William Frank Howell

May 1, 2020

William Frank Howell, 83, of Frankfort, died May 1, 2020 at his home.  He was born October 20, 1936 in Fitchburg, KY to William Francis & Mildred (Scott) Howell.  He married Patricia Ann Fahnestock on May 10, 1966 and she survives.

Frank was a veteran of the National Guard as well as the U.S. Army and was stationed in Boston. He worked for Bruno’s and The Pub in Lafayette, then worked for Pizza Hut starting up new franchises. He was route manager for Crown Laundry in Lafayette and later a warehouse manager for Schnaible’s in Indianapolis. After retirement he worked at Walmart in Frankfort and for the Journal and Courier. He also worked at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield mowing the baseball fields. Frank liked to fish, squirrel hunting, was a sharp shooter, and enjoyed golfing.

Visitation and Services

No services are planned.

Survived by:

Wife: Patricia Howell of Frankfort, 3 Sons: William Patrick (Maria) Howell of Frankfort, David Michael Riley of Ohio, Brian Riley of Kentucky, 3 Daughters: Patricia Leanne Gomez of Texas, Diane Michelle Cox of Ohio, Kelly Anne McFall of Kentucky, 2 Sisters, 4 Half-Sisters, 16 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren also survive.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant brother, William Francis Howell.


Leave your Condolences

11 Condolences for “William Frank Howell”

  1. Carol Scott May 3, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Dear Pat and family,
    So sorry for your loss! Will miss him coming and picking up your books.
    With Deepest Sympathy!
    Carol Scott

  2. Kathy Denniston May 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Billy, Maria…
    Joel and I are so very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Frank was a special kind of gentleman. He was so proud of you! Our hugs and prayers are being sent to you all.
    Joel and Kathy

  3. Coleen Wanagitis May 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Frank was a good man. I have many fond memories of him. He was so funny and kind. I know he will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him. I know my mom and dad greeted him with a smile. All of you will be in our prayers. LOVE to all of you.

    • Patricia Gomez May 20, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you, Coleen, I know he always thought very highly of you. Thank you for your prayers!

  4. Sandee Pickard May 5, 2020 at 11:49 am

    I worked with Frank in the garden center at Walmart. I really liked working with him, such a really sweet guy.

    • Patricia Gomez May 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you, Sandy. I remember that he really enjoyed working in the garden area. He had such a green thumb, and many people benefited from it. Thank you for your kind words.

  5. Nancy Sullivan May 5, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Dear Pat and family. We all were very sad to hear of Frank’s passing. He sure will be missed. Love all of you. Nancy & Jesse

  6. Thomas Kent May 6, 2020 at 7:57 am

    I worked with Frank at the Pub in the mid 70’s. I recall him as such a pleasant and even tempered man who ran a very efficient kitchen of which the many customers who frequented the Pub would consistently rave about the comfort food prepared by his hand. He never missed a day of work to my best recollection and Bud Long told me how fortunate he was to have Frank in his employ. My condolences to all in his family and to the many he connected with in this life. He has achieved his final reward and may he rest in peace.

    • Mrs. Frank (Pat) May 20, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you, Tom, for your kind thoughts. Frank’s aim was to give every customer their moneys worth and I believe he accomplished that. He taught me to flip pizza dough in 20 minutes when we first started at the Pub and when I complained that my rings were tearing holes in the dough he told to take them off. I was worried about working in a bar without wearing my wedding ring on until I heard Bob Aveline introduce me as “Mrs. Frank” and knew I had nothing to worry about! We also had many good memories of the Pub.

  7. Shan Shelley May 6, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Bill, I’m so sorry to hear that your dad has past away. Just know you will see him again when we all are called up to heaven. Just remember the good times you had with your dad. You take care. Shan Shelley

  8. Joe Moss May 14, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    To the family, Frank was my route supervisor when I worked at Crown Laundry for a few years around 79-82. I can honestly say he was the best route supervisor there, with the best work ethic of anyone I have ever worked with. When I would get to work most days my truck was already loaded by Frank and waiting on me. When he rode my route with me he would be out of the truck clothes, shop towels or what ever in hand before I could get out of my seat, on those days I would get done over an hour early. All I had to do on the day’s he rode with me was drive the truck handle the paper work and money. Frank was one of the good guys and the time I worked with him made a lasting impression on me. Even after nearly 40 years I have thought of him often and with deep respect.

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