William Frank II

November 5, 1937September 28, 2020

On Monday, 28 September 2020, Air Force Veteran, William Frank II of Martinsburg, West Virginia passed away after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born on November 05, 1937 in Queens, New York to Felix and Angeline Frank. Bill retired from the United States Air Force after 21 years of honorable service, serving tours in Vietnam and throughout Europe and the United States.

His friends and community best knew Bill because of his love for the railway. After his second retirement as a defense contractor he pursued his passion through photographing and studying trains throughout the world. He used his knowledge and talent to design and build 0 gauge models for Aristocraft Trains. In 1994 he was one of the driving forces behind the placement of the first trains around the National Christmas tree. He continued to do so for the next 12 years.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Angeline Frank of Long Island, New York, his wife Edith Frank of Charles Town, his son David Frank of Washington and two grandchildren, Timothy L. Frank II and Hope M. Christian, both of Virginia. He is survived by four children, Timothy Frank of Nevada, William Frank III of Georgia, Paul Frank of Washington and Robin Christian of Tennessee. Bill was also the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren, Cynthia and Christopher Frank, Thena Camden and Robert Frank, Angeline Christian Miller and Andrew Christian, and Christina Frank Washington, and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was also survived by his sister, Linda Frank of Long Island, New York and nephew, Michael Santangelo of Maryland.

Bill will be buried with Military Honors on Tuesday at 2:00 PM at the Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York.


  • Committal Service & Interment

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020


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Bonnie Gallagher

October 11, 2020

RIP, Dearest Bill...My deepest sympathies are conveyed to Bill's family. I was among many fortunate to have Bill share my life's journey. I could never thank (this incredible man) for the many kindnesses he extended. Bill and I shared a few roadtrips which were filled with Bob Segar songs, laughter, & childhood stories. Bill was so entertaining, intelligent & caring...he was proud of his children & loyal to his friends. I regret not being there for him these last few years & will keep his memory alive as he was a man one could never forget.

Larry & Evelyn Tennyson

October 6, 2020

We were part of Bill's train world. We enjoyed sharing trains with Bill
and he introduced us to the National Christmas Tree.
We will miss him.
Larry & Evelyn Tennyson

Linda Frank

October 3, 2020

My brother, Billy, lived the life he wanted. He was clever, reckless and adventurous. He broke the bonds of pedestrian Queens to travel the world with the United states Air Force. His heroic efforts to save what was left of the Grumman installation in Iran during the 1979 coup came to my folks and I through ham radio operators at the Grumman plant in Bethpage. He was the source of many tears, but much laughter too. He is now with his beloved, Edie. And I know they are happy together. Rest easy, Soldier.

Barbara Holmes

October 3, 2020

Robin, Billy, Paul and Chip...we send our LOVE and PRAYERS to each of you as we remember your Dad and honor his life. May his MEMORY be a BLESSING!
Aunt Barbara and Grandma.


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