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Frank Theodore Bodnar, Jr.

Frank Theodore Bodnar, Jr.
  • July 18, 1918 - June 20, 2017
  • Austintown Township, Ohio

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“Our deepest sympathies to the Bodnar family at this sad time. Remember the good times and God give you the strength to get through these days and...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Joseph and Marion Chance

“Frank was a wonderful and kind man who had a kind word and smile for everyone with whom he spoke. I have never met a more patriotic or proud veteran....Read More »
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“Without a doubt Frank was a prime example of America's Greatest Generation! Rest In Peace Frank, you served your God, your family and your Country...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Jack and Katie Dailey

“Dear Linda, I was so saddened to learn of your father's passing. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the service. We are leaving for vacation...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Derrie Wilkes


A funeral service of full military honors will be held at 11 AM Monday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Frank Theodore Bodnar Jr., 98, of Austintown who passed away Tuesday evening, June 20, 2017, at Austinwoods Care Center. Frank was born July 18, 1918 in Etna, PA the son of Frank Sr. and Rose Bodnar. He was a graduate of Newton Falls High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII under General "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell in the CBI Theater of War stationed in China, Burma, and India. He spent 39 months in the jungles of Burma. During that time, he and 200 men of his unit marched across the Himalayan Range into China to ward off the Japanese invaders. He was one of the less than 100 men to return to base. Frank spent his R & R in Perth, Australia, which he described as the most beautiful city he ever saw. After the war, he married Helen Rocsiewitz and got hired at Packard Electric Plant 6 in Warren. Unfortunately, after a few years he and 4 others were fired for protesting poor working conditions. He then worked odd jobs to support his family. Working for East Ohio Lumber Company, Judge Lynn B. Griffith, Austin Village Plaza, and Armstrong's Farm in Champion. He finally was hired by Ajax Magnathermic, where he worked for 20 plus years. He was a great storyteller and put his 3 children to bed by telling them cowboy stories. For Sunday dinners, Frank raised and butchered chickens in his back yard, to make the best tasting roasted chicken one ever ate. He loved the outdoors, hunting and trapping in the winter. One very cold winter he took his children ice skating on Mosquito creek all the way from Youngstown Road to East Market Street, which is a distance of 3 plus miles through the woods. Frank was able to speak several languages, Polish, Russian Austrian to name a few. He loved polka music, bands and singing. Frank is survived by a daughter Linda Casey of Chicago, two sons, Richard A. of Chicago and Ken F. of Austintown, with whom he previously lived. He also leaves 5 grandchildren, Colleen, Ken, and Charlie Bodnar, Marleen Srok and Raechel Vega, 4 great grandchildren, Emily, Melanie Srok, Nathaniel Bodnar and Scarlett Vega, and one sister Pauline Kana of Austintown. Besides his parents, Frank was preceded in death by one brother, John and three sisters, Josephine, Ann, and Mary. Friends may call from 10 to 11 AM Monday at the Lane Funeral Home Austintown Chapel where services will be held at 11 AM.