In Memory of Franklin T LUNKA SR

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Franklin T LUNKA SR
Franklin T LUNKA SR Franklin T LUNKA SR Franklin T LUNKA SR Franklin T LUNKA SR Franklin T LUNKA SR Franklin T LUNKA SR

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Service Date:   July 29, 2014, 10:30 am

Date of Birth:   December 17, 1927

Date of Death:   July 19, 2014

Service Type:   Funeral Service

Life Legacy:
Frank was born on December 17, 1927 to Frank and Anna (Arko) Lunka in Hibbing, Minnesota. Frank joined the Navy in December 1945 and was a Seaman Second Class. Frank married Ruth Mattila on February 16, 1952 in Virginia, Minnesota. Frank and Ruth had five children Susan, Kathleen, Nancy, Marilyn, and Franklin T (Ted) Jr. Frank and Ruth lived in Hibbing and Buhl for the first few years of their marriage until Frank took a job working for Reserve Mining in 1954 and they moved to Babbitt, Minnesota. The family lived in Babbitt until January 1967 when Frank took a job with the Milwaukee Road Railroad and they moved to Kent, Washington. Frank worked for the Milwaukee Road until he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in the early 80’s where he retired as a Brakeman/Switchman in 1992. Frank and Ruth traveled to Polka Fests all over the country after Ruth retired from the Boeing Company in November 1994. Frank was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Frank is survived by Susan Lunka (Jack Poltz) Auburn, Kathleen (Nandy) Rivera Bonney Lake, Nancy Schwehm (Richard) Kent, Marilyn Timlick Auburn, Ted (Connie) Franklin Jr Federal Way. Grandchildren James Schlicht Maple Valley, Todd Schlicht Kent, Nicholas Zander Puyallup, Megan Zander Groveport, Ohio, Christopher Timlick (Ashley) Coupeville, Alexander Lunka Federal Way, Taylor Lunka Federal Way. Great-children Todd Jr (TJ) Renton, Kaylee Zander Covington, Allie Zander Covington, Khloe Zander Puyallup, Luke Patrick Howard Groveport, Ohio, Ethan Carter Timlick Coupeville. Sadly Frank was predeceased by his loving wife Ruth (January 3, 2003) and great-grandson Trevor Joseph Wiley (April 13, 2013). Rest in peace dear Dad no more pain, thank you for everything you did for your “tribe”. We love and miss you Daddy Lunka. A Funeral Mass for Frank will be held on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:30 am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 327 2nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032, with Christian burial to follow at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, WA 98042

Messages of Condolence:

"Frank was an active and valued member of our SNPJ Lodge 738 for several decades, most recently serving as an auditor. He will be remembered as a strong supporter of the Slovenian culture and Slovenian music in particular. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to his entire family on their and our loss."
- Gary L. Gorsha

"My Father ( Bill Kapral) worked with Frank on the Milwaukee Road. I remember Frank at our house in Des Moines. Frank was a good friend to my Father when he was ill. Frank would make time to sit and visit my Father at his bedside. They would talk about their families and "the guys on the road". I would get a call from Frank ( usually on my birthday) periodically as he was checking on my Mom and we 3 girls. Frank will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Frank is with Ruth now so he is at peace. Helen Hendricks,Elaind Wyatt, Diana Heirlemier"
- Helen ( Kapral) Hendricks

"Frank worked with my Father on the Milwaukee Road . As a child I remember Frank at our home. Later in my adult years when my Father was ill, Frank would visit his bedside. They would chat about old times and their families. Frank would call me ( usually on my birthday) and always ask how my Mom, Sisters and myself were doing. He was such a caring man. I know Frank is with Ruth now so his heart is happy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed by all. Helen (Kapral) Hendricks, Elaine( Kapral) Wyatt & Diana ( Kapral) Heirelmiere."
- Helen (Kapral) Hendricks

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