Frank (Francis) Estrada

A Mass of Christian Burial for Frank (Francis) Estrada, 94, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Eudora, KS. Burial with a Military Honor Guard will follow at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Eudora. He died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.

He was born October 10, 1920 in Silao Guanajuato, Mexico, the son of Porfirio J. and Emilia Marmolejo Estrada. He resided in Eudora from 1924 to 1951.

Frank attended Eudora Parochial School, graduate of Eudora High School in 1940, enrolled at the University of Kansas and, with a break for World War II, graduated with the class of 1948.

Captain Estrada served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946. A D-Day Veteran in the European Theater of Operations and engaged in action from the Beach of Normandy, Central & Northern France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Active in the Battle of the Bulge and weathered the flying “Buzz” Bombs and the V-I & V-II rocket air raids over the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. In 1951 he was recalled to Active Military Duty during the Korean conflict as a QM Staff Officer to December 1953. January 1954 he separated from Active Military Service and was assigned to a Military Reserve Unit, he continued in the service as a U.S. Army Department Civilian assisting Command Officers at Hqs. U.S. Army Europe & Seventh Army in matters of Comptroller & Logistical support activities until October 1977.

With 34 years of service and 17 Decorations & Service Medals Frank retired in grade of GS-13 at Hqs. U.S. Army Europe & Seventh Army, Heidelberg, Germany. He resided in Europe from 1978 to 1982 in Menorca, Spain. In 1982 he returned to Lawrence, KS.

Other occupations: 1949 to 1951 Frank worked as an Office Administrator for a GM Auto Dealership. 1982 to 1997 duties included a Certified Kansas Real Estate Sales Person, a member of the Kansas Board of Appeals, and an Office Administrator for Cala Tirant Housing Association, Menorca, Spain.

Memberships: 1971 appointment by the Military Ordinariate of New York as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. A member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, the United States Reserves Association, the United States Army Retired Reserves, the City of Lawrence Mechanical Board of Appeals, the Lion’s Club Mahon, Spain and a coach in the Spanish National League of Basketball.

Frank married Emma Voet on October 6, 1945 at Antwerp, Belgium. She was the first War Bride of the City. Other survivors include; two daughters, Emilia R. Drehman and husband Donavan, Bettendorf, IA and Anita P. Carlson and husband David, Lawrence; a son, Mario F. Estrada and wife Maria Jose, Menorca, Spain, seven grandchildren, Derriek, Michelle, Alexandra, Laura, Frank, Bailey, Hannah; and three great grandchildren, Luka, India, and Sawyer.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emma on March 2, 2011; twins, Mary and Joseph, 1946; Daniel H. Estrada 1974; and Jeff R. Estrada 2008; and three sisters, Jessie Ortis Vargas, Irene Alvarez, and Catherine Estrada.

Friends may call from 5 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 29th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. A rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery Maintenance Fund or to the charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. Ken & Lisa Allison on March 27, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Sorry for your loss. We pray you find comfort though family and friends during this time of sorrow.

  2. Kim Murphree on March 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Anita and family:

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying that you will be comforted at this difficult time.

  3. John & Barbara Przybojewski on March 28, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    So, so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers during this time on sadness. Your father lived long, lived well and was loved by all, so I’m sure his journey will be short.
    God bless to all.. J&B

  4. Boidin Peter on March 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Dear family,
    Met im in the 70-ties as a smal boy.Great man.I rememberd he cooked teasty hamburgers.I am sorry for your lost.Also for Emma .
    Kind regards.
    Peter Boidin(Rene was my uncle)

  5. Evonne Cooper on March 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Anita and rest of family,

    I met Mario a couple of times but mostly I was in contact with you.

    First of all, I really wanted to come to the visitation but just don’t think I can come in from Tongie and then back tomorrow for work. I will be there with you in spirit tomorrow.

    I don’t know that I could have ever found two more wonderful people to have as patients, first Emma, then Frank. When Frank told me how he first met Emma, I could almost see the sparks flying.

    You all were very fortunate to have them as parents and I was privileged to get to know them.

  6. Celeste Plitz on April 22, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I was unaware that uncle Frank had passed until just yesterday. I last saw him before aunt Emma passed away, he had some good stories. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Ro [Van Fleet] Vaselaar on November 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Mimi, Mario and family– 11/29/15 I just learned of your dad’s passing. Please know how very sorry I am, but how honored I am to have known your family all those years ago. I have such wonderful memories of Metz & Torremdembarra. I adored your Mom and Dad and and loved that we stayed connected over the years. He was so very proud of all you kids…but I’m sure you know that. I’d love to hear from you if you’re so inclined…if you even get this. Oh, and I loved the video…brought tears of happy memories. Deepest sympathy to all.

  8. Scarlette Howard on September 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Hello Anita, I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I’ve told my sister, sonja, that I wanted to find you since we were great friends in Germany..yes Germany! We took swimming lessons with your brother Mario. This is Scarlette Howard. I hope you remember me! I live in Maryland. Please email me so I can send you my cell number.

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