Francis Marion “Frank” Harrison

Friday, October 27, 2017

Francis Marion “Frank” Harrison, Jr., 76, Bronaugh, passed away on Monday, Oct. 9, at his home in Bronaugh. Frank was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Kansas City.

Frank was raised in Kansas City and attended Washington High School where he graduated Class of 1959. Frank, who was well liked and had lots of friends, enjoyed participating in sports and was on the football team. Following his school years, he served in the United States Army in Vietnam. After his years in the service he attended the University of Kansas, majoring in mathematics, and the University of California-Los Angeles, majoring in computer systems and applications. Following college, Frank stayed in the Los Angeles, Calif., area and worked in the aerospace industry. He pursued a DTP certificate and obtained an AS/400 application and development and RPG programming during his professional career. He was involved in working on the first space shuttles and on the Black Hawk helicopter. Frank had 25 plus years experience in weight calculations, programming, wire analysis, system weight and preliminary design and report generation. He was a reliable and adaptive self-starter, took initiative in learning new systems, and maintained a balanced objective viewpoint in addressing problems. Hot rods and drag racing was Frank’s favorite hobby. His main drag car was a 1968 Camaro with which he won many races.

Frank lived in California for 40 years. After his retirement he moved back to Bonner Springs, Kan., for two years to take care of his mother, Carrie Cox, until her passing. At that time Frank bought property in Bronaugh and came to Vernon County where he continued to reside. In his spare time he worked on his cars, was a gun enthusiast and was very educated in survival techniques. Frank was prepared to survive off the grid if necessary.

Graveside services will be held at Ft. Scott National Cemetery in Ft. Scott on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m. with full Military Honors. Friends may call now until time of service.

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