Frank Francis Orlando
Born: May 08, 1922
Died: Aug 29, 2014
Our dad, Frank Orlando, passed away on Friday, August 29, in Chinook at Sweets Nursing Home. Rosary services will be held Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Harlem. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Harlem.
Frank was born on May 8, 1922 to Peter and Clara Orlando in Havre, MT. He had three sisters, Rae, Helen and Katherine and also three brothers, Silvio, Emil and Peter. Dad was preceded in death by both parents and all brothers and sisters. Dad graduated from Havre High School in 1940 then attended the University of Montana for two years. His education was interrupted to serve our country in the army from August 1942 thru November 1945 in the French, African and Italian Theatres as a medic with the 36th General Hospital. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Dad resumed his education at University of Montana’s School of Pharmacy and completed his degree in 1948. He returned home to Havre and worked at Don’s Medical Pharmacy. In 1950, dad and his friend and co/worker Don Vaupel opened a Don’s Pharmacy in Harlem, from which dad served the community for 52 years until 2002. Dad met mom, Lilah Skoyen Orlando, and married in 1952. Together they had two children, Ron (Karen) of Spokane, WA and Patricia (Owen) of Salt Lake City, UT. Dad and Mom have six grandchildren, Courtney Orlando of Vancouver, WA, Luke Orlando of Spokane, WA, Peter Orlando of Spokane, WA, Ian Orlando or Bozeman, MT, Ryan Allred of Salt Lake City, UT and Walter (Daniela)Allred of Salt Lake City, UT. Dad was a huge supporter of many civic organizations filling many leadership roles over his years of life in Harlem: Lions Club, he held almost every office including Deputy District Governor, City Council for 13 years including Vice Chair; community projects including paving the streets of Harlem and developing plans for the swimming pool; many years of leading and organizing the Trap, Rod and Gun Club of which he especially enjoyed the annual Turkey Shoot. Frank was known for selling over $50,000 worth of raffle tickets for various civic fundraising events, a longtime member of the VFW 4744, Eucharistic Minister at St. Thomas Catholic Church, a Cub Scout Leader for 6 years, & supporter of the annual Seed Show and 4-H programs. Dad was an avid hunter, fisherman and dog enthusiast. In 1957 and 1968, Dad received an honorary award from the city of Harlem for “Boss of the Year” recognizing his leadership skills. In 1967 the local Jaycees recognized him with their “Distinguished Service Award”, and in 2002 Dad was awarded the highest National Pharmacy Award given for Community Service, the “Bowl of Hygeia”.
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