Francis Howard ‘Frank’ Paxton, 82, of North Platte, passed away at home
on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
Frank was born September 11, 1936, to Leon Glenn and Evelyn (McCarty)
Paxton in Marysville, Kansas. He grew up in North Platte where he
graduated from high school in 1956. Frank joined the Army and later
served in the Army Reserves. He began working various jobs in
construction and for glass companies before hiring on with the Union
Pacific Railroad in 1970, working as a Carman. Frank eventually retired
from the railroad in 1998.
In 1975 Frank became an EMT He served as a Volunteer Firefighter for 23
years and helped start the first scuba dive team in North Platte. Frank
was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 57 years and
became very devoted to the church over the past four years. He enjoyed
going out to eat and visiting with his favorite waitresses.
On June 26, 1960, Frank was united in marriage to Gracie Loretta Dunlap
at Franklin, Nebraska. They made their home in North Platte where they
celebrated 54 years of marriage and raised two children.
Frank is survived by his children, Daniel (Connie) Paxton, of Lincoln
and Teresa (David) Clouatre, of North Platte; eight grandchildren,
Victoria, Andrea, Nicholas, Cassandra, Jennifer, Kevin, Baylee and
Dalton; five great-grandchildren, Madison, Carter, Kaden, Magealena and
Darr; sister, Nancy Fisher, of North Platte; and many nieces, nephews
and other family.
Along with his wife, Loretta, Frank was preceded in death by his
parents, Leon and Evelyn; brothers, James Robert, Lynn, Wayne and Terry
Paxton; and sisters, Virginia Andersen, Ellen Sparks, Leona Paxton,
Glenndean Paxton, Helen Simco and Janet Pekrul.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, December
7, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church with Lyle Anderson
officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. The memorial book may
be signed at odeanchapel.com. or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Odean
Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the church or Volunteer Fire Department.
Odean Colonial Chapel – 302 South Sycamore – North Platte NE 69101 – 308-532-1450