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Franklin James Koth

December 20, 1932December 28, 2020

KOTH, Franklin, age 88,

Passed away on December 28, 2020. He is survived and much loved by his wife Arlene, daughters Judy and Nancy, son David, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Frank was born and raised in Odessa, Washington. He was an excellent tennis player and is named in the Odessa High School Athletics Hall of Fame. He held education degrees from Whitworth University and Portland State University and served in the Army. Frank was married to the love of his life, Arlene Kissler, for over 65 years. Frank spent over 30 years in education as a teacher, principal and administrator in Portland and the Spokane West Valley School District. He was very active in the Millwood Community Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years where he served as a deacon and elder. A memorial service will be held when possible at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Memorial gifts may be sent there. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Koth family. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.


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Gwendolyn Cash-James

January 15, 2021

Sincerest condolences to Arlene and the whole family. I remember Mr. Koth fondly from both Millwood School, as our principal, and from his very active contributions to the community through Millwood Presbyterian Church. He was always kind, thoughtful, and fair. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Goodwin

January 15, 2021

Dear Arlene and the Koth family,
I was so sad to hear of Frank's passing. Frank was such a source of encouragement and grace to me when I served at Millwood. He was a real blessing to many and we will miss him. I know the whole West Valley community and beyond is thinking of you and praying for you-- I pray you feel God's embrace through those prayers! Wishing you much peace and comfort. God bless you all. Hugs and kisses to you Arlene!

Lani Schorzman

January 13, 2021

To Arlene and Family, I'm sorry to her of Frank's passing. I always enjoyed the occasional visits with Frank throughout the years and the long ago remembered family visits and conversations with his parents Nathaniel and Dina while partaking in many delicious meals and desserts they all shared in over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.

Ted Wert

January 11, 2021

Arlene, David, Nancy and Judy

I was so sorry to read of Frank's passing. He was absolutely a wonderful guy, and I enjoyed every exchange I ever had with him. He was so courteous, intelligent, and had a great sense of humor. I hope that you can let me know when there might be a celebration of his life. He was one great fellow!

Ted Wert
Sagle, Idaho

Harley Frank

January 10, 2021

Franklin Koth was my high school tennis partner from 1948 through 1951. He and I were undefeated in Boys Doubles for all four years. The high school put us on their Hall-of-fame We were pretty proud of that. Franklin was a great man.

Joe Dawson

January 10, 2021

Arlene and Family, JoAnn joins me in extending our sincere sympathy at the time of Frank's passing. I sincerely respected Frank as a professional colleague but more importantly, I valued our friendship. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.
Sincerely, Joe Dawson

Frank and Jill Cobb

January 9, 2021

Dear Arlene and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Frank's passing but relieved to know he is no longer in pain.
Our friendship grew from living in The Greens as neighbors. Our many occasions sharing wonderful food and wine will stay with us forever and will be memories we cherish. Our visit with you in Arizona, as well as your visit with us in California, will always be special.
May you find peace in all the wonderful memories you shared with Frank.
Sent with love,
Frank and Jill

Manny cindy Hemmerling

January 7, 2021

To Arlene and family from our family to yours - our prayers,love and thoughts are with you .... I know many fond memories were made with unc and Aunt and my mom Margie. So enjoyed our time with you at moms 80th birthday , thank you for all the times you took time to stop in and see my mom... when passing thru Odessa . Frank such a vibrant and go getter loved people , his family and faith... feel our prayers and cares across the miles to you knowing you are loved... take care. Lovingly - Manny & CindyHemmerling /Colorado and Margie Schell

Teresa Landa

January 5, 2021

Dear Arlene. I cherish all of the years when we were neighbors, especially the December 20th celebrations when we would get together for the birthday twins, Frank and Lance. Thinking of you and your family members who were blessed to have Frank in your lives. Sending you love. Tere

Marcia Taylor

January 5, 2021

Dear Arlene and Family,

I was so terribly saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Frank was indeed a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I know my mom truly appreciated working with him in WVSD. And, it was such a pleasure for me to get to know you both in The Greens. God bless you all and give you many wonderful memories of all your joyous times with Frank.

In Christ,
Marcia Taylor