to Altus in July 1970 from the Philippines where he was a Special Advisor to the Philippine and Korean Air Ministeries.
Frank was a World War ii, Korea and Viet Nam Veteran. Included in his numerous awards and decorations, was the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Three Air Medals. He was also the first director of Military Affairs (Retirees) at Altus.
He was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and a member of the VFW, DAV, American Legion and several Honor Societies.
Schenk was married to a Kathleen (Lankford) July 1958 at Amarillo, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Kathy of the Home, a daughter, Cindy Stokes of Elk City, Oklahoma, four grandchildren; Dawn and Heather Walker, Kory Killingsworth and Dillon Stokes and one great grandchild, Zane Walker.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
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