TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, October 16
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Obituary listings for the Town of Huntington.
John Benton Frankemollé, of Northport, died Oct. 7. He was 90.
Born in 1924 in Mineola, he was a World War II Navy veteran who fought in the Invasion of Normandy. He was an employee of Fairchild Republic in Farmingdale where he worked in quality control. Upon their retirements, he and his wife, Patricia – with whom he spent 64 years of marriage – moved to Asharoken. While also working on environmental issues and deer control, the couple moved back to Northport in 2003 to be closer to family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Pamela and her husband Donald Wilson, Alice and her husband Jeffrey Weigers, and Linda; and his grandchildren, Sean, Alyssa, Gordon, Anna, Timothy and Zoe.
Arrangements were by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport last week with an interment that followed at the Northport Rural Cemetery with United States Military honors.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, October 16, 2014; A22)
Charles Arthur Richmond, a Huntington native, died Oct. 6. He was 89.
Born in Huntington in 1925, he was the youngest of five siblings who earned the nickname “Red” around town, his family said, for the familiar sight of his curly red hair. In 1941, he left school to join the United States Navy where he served as Boatswain’s mate on a Destroyer Escort in the Atlantic Ocean.
Following the war, he traveled across the United States on a motorcycle and eventually ended up in California where he earned his high school diploma. After moving to Texas, he studied at West Texas State College and met his wife, Marguerite. The couple married in 1952, and after graduating in 1954 they accept jobs at the Alaska Native Service, which later became the Bureau of Indian Affairs. There, he and his wife taught children in the remote villages of interior Alaska, and he was eventually named BIA Area Director of Alaska until 1971. He later moved to Albuquerque, N.M. to coordinate the Johnson-O’Malley Act, which sought to improve the education of children on Indian reservations.
Upon retirement in 1977 he and his wife lived in Port Townsend, Wash. for 30 years before making the move to Gig Harbor so that they could be closer to their family.
Throughout his life, his family said, he was known for his love of the outdoors, his sense of humor and his ability to tell captivating stories. Around 1955, The Long-Islander published an article on the Richmond family, who, at the time, made the trip from Alaska to visit family in Huntington.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Clara Puglisi; his children, Scott, Shane, Ruth, Marguerite and Steve; and his grandchildren, Jonathan, Stephen, Lauren, Kate, Nathan and Andrew. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Church on the Rock in Gig Harbor, Wash.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, October 16, 2014; A39)