Frank L. Sonntag Sr., 89, of Milan, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 5, 1924, in Toledo, son of the late Arthur and Ellen (LaBlanch) Sonntag. Frank served in the U.S. Navy during WW II aboard the USS Herndon, a naval destroyer that earned three battle stars in the European Theater, including the invasion of Normandy.
Frank is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia (Chimera) Sonntag, along with his children, Martin Sonntag, of Kirkland, Wash., Terry Webb, of Norwalk, Dana Sonntag, of Milan, Frank Sonntag Jr., of Chicago, Sandy Morckel, of Charleston, S.C., and daughter-in-law, Saloma Pulcini Sonntag. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren along with extended family and his loving dog Buddy.
Frank was preceded in death by his youngest son, John, and his parents.
Frank was known for his loving spirit, generosity, and service to others. Affectionately known as “The Silver Fox”, he was well-liked, and made an impact on the community and many employees, colleagues and acquaintances throughout his life. His multifaceted career encompassed owner of A&W Drive-In and superintendent of Erie County MetroParks and he retired as a superintendent from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
He was a past president of Huron Lions Club, past commander of American Legion Post 527 and a member of VFW.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 3-6 p.m. July 13, at Crossroads Community Church of Norwalk.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Back to the Wild, Victory Temple Soup Kitchen or Stein Hospice.
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