Frank J. Truskot, Sr., 87, of Lorain, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born in Lorain on November 1, 1924 and had been a lifelong resident.
Frank joined the U.S. Navy on May 20, 1943 and went to boot camp training USNTS Great Lakes, Illinois. After boot camp, he was shipped to USN Per. Dist. Ctr. Pleasanton, California. Aboard the USS Essex (CV9) Air Craft Carrier, nicknamed the “oldest and the boldest” he served to support his troops during World War II until he was Honorably Discharged in 1946. Frank received several medals during his tenure including the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Service Medal with 12 Battle Stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Battle Stars, American Area Campaign Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Frank married Florence J. Novak on February 11, 1950 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Slovenian Church in Lorain, of which they were members, and honeymooned in Niagara Falls New York. Building a new home and raising six children was one of the milestones in his life. He and Florence were married for 54 years. He enjoyed spending time with family, hunting, fishing, trapping, collecting Avon bottles, and in his later years, vegetable and flower gardening. Frank also avidly enjoyed dogs, animals and nature. He worked at U.S. Steel in Lorain for 31 years in Electrical Maintenance, having retired in 1981.
Survivors include his daughter, Francine Marie Quan of Phoenix, Arizona; sons, Frank Joseph Truskot, Jr. and Frederick Joseph Truskot, both of Lorain, Florian Joseph Truskot of South Amherst, and Floyd Joseph Truskot of Oberlin; five grandchildren; brother, Edward Truskot; and sister, Barbara Galant, both of Avon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence (nee Novak); daughter, Francine Jane Truskot; parents, Stan and Sofia (nee Matika) Truskot; brothers, Stanley and Antone; and his sister, Mary Bacon.
Friends may call Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 5 to 8 P.M. at Wyers Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp., where Closing Prayers will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 10 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St Frances Cabrini Parish at 10:30 A.M. The Rev. John C. Retar, Pastor, will officiate. Burial with Full Military Honors provided by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 of Lorain, will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.