Franklin E. “Frankie” North, 75, Sandusky, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Firelands Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 30, 1938, in Sandusky, to Charles O. North and Rosalie (Norris) North Strauder, and was a graduate of Sandusky High School.
Frank was employed by Ford Motor Co. in Sandusky, Sandusky Plastics, and also was a respiratory therapist for the former Memorial Hospital, Sandusky. He served 23 years in the U.S.Marines and National Guard.
Frank was a member of Second Baptist Church, Sandusky, member at Large of the Most Worshipful Prince Grand Lodge of Ohio, past master of Progress Lodge 85, Prince Hall, F. & A.M., 32nd degree mason, Bezaleel Consistory 15, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Past Patron, Lakeview Chapter 65, Order of Eastern Star, Past Most Ancient Johua, Floyd C. Churchwell Court 8, Heroines of Jericho, Past High Priest, Gordon Clemons, Chapter Royal Arch Masons.
He enjoyed bowling and fishing, was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Browns fan, and loved jazz and gospel music.
Frank is survived by his wife of 37 years, Deborah (Jones) North, whom he married, Aug. 2, 1976; children, Donyal Nedrick of Ossing, N.Y., Franklin North Jr. of Pensicola, Fla., Darryl North of Buffalo, N.Y., Francine North of Columbia, S.C., and Marsha (George) Poyner of Clearwater, Fla.; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Christine (North) Crayton of Sandusky; brother, Roscoe North of Sandusky; several nieces and nephews; special aunt, Anna Barron; special cousin, Steven Brown; special friends, Elroy and Lula Rollison, and Darwitt Garrett; special caregiver, Darlene (Lynn) Amison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step father, Charles Strauder; granddaughter, Francis; grandparents; and a brother, Rev. Charles O. North Jr.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the dialysis staff at Firelands, Dr. Chaban, Dr. Hill, and Dr. Kaftan, nurses at Firelands and North Ohio Heart Center.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, until funeral services at noon, at Second Baptist Church, 315 Decatur St., Sandusky. Masonic services will be held at 10 a.m., at the church. Pastor Reginald Taylor will officiate. Burial will be Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron, where the Marines Forever Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 83 Honor Guard will provide a military tribute.
Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to the Dialysis Center at Firelands, or to the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made at toftfh.com. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling the arrangements.