Sunday, December 6, 2009

Frank Roy Whitman, III

Frank Roy Whitman III, passed from this world December 2, 2009. He is survived by his mother, Elsie Whitman of Steele, North Dakota; his sisters and brothers-in-law Joyce and Ivan Thomsen of Kissimmee, FL, Nancy and Monroe Madson of Bismarck, ND and Elizabeth Whitman of Orlando, FL; his nieces and nephews-in-law Tara and Matthew Stewart of Snellville, GA, Sarah and Thomas Visco of Washington DC, Thora and Steve Yoon of San Antonio, TX and Gina Madson of Bismarck, ND; his nephews and nieces-in-laws Myron Frank Jr. and Kim Whitman of Cullman, AL, Derek Whitman of St. Cloud, FL, Kjeld and Vicky Thomsen of Northville, MI, Jason Madson of Minneapolis, MN and Eric Madson of Manchester, NH; his grandnieces Esther Yoon, Kelsie Thomsen, Jovana Thomsen and Jayde Madson; his grandnephews Jonathan Tharaldsen, Samuel Yoon, Michael Yoon, Maxwell Stewart, and Whitman Stewart. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Roy Whitman (1993) and his brother, Myron Frank Whitman (2003). Frank was born on March 22, 1949. His early years were spent on the family dairy farm in Pettibone, North Dakota. He earned two bachelor's degrees, a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NDSU and a degree in computer science from FMU. Inspite of his higher education, his love and talent was always to work with his hands, solving practical problems. He spent his early career working for the family business in Lake Williams ND, which built homes and ran a grain elevator, gas business and hardware store. He relocated in 1989 to Florida where he was in demand to lend his creative thinking and practical intelligence to any sort of construction problem. He will be always remembered and valued by his friends and family for his quiet ways and the willingness in his heart to help others. May he lay down his tool belt and rest in peace. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 11, 2009 at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 North KirkmanRoad, Orlando FL 32811.


Anonymous said...

I was shocked and saddened by Frank's death. My sympathy and prayers are with his entire extended family, Nora Whitman Sannes, Fargo, ND.

Elizabeth said...

I borrow the comforting words and wisdom of Robert Fulghum:

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death”

Kitty said...

Remembering Frank with that sheepish grin... that made you think he was up to something. We had great times back in the 90's when we "boot scooted" together at Cherokee station. We were a loosely knit group of country line dancers that looked forward to seeing each other 2-3 times a week. Dancing together made us seem like kids on the playground again. Good times! Frank's favorite dance must have been "Honky Tonk Attitude" because he was always the first on the floor when that music started!
With Fondness,
Kitty King, Sorrento, FL

Gene said...

Gene said...
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Frank Whitman several years ago. Frank seemed to have a creative flair to him in a way of helping people solve construction, remodeling, repair broken items and outdated home issues. In my opinion he loved helping people by making their lives easier with using his awesome creative ability. Sometimes we would discuss construction related issues he had with other projects he had been working for others. Frank helped me in many projects too numerous to mention. I had the pleasure of working with Frank all the while discovering his very kind creative nature. Frank was a deep thinker. Frank seemed to enjoy being in state of deep thought. Frank helped me solve several perplexing and sometimes difficult construction issue. I will be forever grateful for his creative, kind and gentle ways of solving problems. I will deeply miss my friend who always enjoyed helping others!

Anonymous said...

I had the opportunity to work with Frank a few times I was in Florida. It was a pleasure to visit with Frank at the end of the day, we would sit and talk about things that make life enjoyable. Frank will be missed but not forgotten. Bob Foote Sandusky Mi.

Trudy said...

What I remember about Frank was how handy he was and how he could fix anything around the house. He helped me on a few occasions fixing problems and doing painting in my house. I also remember how he always had a smile on his face.
In the 90's we would all go line dancing and he seemed to have found his niche.

Julchen said...

It was 1994 when Frank joined a bunch of us Country Western line dancing. He seemed quiet, reserved, but smiled easily.
It's hard to think that he is really gone.
Elizabeth did a great job writing Frank's curriculum vitae.
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Frank's family.

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Kjeld Thomsen said...

I ran across this Post (just typing in our families names). Reading everybodies memories of Frank and seeing the old photo's triggers a lot of good memories, and it is impossible not to smile and remember Frank!!!....

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