Frank Joseph Ferraro

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  • Name: Frank Joseph Ferraro
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 19, 1926
  • Date of Death: January 25, 2013 (86 years old)
  • Parents: Tony and Margaret Ferraro
  • High School and Class: 1944 - Nashwauk High School, Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • College: 1946 - Attended Itasca Junior College in Coleraine, Minnesota
    Radio/Television and Communication School - Kansas City, Missouri
  • Highest Rank: RM3 (Radioman Petty Officer 3rd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Military Highlights:
    After graduation, Frank joined the United States Navy. As Radioman 3rd Class, in the Pacific Fleet, Frank's job was to communicate using Morse Code from ship to ship during World War II. He was also part of Task Force 31 Under Rear Admiral Badger and witnessed the surrender of the Japanese aboard the USS Missouri.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Frank studied pre-engineering at Itasca Junior College in Coleraine, Minnesota. He then attended the Radio/Television and Communication School in Kansas City, Missouri where he received a First Class Radio Certificate.

    Frank worked as a Radio Technician and on-air personality at Itasca Broadcasting Company (KOZY) from 1950-1959. In 1959, Frank went to work for Dairyland Electric where he worked until 1979, retiring as Assistant Engineer.

    Frank was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching his children and grandchildren play. He enjoyed gardening and was a member of Kiwanis and the Men's Club at First Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Marie; father, Tony; mother, Margaret; and a brother, John.

    He is survived by his daughter, Pamela (Guy) Clairmont; sons, Frank, Fred (Mary), and Tim (Beth); brothers, Ben and Tony; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

    Frank died after a 14 year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-B-30-24)

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