Frank Wallace Loercher 1921 - 2012

FRANK WALLACE LOERCHER, age 90, passed away on July 27, 2012. Frank was born August 2, 1921 in Shawnee, KS to Florence and Frank M. Loercher. He graduated in 1939 from Wyandotte High School. He married Mabelle Weathers in 1942. Frank and Mabelle would have been happily married for 70 years this September.
Frank worked at North American Aviation during World War II and then entered the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bomb site specialist. Upon returning from the war Frank went back to work at the family business, established in 1919, OK Garage located at Nieman and Johnson Drive. In 1961, Frank relocated the OK Garage to a new modern facility at 59th and Nieman. Frank’s son-in-law, Jay Hamilton III took over the family business when Frank retired and continues to operate the garage in Shawnee.
Frank and his family enjoyed many happy times at the family lake house. Frank enjoyed taking Mabelle on many cruises and extended vacations around the world. In retirement Frank and Mabelle took up ballroom dancing, socializing with their friends.
Frank was a kind and gentle man who touched many lives. Frank was devoted to his family and believed working hard was the only way to move ahead. He was a loving husband, devoted father, and very proud grandfather.
Frank leaves his dear wife of 69 years, Mabelle; their son Frank M. Loercher and wife Patricia, residing in Athens, TX and daughter, Betty J. Hamilton and her husband Jay, residing in Shawnee, KS. Grandchildren include Joseph Loercher, deceased; Kimberley Midcap and Brian Loercher, residing in Athens, TX; Tammy Tetzlaff and husband August, residing in Leawood, KS; Jenny Ignowski and husband David, residing in Overland Park, KS; and Jay Hamilton IV and wife Brandi, residing in Liberty, MO. Great-grandchildren include Austin Loercher, Jessica Midcap, Zakary and Tyler Ignowski and Elliott and Blake Hamilton.
The family will be having a private memorial to honor Frank’s memory.
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