Frank Lanxon

Posted: Friday, April 07, 2000

Ninilchik resident Frank F. Lanxon died March 30, 2000, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Ninilchik American Legion Hall. His ashes will be spread on the beach at Ninilchik at a later date.

Mr. Lanxon was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Fargo, N.D., where he spent his early years. He later moved to Portland, Ore. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and was assigned to the 40th Construction Battalion in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Lanxon moved to Ketchikan, where he worked as a scaler. A short time later, he moved to Anchorage and went into partnership in the D & D Bar, which was destroyed in the 1964 earthquake and later rebuilt on Fourth Avenue.

He joined the International Union of Operating Engineers as a steam engineer in the 1970s and worked on dew sights. His last job was on the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup, just before his retirement in 1989.

Mr. Lanxon enjoyed hunting, fishing and clamming. He brought fresh clams to many in the community who were unable to dig for their own. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell stories related to his many life experiences.

The family said, "A man of his own convictions, yet generous and always willing to lend a hand, Frank will be missed by all those whose lives he touched."

Mr. Lanxon is survived by his wife, Elsie; brothers Conrad, of Brentwood, Calif., and James and Henry of Portland, Ore.; sisters Barbara, of Bakersfield, Calif., Janell, of Oceanside, Calif. and Betty, of Bend, Ore.; eight nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Legion Post 18, Ninilchik, AK 99639 or the Homer Elks Lodge No. 2127, 215 W. Jenny Lane, Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels.

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