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Frank Francis Orlando

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”.

Public Guest Book

Sep 3rd
Darcie Doney
RIP Frank, You were a good man. A story to relay to his family:
One time I super glued my fingers to my eye glasses trying to fix them. I went into Dons Pharmacy, he opened up some Polish remover and proceeded to use it to take the ear piece out of my fingers. AND he didn't make me buy it!! I NEVER FORGOT THAT. He was a good man! Oh and my Dad always called him Don. lol RIP Frank.
Sep 3rd
Nancy (Adams) Boushie
Prayers for strength and comfort to all of you at this time. Frank will always be a big part of Harlem!!
Sep 3rd
Colleen Miner
Sincere sympathies to the family on the loss of Frank. He was a kind and generous man who always treated everyone fairly.
Sep 3rd
Shannon Fox
I am sorry to hear about Mr. Frank Orlando he was such a gentleman and a very nice man. He treated me with respect and was so kind and helpful when I would go into the pharmacy. I always wondered where he was at. God Bless you and your family.. He is with our Lord now..
Sep 3rd
Annie Mummey
Sorry for your loss.I'll always remember Frank for his memory. Even tho I left Harlem in 1980 when my older daughter was 5, he always remember her name and mine when when we came back to visit my parents. I BIG community presence. Very helpful and loving. God Bless


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