Frank Saunders Neely was born on January 17, 1934 to Freeman and Rowena Neely in Argentine, Kansas. After attending schools in Argentine, Frank transferred to Lincoln High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Frank was a gifted athlete and scholar, earning All City football honors. Due to his advanced academic status, in 1951 he graduated early from high school at age 17.
Soon after high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. Frank was stationed in Paris, France from 1951-1954. After an honorable discharge, he was employed by the United States Postal Service for 38 years until he retired in 1989. He retired from the postal service as the Station Manager of the Sugar Creek Station. After his retirement, he spent time working as a Bankruptcy Researcher with Boatmen’s Bank before having some health issues.
During his service with the USPS, he married Norma Jean Franklin in 1956. Together they were quite the team. They shared a love of sports, traveling, and hanging out with family. They were die-hard Chiefs fans, and most fall afternoons could be found at Arrowhead Stadium. Frank was an avid outdoorsman. He was known to hunt, raise beagles, build tomato cages, grow tomatoes, and spend a great deal of time outside – his sanctuary.
Frank shed his earthly bonds on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 1738. His parents, his children, Francine and Marcus Neely, and his older sister, Freida Russell, preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife, Norma, his sister, Sherrell Howard, and a host of nieces and nephews.
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