Born: February 23, 1933
Died: March 30, 2014
A celebration of life for Eugene A Frankhouser, 81, of Lompoc will take place on Friday, April4, 2014, at 10 am, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, followed by entombment at Calvary Cemetery In Santa Barbara. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm, and the Rosary will be 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 3, at Queen of Angels.
Gene was born February 23, 1933, to Raymond and Jewell Frankhouser of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. It was there he met the love of his life, Cecelia (Cee) A. Frankhouser, with whom he shared nearly 55 beautiful years until her passing in 2008.
A 20-year United States Air Force veteran, retired Master Sergeant Frankhouser's service included both aircraft maintenance during the Korean Conflict and ground level developmental work of the Atlas and Titan missile programs. It was the latter that brought the family to the Lompoc Valley in 1964. After his military retirement in 1972, Gene was employed as a director of safety programs for ITT Corporation on Vandenberg AFB until 1992. After his second retirement, the inseparable team of Gene and Cee devoted much of their lives to community service and support of faith-based programs throughout the area. Gene was looking forward with great anticipation to the day he would reunite with her.
Gene's passing after a brief illness was peaceful. He was surrounded and supported by family to include his son Douglas R. Frankhouser and his wife Julie of Lompoc, his son Colonel Jeffrey E. Frankhouser of Cheyenne, WY, and his special spiritual daughter Beverly J. Wilson of Lompoc. He was blessed with seven grandchildren and three godchildren, all of whom he was so proud and loved with a full heart. He was a mentor, a spiritual advisor, and a father who never failed to love and provide for all "his children.” He taught us to laugh often, love greatly and to meet every day with faith, humility and a spirit of giving. He will be missed, but most importantly remembered fondly by all who knew him.
In Lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105