TUPPER LAKE – Francis "Frank" W. Oehmke, of Mercy Living Center, Tupper Lake, and formerly
of Will Rogers, Saranac Lake, NY, Brushton, NY, and McColloms, Paul Smiths, NY., passed away Wednesday (May 10, 2017) the age of 101 years.
He was born in the Bronx, NY, the only child of the late Paul and Catherine (Gillick) Oehmke on June 16, 1915.
Mr. Oehmke was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II in Italy.
He was employed by Phillip Morris in N.Y.C, and later owned his owned tavern in North Pelham, N.Y. Having the summered in Rainbow Lake as a child for many years, he moved his family to McColloms, Paul Smiths, N.Y., in 1955. He worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway lock construction, and then for Shuler Foods as a branch manager until he retired in the 1970's
Mr. Oehmke served many years as a Boy Scout leader while in the city, and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.
He was a life-long member of the American Legion Post 3 939, and formerly a member of the Elks Lodge # 1479, of Malone, NY.
Je was predeceased by four wives: Grace (Cunningham), Eva (McBride), Frieda (Ahring), and Kate (Chatland). A marriage to Alberta (DeBarr) ended in a divorce, and she also predeceased him. A grandson Phillip Michael Duprey, Jr., and two son-in-law's: John F. Cullen and Philip M. "Brown Bear Duprey also have passed on before him.
Treasured memories will be forever in the hearts of of his four daughters: Catherine (Kitty) Cullen and her companion Jim Harding of Clermont, FL, Margaret (Madge Duprey, of Saranac Lake, NY, Grace Kent and her husband Bruce of Perkiomenville, PA., and Eileen McMillen and her husband, Charles of Eastgreenville, PA. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Anne (Nathaniel) Gibson, Brian Kent, and Mary (Ryan) Humphries and many nieces and nephews.
He was a caring father, and loving husband to our mother and step mothers. We didn't have a lot of material things growing up, but we always had food on the table, love and support. He taught us the essentials in life how to drive a car, standard and stick shift, how to o balance a checking account how to split wood and start a fire, how to split a 300 lbs. block of ice in equal sections with an ice pick and d how to shoot pool, and how to shoot pool. He would favor us on long car trips by singing lyrical songs we're sure he made up and we're sure he made up, and we became familiar with his expressions – "hells bells"- biggie.
He was a true gentleman, always tipping his hat and always opened doors for all women, well into his 90's and always kissed us hello, goodbye and goodnight. He was loved and will be sorely missed.
At his request there will be no public visitation. Interment will be private ad at the convenience of the family at McColloms Cemetery in Paul Smiths, NY. Arrangements are with the Flint Funeral Home, State Route 95, Moira, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Staff Christimas Party, Mercy Living Center 114 Wawbeck Ave, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 in c/o Tina Shaheen, Unite Secretary or Dori Gilman McCauley Nursing Home Supervisor.
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