First Posted: 1/6/2013
Frank A. Slapar, 81, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., beloved husband to his Schatz Anna Slapar for 54 years, passed away peacefully, at home, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved.
If love could have saved him, he would not have died, but he will be remembered for his heart of gold, selfless ways and the love and generosity he showed to others.
He was born on Feb. 27, 1931, in Luzerne, to the late John and Lena Slapar.
He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Antoinette, Mary, and his brother, Joseph.
Besides his wife, Anna, Frank is survived by his daughter, Theresa (Glen) Pappas, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; grandchild, Stephanie; great-grandchild, Sophia; as well as brothers, John Slapar, Luzerne; Rudy (Ann) Slapar, West Wyoming; sister, Helen Gallagher, Shalimar, Fla., and sister Dolores (Albert) Urbanovich, Wayne, N.J., nieces, Helene and MaryAnn; and nephew, Tony.
He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and retired with the rank of senior master sergeant. While stationed in Munich, Germany, Frank met and married the love of his life, Anna.
Frank was a recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the Bronze Star for his 12 months of service in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Frank worked at Mercy Hospital, in Wilkes-Barre, for 20 years before relocating to Teresa Village in Fort Walton Beach to be near his daughter Theresa.
Frank would like to be remembered as a civic-minded person who took joy in helping others and serving his community. He will be remembered for championing the development of three softball fields and a recreational park that bears his name in West Wyoming. He will be most remembered for his work with the Air Force Enlisted Village, where he organized resident trips, special events and other activities for which he was honored with the Frank Willis Award for Volunteer of the Year.
Frank was a loving and generous man who always had a smile and a joke for everyone he met. He will be missed beyond measure by his family and friends, and we thank God for the gift of his life and blessing of the time we spent with him. His singing of You are My Sunshine will forever be in our memories.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the members of Emerald Coast Hospice for the support over the last five months.
A memorial service was held at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, followed by a memorial service and burial with military honors in Beal Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Frank requested contributions be made to one of the donation opportunities for the Air Force Enlisted Village; visit www.afenlistedwidows.com or call 1-800-258-1413.