Frank Ossmann Jr., 90, of Port Charlotte, Fla., joined, in a peaceful manner, his wife of 64 years, Irene, in heaven, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 24, 1923, in New York City, N.Y., to Frank and Harriet (nee Woebse) Ossmann.
His parents were both deaf and mute, and Frank to helped support his family through the Depression years. Frank joined the U.S. Navy on Aug. 7, 1941, right before the start of World War II. During his six-year Naval career, Frank was an Aircraft Mechanic, and a Tail Gunner on B-17s. He landed with the U.S. Marines on numerous Pacific Islands, were he saw intense fighting and was wounded on one such landing. He also had the dubious distinction of surviving the sinking of three Aircraft Carriers to which he was assigned, the last being the USS Lexington at the battle of the Coral Sea. Frank was honorably discharged following the war. Shortly afterward, he married Irene Rudowski and began work as an Aircraft Mechanic.
During the years that followed, Frank was promoted to lead Aircraft Mechanic for the official Aircraft of the President of the United States, which were designated “Air Force One” after 1953. At the same time, he bought a dry-cleaning store, had two children with Irene, and bought a home on Long Island, N.Y. Frank retired and moved to Port Charlotte in 1986. He cared for his wife Irene until she passed away May 31, 2011.
Frank is survived by his children, son, Frank K. Ossmann III; and daughter, Susan Ciambrone; along with five grandchildren, Frank J. Ossmann IV, Lauren Ciambrone, Devin C. Ossmann, Brandon N. Ossmann and Chelsea Ciambrone; and two great-grandchildren, Christian and Benjamin Ossmann. Rest in peace, Dad, Grandpa and Pop-Pop.
A Memorial service will be celebrated at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte, with Committal and Military Honors to follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens cemetery, also in Port Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Frank’s name are suggested to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2565 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Friends may visit www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.