Frank J. Gaab 88, Mandan, passed away Saturday January 13th, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, with Fr. Shane Campbell officiating. Burial will be held at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 with a rosary at 7:00 at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Frank was born April 15, 1929 in Bismarck, the 10th of 10 children to Joseph and Eva (Neis) Gaab. He was raised in Solen and graduated from Mandan High School in 1948. He married Lina (Albaugh) in 1949 and together they raised their 10 children in the Bismarck/Mandan area. He was part of the construction crew that built the Garrison Dam, was a baker at Sweetheart Bakery for several years, and worked at Cloverdale Foods. He retired from Cass Clay Creamery after twenty five years, driving truck and delivering dairy supplies to various stores throughout the state. Frank was very proud to be part of the crew that built the wooden playground in Medora, because of the enjoyment that children received from this.
Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as camping throughout his life. Family road trips in the car were always an adventure with Dad. After retirement, Grandpa loved to play the game Farkle with his grandsons, as long as there was “skin in the game”. He loved to strike up conversations with people and talk to them about who they were and where they were from. A stranger was just a friend he hadn’t met yet. He enjoyed many years with his loving companion,Norma Wolfgram.
Frank was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, United Commercial Travelers, and belonged to the Moose Lodge.
Frank will be dearly missed by his three sons, Dan (Wanda), Wenatchee, WA; Francis, Sacramento, CA; Mike, Sacramento, CA; six daughters, Karon, Marysville, WA; Kathy (Mark) Heisler, Scottsdale, AZ; Pamm, Kailua Kona, HI; Nancy (Mark) Zarubi, Reno, NV; Claudia (John) Torrisi, Reno, NV; Michelle (Tracy) Vollan, Bismarck, ND; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and 1 brother Joseph (Violet) American Canyon, CA.
He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Lori Woodland, his parents, 2 brothers, 6 sisters, and two grandsons, Ryan and Jason.