Francis J. Skrinak, 89, of Marblehead, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in Stein Hospice Hospital in Sandusky.
Fran was born in Marblehead to Andrew and Anna (Klatcik) Skrinak. Fran was a lifelong resident of Marblehead. He served in World War II as a medic in the U.S. Army 19th Infantry. He was a local postal carrier for Marblehead and Lakeside for 36 years. Fran was a member of the VFW, enjoyed fishing, bowling and bingo. Fran’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his three granddaughters, his son, Kim, and his dog, BC.
Fran had a heroic tour of duty in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II as a medic. His medical detachment was assigned to the 24th infantry, Victory Division. Fran was on the front lines for nearly four years, helping the wounded and mortally wounded, many times under heavy bombardment and sniper fire. He was there for the 24th infantry’s four beachhead landings on the islands of Mindanao, Mindoro, Leyte, and Romblon Island. He is credited with helping to capture a Japanese headquarters on Romblon Island during a surprise night attack. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater ribbon with 2 bronze stars, Philippine Liberation ribbon with 2 bronze stars and the Purple Heart. He fought in the Southern Philippine battle as well as New Guinea.
After the war, Fran returned home to his beloved Marblehead where he married his sweetheart, Maise Gerold, who waited for him during his four-year tour of duty. Fran loved living in Marblehead and often said there was no place on earth any better.
Fran is survived by his son, Kim (Liz) Skrinak of Catawba Island; granddaughters, Andrea Roberts of Austin, Texas, and Nikki Skrinak and Krystyn Skrinak, both of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Leona (Kenny) Monak of Marblehead; brother, Raymond Skrinak of Sandusky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn (Gerold) Skrinak; parents; brothers, Andrew Skrinak and Sam Skrinak; and sisters, Helen Meter, Clara Skrinak and Josephine Huskey.
Friends and family are invited to visit and share memories 5-8 p.m. Friday in Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton. Additional visitation will take place from 9 a.m. Saturday until 9:30 a.m. when a celebration of Fran’s life begins in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marblehead. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Those wishing to offer a memorial donation in Fran’s memory are asked to consider Marblehead Police K-9 Foundation, 513 W. Main St., Marblehead, OH 43440; or Stein Hospice. Condolences may be shared at walkerfuneralhomes.com.