FRANCIS JEROME "FRANK" SVERCLFrancis Jerome "Frank" Svercl, 84, of Duluth, (Fredenberg Township) passed away Thursday Jan. 23, 2014.
Francis Jerome "Frank" Svercl, 84, of Duluth, (Fredenberg Township) passed away Thursday Jan. 23, 2014.
He was born to Frank and Agnes (Seykora) Svercl on May 6, 1929 in Owatonna, Minn.
Frank grew up on the Svercl family farm in Sandstone Minn. In 1947, he left the farm to work for the Pittsburgh Steamship Division sailing the Great Lakes and was a very good seamen and earned his pilot’s license. In April of 1953, joined the United States Army where he served two years out of Fort Eustis Virginia, also working on the ships. He bought a service station on 21st Ave East and London Road in Duluth, “Franks Texaco”, selling the service station in 1962, he moved his family to a farm in Fredenberg and then went to work for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) in Duluth where he worked in The Right of Way Department and specialized in the design and inspection of many roadways for the next 33 years. His passion for agriculture led him to be a supervisor for the Soil & Water Conservation Department in Southern St. Louis County. After his retirement from the State, he worked as a road foreman for Fredenberg Township for almost 15 years.
Frank loved to hunt, fish and farm. His passion for the weather was noted every day in a diary and reported to weather watchers. He was an active member of the NRA, various Veterans Associations and was a giver to many charities. He made time for family and friends when he could. He will be deeply missed by all the lives that he touched.
He was preceded in death by parents; brother, Eugene “Bud” Svercl; first wife, Virginia Svercl (Okronglis); and granddaughter, Jesi Svercl.
Frank is survived by two sisters, Terese Molby of Brainerd, Minn., and Genevieve (Ray) Rosenving of Minneapolis; former wife, Helen Svercl (Bolen); two daughters, Susan (Robert) Leeds of San Francisco, Calif., and Diane (Gilbert) Carreon of Gresham, Ore.; two sons, Michael (Elizabeth) Svercl of Anoka, and Daniel (Lynn) Svercl of Duluth; six grandchildren, Phillip Svercl, Sofia Carreon Kralik, Leanna Carreon Petrone, Rebekka Svercl McClure, Jeremiah Svercl, and Katelyn Wight; step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 with wake prayers starting at 6:30 p.m. in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 1419 Saint Benedict St, Duluth MN, 55811. Visitation will continue Saturday Feb. 1, at 12 Noon, until the mass of Christian Burial starting at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Spring Hill Cemetery, Sandstone Minn., next to his mother and father in the spring 2014. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555 www.doughertyfuneralduluth.com