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Franklin Ansel Knox

Franklin Ansel Knox

Franklin Ansel Knox, 91, died May 14, 2006 at his home in Medford, Ore. He was born to Leland and Elsie L. Knox on April 3, 1915 at his grandfather's ranch on Cove Creek in Wheeler County, Ore. With the exception of short stays in Salem and Eugene, Frank was raised on a homestead on the John Day River below Clarno until the family moved to Medford in the summer of 1922.

Frank graduated from Medford High School in 1934 and attended Southern Oregon Normal School, now known as Southern Oregon University. In September 1938, he married Vivian Hulbert who passed away in February 1971. In June 1972, he married Dorotha Pearce Straus.

Frank worked in the orchards, the saw mills and dairies as a young man. He also worked for the railroad, for Lockheed Aircraft and as a truck driver. In 1943 he joined the Navy and served with the 67th CB's in the South Pacific until late November 1945. In 1946 he and his brother, Galen, formed Knox Accounting Service and worked together until 1970 when they split the business. Frank sold his practice in 1982, but retained a few clients, so he didn't completely retire until 1990. He served with the State Board of Accountancy and was past president of the Oregon Accountants Association.

Frank's lodge associations include past Noble Grand Independent of Odd Fellows, past patron of Eastern Star, past treasurer of the Masonic Lodge, past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge, and Charter member and past president of Crater Lions Club. Frank loved hunting, fishing, bowling, amateur radio, flying his own plane, operating heavy equipment, horse back riding, working with cattle, and just being outdoors.

In addition to his first wife, Vivian, Frank was predeceased in death by his brother, Galen and his son, Leland R. He is survived by his wife, Dorotha; his sister, Lucille Williamson, daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bjornsen; his stepsons, Wayne and J. Warren Straus; grandchildren, Shannon, Anna Maria, Leif, Jenni, and Laurie; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 19, 2006 at 1:00 in the Siskiyou Memorial Park Chapel. Donations may be made to Lions Sight and Hearing Center. Arrangements by Perl Siskiyou Memorial Park, 541-772-4013.