Maple, age 90 of Brooksville, Florida formerly of Chesterton, Indiana,
passed away comfortably at home on April 5, 2019.
He was born and
raised on a farm in Kokomo, Indiana, to Dorey and Martha (Smith) Maple, both
of whom preceded him in death.
On October 19,
1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jean LeMaster. Frank and
Jeannie began their life together farming. Early In their marriage, he left
farming and began his career in all things trucking, from driving to
management and then sales. Frank and Jeannie enjoyed 70 years of marriage
and he was her devoted caregiver after she became ill until her death on
April 11, 2018.
He is survived by
their six children: Janice (late P. David) Pardue of Brooksville, FL, Rea
(Bill) Taubert of Porter, IN, Beth (Jeff) Crothers of Chesterton, IN, Terry
(Kim) Maple of Chesterton, IN, Maria (Bob) Poparad of Burns Harbor, IN and
Mary (Reg) Bramlett of San Diego, CA.
Also surviving are
his twenty-five grandchildren: Michelle (Morry) Osborn, Kari (Joel) Wharton,
Chad (Lisa) Pardue, Abigail (Elliott) Blount, Cortney Reid, Lauren (Raimond)
Moran, Seth (Megan) Pardue, Lisa (Brad) Gaff, Jaime (Matthew) Smith, Bill
(Shelby) Taubert, Kati (Drew) Smith, Lora (Ben) Watkins, Joe (Ashley)
Crothers, Erin (Shay) Bozetarnik, Lindsay (Craig) Beatty, Matt (Megan)
Maple, Kathleen (Josh) Gerber, Kelley (Mike) Killebrew, Bob (fiancˇ, Amber
Edwards) Poparad, Christina (Ken) Albright, Melanie (Jeremy) Kelly, Jessica
(Josh) Foote, Janel Bramlett, Julie (Ian) Ravn and Jasmin (Jason) Hartnell,
as well as his 63 great-grandchildren and two little ones on the way this
spring and summer.
Frank is, also,
survived by his sister, Mildred “Susie” Middlesworth and his sister-in-law,
Betty Lou Maple, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his
beloved wife, Jeannie, his parents and his son-in-law, Dave Pardue, he is
preceded in death by his brother, Richard Maple and his brother-in-law, Bill
Frank is remembered
for his love of the Lord and His Word. He served as an Elder in each of the
Christian Churches where they worshipped, in Chesterton, IN, Worthington,
OH, and Dade City, FL. In the later years, they were members of CrossPointe
Christian Church in Valparaiso, IN and Christian Church in the Wildwood in
Weeki Wachee, FL.
remember what a fun dad he was and the many trips to the State Fair. In
recent years, he always had a pocketful of tootsie rolls for the
great-grandchildren and some of them called him Grandpa Tootsie, but most
called him Grandpa Great. He had a sharp sense of humor and always enjoyed a
good laugh. Frank played basketball and baseball in his youth and enjoyed
bowling, golfing, playing euchre, gardening, woodworking and was a beekeeper
in his later years. He was active in the Little League. He always enjoyed
keeping up with farming news. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed hearing
other people’s stories. He was rarely seen without a toothpick in his mouth.
A Memorial Service
will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., at CrossPointe
Christian Church in Valparaiso, IN. Officiating the service will be longtime
friend and minister, Marshall Hayden.
The family will
receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.
Memorials may be
given to CrossPointe Christian, Valparaiso, IN, or Christian Church in the
Wildwood, Weeki Wachee, FL, or HPH Hospice, Brooksville, FL.