Richard Frankenfield

Richard (Dick) Lindbergh Frankenfield

Richard (Dick) Lindbergh Frankenfield passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at his home in Lawrence.

He was born on February 26, 1928 in Bethlehem, PA, the son of James Garfield Frankenfield and Christiana Catherine Hager Frankenfield. He was a graduate of Lehigh University, earning a degree in chemical engineering.  He was employed by Hercules Incorporated, and retired after 40 years of service.

He married Elaine Lois VanBilliard on December 11, 1948 in Bethlehem, PA.  She passed June 18, 1963.  He married Karen Sue Cook Frankenfield on August 31, 1968 in Lawrence, KS. She passed December 22, 2009.

Dick was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was involved with various community ministries.  At the church, he was a long-time member of the choir, helped take care of the church landscaping, and served in the kitchen for various functions.  He also volunteered for Douglas County Senior Services, Meals on Wheels, LINK, the Sertoma Club, and Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he had a term as President of the Volunteers.  He served for several years as President and Treasurer of the Hills West Homes Association.  He and his wife, Karen, received the Service to Mankind Award in the Spring of 1999.  He loved spending time with his family.  Other interests included golfing, bowling, whistling tunes, cards, crossword puzzles, KU sports, and fascination with the weather.  

In addition to his two wives, Dick was pre-deceased by brothers Gerry, Jim, and Roy Frankenfield, and a sister, Ruth Rybak.  He is survived by two sisters, Grace Shaner of Bethlehem, PA and Irene Ozimek of Wilmington, DE.  He is also survived by his four children, Diane Louise Frankenfield of Abingdon, MD, Richard Charles Frankenfield of Corvallis, OR and his wife, Sue Frey, Cynthia Lee Sitler and her husband Don Sitler of Garnett, KS, and Samuel Paul Frankenfield of Lawrence, KS.  Dick is also survived by five grandchildren, Jackson Daniel Tarr of Abingdon, MD, Jamie Katherine Frey-Frankenfield and Patrick Richard Frey-Frankenfield of Corvallis, OR, Tiffany Marie Dunyon and her husband Darrell of Ottawa, KS, and Michael Louis Sitler  of Garnett KS, and two great-grandchildren, Devynn Marie Sitler and Isabella Grace Sitler of Garnett KS.

A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Monday, June 11, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to Trinity Lutheran Church or Grace Hospice in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS  66044

3 Condolences

  1. Linda Motter on June 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Your Dad, was always so kind and caring. You are in my prayers, I am so sorry for your loss. Linda

  2. BettyAnn Smith on June 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Even though he will be missed by all those who loved him, we know he has moved to a better place and his loved ones can be assured of seeing him again.

  3. Don Sitler on June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Dick was like a 2nd Dad to me, (being my father-in-law) he was a comfort to me when my Dad passed away in 1999. Dick had a strong “Constitution” about him. He is a wonderful person and Christian man. He will be missed, but he now lives in eternity with friends and family that have gone on before him. We love you Dick.

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