Frank Burnham, age 88, of Orrick, passed from this life to his heavenly home Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.
Frank was born Sept. 26, 1930, to Austin Ward and Laura Brooks (Brady) Burnham.
Frank graduated from Orrick High School in 1948, served two stints in the US Navy, and attended linotype curriculum school at the University of Missouri. He worked at several newspapers in Missouri and Wyoming, and was a sales representative for Midwestern Paper Company.
After returning from the Navy, friends introduced him to Lois Rose Kavanaugh, who moved to Orrick in 1952 to teach home economics. They married May 21, 1955.
Frank was a 50-year member of the American Legion, a board member of Orrick Senior Housing and a longtime member and trustee of the Orrick Methodist Church. He enjoyed golf, yardwork, gardening and keeping up with all things related to farming and agriculture. His quick wit and easy-going nature drew people to him, and he truly made friends wherever he went.
Family was everything to him. He was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandsons. Sharing time with him was the blessing of their lives.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Burnham; children, Lori (Clay), Kim and Jeff; seven grandchildren: Garrett (Julie), Abby and Austin Withers; Tyler and Luke Gerson; Alex and Elizabeth Burnham; and two great-grandsons, Carson and Mason Withers, with a third arriving this spring.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Louise; and brothers, William and John Austin. With thankful hearts, we celebrate the life of one of the great ones. May we honor him by the way we choose to live.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at the Orrick Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the church or Shirkey Hospice.