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Obituary: Clinton John Frank Jr., Columbus

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Clinton John Frank, Jr. of Taylor Road, Columbus, died December 6, 2013, at Hospice of South Central Indiana. Born June 11, 1919, in Walkerville, Michigan, he was the son of the Reverend Clinton John Frank, Sr. and Mabel Esther "Ruth" Nygren. A graduate of Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, he married Dorothea Ann Jenista January 1, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois.

A former employee of Hamilton Cosco and Cummins Engine Company, upon retirement he continued his active community involvement as a former trustee and elder of The Presbyterian Church of Columbus, member of both the Columbus and Indiana Chambers of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and member and supporter of Developmental Services, Inc. His commitment to vocational education at DSI extended to his serving as chairman of the Indiana State Board of Vocational and Technical Education. For his lengthy dedication to educational excellence in the state, he was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash award by Governor Robert Orr upon his retirement from state service. He was a 73-year member of the Masonic Fraternity.

He was preceded in death by his wife and one sister,  Carolyn Morse of Arvada, Colorado. He is survived by one sister, Una Mae Kemp of Davenport, Iowa, and four children, John (Judy) Frank of Columbus, Barbara (Kevin) Sheehan of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Jeffrey (Donna) Frank of Fisherville, Kentucky, and David Frank of Columbus, Indiana. His grandsons are Timothy (Alexa) Sheehan of Culver City, California, James Sheehan of Indianapolis, Evan Frank of Goleta, California, and Mason Frank of Emigrant, Montana. His great-granddaughter is Isla Sheehan of Culver City, California.

His dedication to his family, his faith and his community has been instilled with deep love in his family members,

A memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus will be celebrated later. The family expresses their gratitude to the Four Seasons Retirement Center staff and the staff of Hospice of South Central Indiana. Mr. Frank requested that in lieu of flowers a memorial donation be made to the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family at or

Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street is in charge of arrangements.

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