Franklin W. Roark, 97, of Westville, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2011
at The Waters of Duneland in Chesterton.
He was born November 30, 1913 in London, Kentucky to Jess and Martha (Roark)
On March 21, 1936 in Crown Point, he married Irene Payne who passed away on
December 5, 1981.
Frank is survived by his daughters Norma Roark and Lois Sims both of Union
Mills, Vanda Cook of Walkerton, his sons Metro (Linda) Roark of DeMotte,
Calif., (Alice Ann) Roark of Lowell, Roger (Sharon) Roark of Michigan City,
and Jerry Roark.
Fifteen grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and two great-great
grandchildren also survive him.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two
brothers, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Frank was owner of the Evergreen Beagle Kennels for 40 years where he raised
many state and national field champions. He was a member of the Westville
Lions Club and the Northwest Indiana Beagle Club.
Earlier in life, he worked for Bawl & Knox where he poured tank hulls for
use during WW II, many years at Youngstown Sheet & Tube-Mittal Steel, and
retired as superintendent at the Michigan City Water Works.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, at the
Newhard Funeral Home, 58 W. Walnut St., Westville. Pastor Mike Eddy will
officiate. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of funeral
Memorial contributions can be made to the Westville Lions Club or the
Westville Historical Society.