IRON MOUNTAIN – Frank J. DiBiase, 94, of Iron Mountain, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at ManorCare surrounded by his family and the wonderful, caring staff at ManorCare. Frank, affectionately known as Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Hot Dog and #1.
He was born on Jan. 14, 1920, in Stanford, Conn. His mom and dad, Anthony and Filomena (DeLorata) DiBiase had immigrated from Capistrano, Italy and shortly after he was born they moved to Iron Mountain. His dad died when Frank was a baby so he grew up with his mom and brothers, Joe, Tony and Valerio; and his sister, Minnie, all of whom preceded him in death.
As a young boy he cleaned spittoons at the local bar and dropped out of school to join the Civilian Conservation Camps (CCC) to help his mom. On March 17, 1942, Frank joined the United States Army. He served his country as a demolition leader during World War II in Papua New Guinea, the Western Pacific and the Philippines. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star, and six Overseas Services Bars. He was honorably discharged as a tech sergeant in 1945. Frank was very proud to be a veteran.
When he returned home from the war, Frank married Lois Mattson on April 13, 1946. They were married for more than 60 years before she passed on Oct. 20, 2006. Dad took loving care of mom while she was ill and he has now joined her in Heaven to celebrate their anniversary.
Frank worked for the Ford Motor Co. for many years and was also a foreman for Lindberg Construction in Chicago. After retiring, he and Lois spent many happy winters in Florida with family and friends. They loved traveling, going to the casino and spending time with family and friends.
Frank is survived by his daughters, Yvonne (Thomas) Sericati and Cindy Reynolds; six grandchildren, Tami (Jerry) Higgins and Traci Sericati, Johnny (Rhonda) Reynolds, Bradley Reynolds, Steven Reynolds and Nick (Brittany) Reynolds; seven great-grandchildren, Madisun, Catelin, Tyler, Hunter, Hayley, Meena and Lyla; many nieces and nephews, including Josephine Freeman and Janet Friedman who were always there for him; his sister-in-law, Dee Mattson; and his brother-in-law, Davy Mattson; sister-in-law, Sally Mattson.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
The funeral service will follow Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. James Lindgren will officiate.
Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park. The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will conduct military graveside services.
Pallbearers will be John Reynolds, Brad Reynolds, Steve Reynolds and Nick Reynolds.
He was blessed to live a long, happy life and now has gone to join all those who passed before him.
Condolences to the family of Frank DiBiase may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.