Friday, November 30, 2007

M. James “Sakk” Frankenfield - the passing of a dear friend


M. JAMES FRANKENFIELD M. James “Sakk” Frankenfield, 59, of Souderton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 in Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Twp.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Haas) Frankenfield with whom he celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary in June.

Born in Sellersville, he was a son of the late Merrill S. and Ruth (Moyer) Frankenfield. He was a US. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving three tours of duty from 1965 to 1969.

He was employed as a chemist and lab technician for Merck Sharp and Dohme in West Point for 38 years, prior to his retirement earlier this year

Mr. Frankenfield attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Souderton.

He was a member of the American Legion Warren Royer Post No. 234 in Souderton, Loyal Order of the Moose No. 1539 in Sellersville, and a lifetime member of the Sellersville VFW. He was a member of the Merck Sharp and Dohme Federal Credit Union since 1977 and served on its supervisory committee since 2004.

In his free time he enjoyed spending time with his family, soccer, hunting, fishing, boating, and rugby.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Stacy Frankenfield of Lansdale; two sons, Matthew Frankenfield and Dennis Frankenfield, both of Souderton; a brother, John Hedrick and his wife, Patti, of Denton, TX; and a sister, Jill Benner and her husband, William, of Perkasie.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at 12 Noon in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 69 W. Broad St., Souderton, PA 18964. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Souderton. Family will receive friends from 10 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, PA 18960 or to Emmanuel Lutheran Church at the above address. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford.

A special note:

What an honor it is, and how humbling it is, to have known such a fine man. Having served with Sakk in the 330th RRCo in Pleiku, Vietnam in '68-'69, I knew him to be one of those rare individuals that everyone called "friend." He was always there for the other guys when they were down in the dumps, missing their loved one's, when they were frightened by the daily sounds of war, or just needed a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. His endearing leadership qualities both in combat and in peace, personified "Duty-Honor-Country." In other words, Sakk was a "damn fine soldier!"

I will miss Sakk a great deal, but even within my sadness, I will always carry a smile in my heart whenever I remember him, knowing that he is now resting peacefully in our Savior's arms, receiving from our Lord what all of us at the 330th received from Sakk, namely, the love of a brother...

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