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Roy 'Frank' Bogenrief

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

An honorable man has passed our way . . . a patriot . . . a man who endeavored to do his best.

Roy Franklin (Frank) Bogenrief, 102+, of Hinton, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in the TLC Hospice Unit in Sioux City.

Frank was born July 31, 1910, in Hinton, to Roy and Nellie (Waters) Bogenrief.

In 1914, Roy and Nell Bogenrief with their Hinton-born sons Frank and Bob, headed to Hobbs, Mont., homesteading there until poor health and The Great Depression had them return to Hinton where Roy was postmaster and Nell was assistant postmistress.

The Montana years had found Frank trapping badger skins to exchange for staples and pocket money. Often on those hunting trips he stayed overnight in the famed Western artist, Charlie Russell's cabin.

Their Montana and Hinton homes were full of music.

It was during this time he sang in a Billy Eckstein vocal contest on radio with Lawrence Welk directing and also participated in the singing of The Messiah.

He met Louise Priborsky through a mutual friend, fell in love and they married Jan. 14, 1939, and stayed married for 70 years.

1939 was also the year he began a lifetime of antiquing. He worked for Brown's Garage as a mechanic in those early years, but was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the position of postmaster in 1942. He remained postmaster for 11 years and then became rural letter carrier for the next 21 years.

in those years he played bass violin in local bands, sang, wrote and recorded music with Louise, repaired clocks, restored a 1914 Model T to perfection, was a member of the Siouxland Horseless Carriage Club, a founding board member of the Plymouth County Historical Museum, The Steam Engine Club, St. Michael's, Assumption, and St. Boniface Catholic Church member, and, was also an excellent card player and very bad cook.

Frank and Louise opened their Frank's Folly Antique Shop in 1961, traveled, and were blessed with a multitude of clients who became friends.

Frank was an avid reader, a lover of classical music and all things beautiful.

Fiercely proud of his family, this dignified, eldest senior citizen in Hinton held a prominent position within the Siouxland antiques community and the hearts of those who knew him.

He is survived by his children: Terry (Cliff), Margaret (Rich), Cece, Nick (Diane), Mark (Jeanne), and Tim (Madlyn); his grandchildren, Michael (Erin), Craig (Melinda), Sara Beth, Ben (Heather), Joel (Julie), Seth, Jesse, Amanda (Seth and baby to come), Jeremiah, Eric, Matthew and Heather; his great-grandchildren Abigail, Stephen, Allison, Jayln, Kiana, Serena, Jordan, Jet and Mary Catherine; and his sister-in-law, Natalie "Talie" Thorp, and by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and dear friends throughout the country.

One of the last of The Greatest Generation, Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; his parents, Roy and Nell Bogenrief; brothers Bob and Bryan; sisters Lois and Lilas; sons Francis and Stephen.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St Boniface Church in Sioux City. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service at the church on Thursday. With cryogenics not available here, Frank opted for cremation.

The Christy-Smith Larkin Chapel Funeral Home in Sioux City in charge of arrangements.

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