February 13, 1939 – May 3, 2014
Gerald Frank, 75, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center due to complications associated with prostate cancer. Gerald was born on February 13, 1939, in Southampton, NY, the son of Harry and Dorothy (Lazarus) Frank. Gerald proudly served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1962. He graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1967 with a Bachelor's Degree and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in 1970 with a Master's Degree. Gerald married Carolyn Stahlhut on August 29, 1970, in Lincoln, IL. He served the Springfield community for many years as a social worker at Memorial Medical Center's Psychiatric Unit until retiring in 2001. Outside of work, Gerald was an avid runner. He ran and completed numerous road races including two marathons, three ultra marathons, and two 24-hour races. His best marathon was completing the 1984 St. Louis Marathon in 3:01. His best 24-hour race was completing 101 miles during Springfield's 1981 24-Hour Race at Memorial Stadium.
Gerald was awarded Springfield Roadrunners Master Runner of the Year in 1986 and Hardcore Runner of the Year in 1985. Upon completing his many years of running, Gerald volunteered at St. John's Breadline, and was a part owner of Cigars for Aficionados. Gerald is survived by his loving wife Carolyn of Springfield, his son Nathan (Ashley) Frank, 3 grandchildren; Madelyn, Jonah, and Aubrey, of Naperville, IL, a brother David (Gioia) Frank of Fresno, CA, sisters-in-law; Barbara Thake, Margaret (Michael) Webster, and Mary Shattuck, as well as several nieces nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents. Cremation rites will be accorded by Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL, 62711, where a memorial celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 5-7 pm. In lieu of flowers those who wish to may leave a memorial in Gerald's name to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Springfield, IL.
- Memorial Celebration Tuesday, May 6, 2014
- Military Honors Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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May 7, 2014
So sorry I couldn't attend the memorial service. I worked with Jerry at MMC where he was known as the "group therapy guru". I send my sympathy to his family and friends. I am so saddened to hear of his death.
Jim and Gladys Hajek
May 6, 2014
I will always remember Jerry with a smile on my face. We shared many good times together and sometimes found ourselves straining to get to the finish line first! He made me a better runner and also a better person. Carolyn, you and Nathan are in our thoughts and prayers.
May 5, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Frank and the family. I really enjoyed his stories and little life lessons at the cigar shop. After he found out my mother was a Marine during WWII we bonded and he became more than just one of my customers; he was a friend and I'll miss him. Tell mom "Semper Fi", if you happen to meet up with her on that side. Rest in peace my friend.
May 5, 2014
So sorry to hear this. We lost touch over the last few years, but the times we spent smoking cigars and drinking coffee were priceless.
May 5, 2014
So sorry Carolyn, Nathan and family to learn of your loss. 'Jerry' was a great friend.
The message in the paper eloquently described his active lifestyle. I remember the genesis of him determining to get into shape. In the mid 70's, we had a picnic celebration for the Dept of Psychiatry. Joining in a softball game, Jerry had made his way around to third base. When the batter got a base hit, Jerry thought he could chance scoring, so he rushed for the plate. About three-quarters of the way home, he pulled both hamstrings and hobbled around the hospital (and everywhere else) for a few weeks. He lamented how poor his conditioning was and determined to reverse the decline. He began walking as soon as he was able, then added the running - as slow as it was at first. The rest of that story is in the records.
Many cherished memories of our five years working together!
May 5, 2014
I worked @MMC for 30 years and remembered him walking the halls at a very fast pace and a smile on his face He will be remembered in our prayers
May 5, 2014
Rest in Peace Marine. Semper Fi.
May 4, 2014
What a beautiful remembrance of a beautiful man. Carolyn, you ran the race with Jerry in so many ways. Your love for each other will never leave you running alone. Love and blessings now and always.