Frank A. Heldt
July 17, 1925 ‐ September 17, 2018
- Chicago, Illinois
- Resided In:
- Westlake, Ohio
- October 21, 2018 [ view details ]
- October 21, 2018 [ view details ]
BAY VILLAGE – Frank Albert Heldt, 93, a 56-year resident of Bay Village, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 17, 2018. He was preceded in death by the joys of his life, his wife of 66 years, Marjorie, and sisters LuElla Madden and Evelyn Cichy. He is survived by his three sons Gary (Joy), Jeff, and Bruce (Karen); grandchildren Drew, Jake, Lauren and Meredith, and many nieces and nephews.
Frank was born July 17th, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Lucille Heldt and graduated from Carl Schurz High School in June 1943. He played football, baseball and ran track at Schurz, where he was named “Most Popular Male” in his senior class. Shortly after graduation, Frank served his country in WWII, enlisting in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in the 9th Air Fighter Force in France, Belgium and England, before landing at Normandy, France on June 11th, 1944. He served by repairing airplanes and building air strips. Frank was awarded numerous medals for his service, including the Silver Star.
Frank returned to Chicago and enrolled at Wright Junior College, where he was named MVP of his football team in 1946. From there he went on to play at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in business, where he was also active in his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. On December 26th, 1950, Frank married his college sweetheart, Marge. He started his sales career shortly there after, and spent the next 40 years in the healthcare field, working his way up to a Regional Sales Manager position. Frank worked in Baltimore and Indianapolis, before settling in Cleveland. He traveled extensively around the Midwest in the 60’s and 70’s, winning numerous sales achievement awards. In 1989, Frank received Schering-Plough’s highest company award, the “Hall of Excellence”, for achievement, honesty, leadership, integrity, loyalty, dedication and professionalism. Those values epitomized his life. Frank also coached his son’s baseball teams every summer, making friendships with every player he coached. Frank was active in Bay Village as President of the Bay Men’s Club and the Bay Rocket’s Association, as well as being involved with the Friends of the Bay Library. In 1972, he co-chaired the fundraising effort to build a new football stadium at Bay High School. He was a volunteer for the Bay Senior Center, and coordinated the effort to bring cable television to Bay Village. Frank cherished his family and attended nearly every one of his son’s high school sports, academic honors and musical performances. Frank retired in July of 1990 at the age of 65. He and Marge spent the next 10 years traveling to Alaska, Indianapolis, Canada, England, Seattle and most often to Chicago to visit family and friends, often attending their high school class reunions. He was a regular at Cleveland Indians, Browns and Bay Rockets games for over 50 years. He attended most of his grandchildren’s sporting and musical events, and was blessed to attend almost all their high school graduations.
Frank was a person you would never forget if you met him. He loved meeting and talking with people and always had kind words for everyone he met. He was a caring and compassionate man, always putting the needs of his family and others before himself. As a testament to the bond he had with his sons, he was the “best man” at both of his son’s weddings. He was the ultimate giver, touching many lives. People considered him “Mr. Bay Village”, as he and Marge attended many community events. He was exactly the type of person that Tom Brokaw referenced in his book, “The Greatest Generation”. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Brookdale Westlake Village and Western Reserve Hospice for their wonderful care the past three years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held to remember and honor Frank on Sunday, October 21st at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake. Calling from 1:30 -3:30 PM, with a service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to “Bay High School’s "Rest~Relax~Rejuvenate Courtyard” remodel project, c/o: Gary & Joy Heldt, Attn: Beth Gergye, Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, 44140