Frank Brown Thacker Jr., 96, died Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at his home in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Frank was a native of Little Rock, a resident of Kaneohe, Hawaii for the last two years and former resident of Fountain Hill for 24 years. He served 30 years in the US Air Force, as a photo technician and lived much of his life in Arkansas and Washington State. He worked with and taught ceramics in retirement. Joining the fight of World War II in February, 1943 after his high school senior year was shortened to boost enlistments, Frank was part of the Normandy Air Offensive, plus battles in Northern France and the Ardennes Rhineland. During the twenty months he fought in Europe he earned these awards: Belgian Fourragère, Distinguished Unit Badge, EAME Ribbon with both Silver and Bronze Stars. In 1967 and 1969 Frank again returned to fight for his country, serving two tours of duty in Viet Nam. Frank believed one can’t simply join an organization, one must contribute. Over the span of his life he belonged to more than ten different Methodist Churches across four states. You’d find him assisting by printing bulletins, teaching Sunday School, or serving on the administrative board.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Marjorie Sawyer Thacker in 2017, his parents, Frank and Lucy Thacker, and a great-grandson, James Virgil Dew.
He is survived by three daughters, Anna “Looney” Thacker of Kaneohe, Hawaii; Vinita Carol Dew of Kirksville, Missouri, Dava Chrystola Zirnheld and husband, Jerome, of Toledo, Washington; his son, George Paul Thacker and wife Betty, of Darien, Connecticut; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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