August 21, 1934 - September 21, 2017
Frank Dyrus McNeely, born August 21, 1934, passed away at the age of 83 from a broken heart on September 21, 2017.
Frank was born in Taft, California to Milburn and Inette McNeely. For much of his early life, he was raised by his grandmother, Della Fairbanks. Frank loved Taft and enjoyed growing up in the small oil town where he could hunt and ride motorcycles, a passion he maintained throughout his life.
At the age of 17 while attending high school, Frank joined the naval reserves and shortly after enlisted in the Navy. This was during the Korean War and he served his two years on the USS Yancy as a signalman with the rank Quarter Master Seaman. Upon discharge from the Navy, he returned to Taft and enrolled in Taft College to obtain his high school diploma. While there, he saw a cheerleader for Taft College named Patricia Hummer. He told his good friend that even though he did not know her, he was going to marry her. They were married on July 3rd, 1955.
Patti stayed with her parents in Maricopa, while Frank went on to Fresno State College where he majored in Criminology. After the birth of their first child, Patti and their daughter Susan moved to Fresno. In June 1956, he took a test to go on the California Highway Patrol. He placed 68th out of 10,000 who took the test. In March 1957 Frank reported to the academy for training and upon graduation in June, he was assigned to ride motorcycles in Compton. He would later transfer to Fresno and upon being promoted to sergeant in December 1966, his final assignment was in Ventura, California. He worked 28 years for the California Highway Patrol and said it was the best job he could have ever had.
Frank’s life can be noted as one of lifelong service. To his country, as a proud member of the Navy. To his state as a 28 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol. To his community, as a football, baseball and basketball coach, but also as a mentor to young men who did not always have a strong role model in their life. To his family, he was always there as an engaged, strong, caring and loving father, grandfather and great- grandfather. To his wife, he did not just love her, he adored her.
Their life together was a true love story. Prior to her passing, Patti had told Frank, she would prepare a place for him to come. The 26 days since her passing was the longest time they had been apart. They are hand in hand, side by side, together as they belong.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 62 years Patricia. He is survived by his daughter Susan Wilson and husband Darrell, his son Douglas and wife Kamala, and son Jeff and wife Debbie. He also will be missed by his 9 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Michele (husband Tim), his sister Dawn (husband Edward), and his brother Phillip (wife Linda) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Chapel service will be held Saturday, September 30th at 9 am at Erickson and Brown Chapel in Taft California. Graveside service will follow at West Side District Cemetery. A joint celebration of life memorial for Frank and Patricia will be held at a later date in Ventura for those unable to attend.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles or to the Ventura Chapter of the American Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in Frank McNeely’s name. If you wish to send condolences or sign online guestbook please visit www.ericksonandbrown.com