Aug. 4, 1931 - Sept. 21, 2013
SOUTH BEND — Ellsworth Frankson, 82, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Center for Hospice Care, South Bend.
To most, he was known as Frank. To his family and those at his church, he was Worth.
Born on Aug. 4, 1931, to Fred and Violet Frankson in Menominee, Mich., he was raised in Kenosha, Wis.
In March 1959, he met a beautiful, red-headed nurse named Linda Jones. He proposed to her within a week and they were married six weeks later. That happy union lasted 54 years and resulted in two children, Eric Frankson of La Quinta, Calif., and Heidi Frankson of Charlotte, N.C.
They survive, as do son-in-law Michael Hackett, grandson Eric Hackett, brothers the Rev. Richard Frankson of Grafton, Wis. and Bruce Frankson of Addison, Ill., and their families.
Ellsworth played a variety of stringed instruments.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served for four years aboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD-5 in the Pacific during the Korean War as a storekeeper petty officer.
He earned a degree in communications and economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then worked for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in Chicago.
He and his family moved to South Bend in 1969. He worked in sales and marketing for the housing and RV industries in Elkhart and South Bend until his retirement.
A member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, over the years he served as an elder, deacon, a certified Presbyterian lay leader, worked on numerous committees and sang in the Chancel choir. He was past president of the Sons of Norway, Knute Rockne Lodge 5-634. He performed in productions by Presbyterian Players and The South Bend Civic Theatre. He attended weekly sessions of the Tuesday Talkers and belonged to a Veterans Navy group called The Salty Dogs.
An outdoorsman, he enjoyed vacationing at the family cabin near Crivitz, Wis., and riding a motorcycle. He was an Eagle Scout and former Pack Master for the Boy Scouts of America.
Ellsworth wrote several books and poems. He maintained a large internet contact list and enjoyed sending e-mails about economics and politics.
He was proud of his Norwegian and Danish heritage and compiled Scandinavian and English family histories for both him and his wife. His research spans 14 generations from 1480 A.D in Setesdal, Norway, to the present day.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. The Rev. James B. Miller will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until the funeral. Graveside services will follow at Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend.
Contributions in memory of Ellsworth B. Frankson may be donated to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances St., South Bend, IN 46617.