Franklin D. 'Frank' Meinhardt


Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Kenai resident Franklin D. "Frank" Meinhardt died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at his home in Kenai. He was 70.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Kalifonsky Christian Center, Mile 17 of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Mr. Meinhardt was born March 6, 1934, in Owen, Wis., the son of August and Mary Meinhardt. He was a graduate of Owen Wisconsin High School in 1952. He and his wife, Judy, were married April 20, 1963, in the Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, Minn.

Mr. Meinhardt served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-74. He became a chief petty officer in 1968. His service included time spent in Adak; Bremerhaven, Germany; Norfolk, Va.; Kodiak; Keflavic, Iceland; Winterhaven, Maine; Sam Miguel, Philippines; Yokosuka, Japan; Homestead, Fla.; and his final destination, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, where he retired in 1974.

He served aboard the Comseventhflt communications ship USS Providence (CLG-6) and the U.S. Seventh Fleet flagship USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5). His commendations include such medals as the Combat Action Ribbon for services in Vietnam and the Navy Unit Commendation for exceptionally meritorious service in combat operations against enemy positions in both North and South Vietnam.

Mr. Meinhardt was employed by Montgomery Ward in Anchorage from 1973 to 1979, at which time he moved his family to the Kenai Peninsula to work for Action Marine, which he and Judy eventually purchased in 1987 and ran until last year.

Mr. Meinhardt is survived by his wife, Judith W. Meinhardt of Kenai; daughters, Lisa Meinhardt of Kenai and Sherry Meinhardt of Jacksonville, Fla.; and daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Larry Williamson and their children Joshua and Jacob, all of Jacksonville, Fla., and Amy and Lee Peterson and their children, Jonathan, David, Jeffrey and Amaris, all of Kenai.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Alaska's Extended Animal Life Sanctuary, Box 7545, Nikiski, AK 99635.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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