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Colonel (ret) Francis W. Fender, 99, was a victim of the cruel and deadly COVID-19 virus. He died with his daughter Linda at his bedside in Oklahoma City on Nov 27, 2020.
Francis, known to his family and friends as Frank, is survived by his two daughters Janet Fender and Linda Lutes, granddaughter Darcy Lutes, sons in law, and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Frank was an extraordinarily loving and caring father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
Frank enjoyed an exceptionally fulfilling and successful life, professionally and personally. He embraced the challenges of his assignments around the world throughout his 30 year career with the USAF. Integrity, consideration for others, and a quick sense of humor were his hallmarks. Frank selflessly gave unwavering love and support to his family and friends.
Frank will be remembered with a smile on his face, enjoying life to its fullest. He will be deeply missed. His spirit lives on within all of us.
A celebration of Frank’s life will be held when COVID-19 is conquered.
Dear Janet and Linda, I’m terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My Mother Kitty loved him as her father too. May my condolences bring you peace during this painful time.
The Bulgrin Family says
Love and condolences to Col. Fender’s family and friends. May many happy memories fill you with peace and comfort.
Barbara Langa says
I always enjoyed visiting Aunt Ann and Uncle Frank. They were so welcoming, kind and fun. Irv and I even spent part of our honeymoon with them when they lived at Kentucky lake. He will be sorely missed.
Pamela Suggs says
Mr. Fender will truly be missed. I was one of the care takers that took care of him. He was a very sweet man and funny at times. Linda and Janet my prayers will be with you.
Pat Langa says
I have been playing the Tim Stivers albums that Aunt Ann and Uncle Frank introduced us to, and enjoying martinis over crushed ice, another Uncle Frank introduction. We loved the pop in visits when they were “on the road” before settling at Kentucky Lake and then some here in Texas in later years. They were always fun to be around. My sympathy to all the Fenders. I also have a dozen of Aunt Ann’s zucchini recipes as one visit coincided with Don’s bumper crop of same. Kentucky corn recipe I made for Thanksgiving may have been from there too.
Marsha Coady says
Janet Stew and Little Sophie Tucker (as Joey used to call you),
My condolences on the passing of Uncle Frank. I remember the love and mutual respect between Aunt Ann and Uncle Frank.
I hope after this pandemic is under control that we can all meet and pay our respects to a great couple.
Evelyn’Toppy’ Hunt says
Grief is indeed overwhelming and more especially so under such miserable circumstances. Deepest sympathies to you Janet and Linda for the loss of your dear father. In my recall you were the essence of love and importance to him and trust you have you have the most precious of memories. Lots of love and hugs to you and yours. Toppy
Delphine Pfeiffer says
Your Dad was one a kind. When God made him He threw away the pattern. Know you will miss him terribly but he will be rejoicing in Heaven with your Mom. Keep those loving memories close to your hearts. Love, Del