Frank Vincent Weltner, 84, of Franklin, passed away at 9:58 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Erie.
Born June 20, 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio, Frank was the son of the late Clifford M. and Ellen “Susie” Deely Weltner. He was married to the former Phyllis E. Whitehill on March 30, 1949, and she survives.
Mr. Weltner was a retired Navy Lieutenant Veteran having served in WWII, the Korean Conflict, and during the Vietnam War Era. He was commissioned in the Navy on June 2, 1960. While in the Navy, Mr. Weltner’s duties as an officer included being an Electronics Installation and Maintenance Planning Officer for Naval Tactical Data Systems Equipment; a Ships Navigational Officer; and a Staff Engineer Officer. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the United Nations Medal – Korea, the Expert Pistol Shoot Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, and the Distinguished Pistol Shoot Badge. While in the Navy, Mr. Weltner served on Naval Destroyers, Naval Submarines, and also on Naval Research and Development Ships. He also served on Deep Sea Drilling Vessels and Exploration Research and Mapping Ships. Mr. Weltner retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant on April 30, 1973.
Frank was a graduate of Cranberry High School. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church inFranklin. He was past president of the Franklin Kiwanis Club, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year” 2005, a member of the Board of Directors of the DeBence Music Museum, a member of the Board of the Franklin Redevelopment Authority, and a member of the Oil Region Heritage Board. He was a member of Allegheny Valley Trails Association, was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Friends of Drake Well, Inc., the Venango County Historic Society, the American Legion, and was a former member of the Austin Healy Club of Southern California. Mr. Weltner was the recipient of the Admiral Nimitz Cup, and was invited to the 1968 Olympic Trials. He was Distinguished Marksman and 1967 Pacific Fleet Pistol Champion.
Frank was also a member of the Historic Franklin Preservation Association, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Military Officers Association, the Oil Region Alliance, the Allegheny River Stone Center for the Arts, the Heritage Advisory Council to the Oil Region Alliance, and a member of the Board of Directors of the former Franklin Club.
Mr. Weltner was employed by Global Marine Drilling Company as a Master Mariner until his retirement in December 1986. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, and was well known for his restoration of an old Victorian House on Elk Street in Franklin.
In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by his son, David T. Weltner and his wife, Shannon, of Downingtown, PA; and his daughters, Judy L. Gibbons and her husband, Tom, of Mariposa, California; and Susan K. Nash and her husband, Dan, of Lehi, Utah.
He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Kerri Gibbons and her husband, Rod Timmons, of Mariposa, California; Erin Statkus and her husband, Nick, of Redding, California; Christa Nash of Nampa, Idaho; Frank V. Weltner of Pittsburgh; Stephanie Parrott and her husband, Tayler, of Caldwell, Idaho; and Jennifer M. Boland and her husband, Nate, of Turtle Creek, PA; and his five great-grandchildren, Jackson, Clara and Molly Statkus, of Redding, California; and Patrick and Collin Parrott, of Caldwell, Idaho.
Mr. Weltner is additionally survived by his brother, Howard A. Weltner and his wife, Virginia, of Franklin; his sister, June DeLong, of Franklin; his sister-in-law, Margie Weltner, of Largo, Florida; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Weltner was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Donald and Robert Weltner; his brother-in-law, Richard DeLong; and his step-mother, Bernese Weltner.
Family and friends will be received at the Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin, on Friday, August 5, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services for Mr. Weltner will be held on Saturday, August 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, with the Rev. Dale Francis, former interim pastor of the church, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.
Interment will be in Brandon Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the DeBence Antique Museum – 1261 Liberty Street, Franklin PA 16323; the Franklin Y.M.C.A. – 111 West Park Street, Franklin PA 16323; and/or the Allegheny Valley Trails Association – Box 264, Franklin PA 16323.