Michael Eugene Frank
Michael Eugene Frank, 62, of Strasburg, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012, at home. Michael was born in Lancaster on July 1, 1949, and was the son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Mellinger) Frank. He was the devoted husband of Barbara Rathbone-Frank for 17 years.
Michael worked as a restoration carpenter for the Strasburg Rail Road Company for 21 years, and enjoyed rebuilding wooden railroad cars to their original splendor so that visitors could experience a ride into the 19th century and appreciate America’s steam-powered railroad legacy. He served his country during the Vietnam Conflict in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971.
Michael enjoyed spending time at home and hosting dinners for family, friends and neighbors. His hobbies included target shooting, traveling, water gardening and G-scale model railroading. He was a member of the Strasburg Area Sertoma Club and Strasburg Sportman’s Association.
In addition to his wife, Michael is survived by his 4 sisters Edie Chapman, of Murfreesboro, TN, Rose, wife of Paul Young of Pinehurst, NC, Amanda, wife of Gerald Stauffer of New Holland, and Annie, wife of Bruce Meyerhoffer of Palmyra.
A memorial service for Michael will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 West Main Street, Strasburg, on Friday, March 9 at 11 AM with The Rev. Tim Patterson officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Friday one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a favorite charity, or to Hospice of Lancaster County, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, www.hospiceoflancaster.org, or to the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation, PO Box 222, Strasburg, PA 17579. Arrangements by the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 717-560-5100