|Birth: ||Jun. 13, 1924|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 2009|
New York, USA
MORRISONVILLE — Franklyn R. Akey, 84, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 13, 1924, in Plattsburgh to Peter and Jeanne (LaFontaine) Akey. Frank graduated from St. John's Academy in Plattsburgh and Plattsburgh State University.
Frank served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945. He was a tail gunner in the central Pacific Theater and participated in the battle of Iwo Jima. He further served as aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps until 1949 and then enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant until 1957 as a fighter and test pilot. He was proud to be a member of the 320th squadron "Head Hunters."
Frank had a love for adventure and a love for life. He was a lifetime member of the Plattsburgh Rod & Gun Club, the American Legion Post 1619, the Elks Lodge 621, the Champlain Valley Leathernecks and was a former president of Beartown Ski Area.
Frank loved and excelled at athletics. He played three sports at St. John's and college baseball and basketball at Plattsburgh State University. He was a Louisiana State archery champion and Golden Glove boxer in his youth and enjoyed skiing, fishing and hunting. He was well known for his command of the 410 shotgun.
Frank loved his family, his business, his friends and had a special passion for flying and cars.
He was predeceased by his parents; and one sister, Marielle Bullen. He is survived by his wife, the former Lucie Remon of Morrisonville; his children and their spouses, Angela and Larry Nephew of Morrisonville, Patrick and Diane Akey of Plattsburgh, Joe and Karen Akey of Morrisonville, Debbie Akey and Kevin Petrashune of Morrisonville and Raymond and Jennifer Akey of Seaford, Del.; his grandchildren, Christopher, Joseph and Frank Akey of Plattsburgh, Patrick and Kristie Akey of Plattsburgh and Jacob and Isabel Akey of Seaford.
At the request of the family, private services will be held to celebrate Frank's life.
The R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh is in charge of arrangements.
Created by: Margaret E Munson-Quiles
Record added: Feb 01, 2010
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