Frank O. Diamond, 87, of Anthon, passed away Sept.22 at the Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center in Correctionville with members of his family present.
Services were held on Sept. 26 at the Anthon United Methodist Church, with Pastor Vickie Steffes officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Anthon, with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion McNiff Post #389 of Anthon. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today with the family present from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon.
Franklin Owen Diamond was born March 16, 1921, in Anthon, the son of Frank and Lenore (Healless) Diamond. He married Betty Wilma (Perryman) in Sioux City on Jan. 8, 1946. Wilma passed away Dec. 4, 1998.
Frank always said he was born 100 years too late. He loved to hunt, fish, trap, and camp. He also enjoyed golfing and playing cards. He worked various farm and construction jobs in his early life but will probably be remembered for driving the school bus and being a rural mail carrier. He was a sales representative for Monument Sales of St. Cloud, Minn. He was also a caretaker of Oak Hill Cemetery at Anthon.
He attended Anthon High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army July 8, 1942. He was extremely proud of his military service during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star medal for bravery and earned two Purple Hearts for wounds he sustained in battle near Bertraige, France on Dec. 18, 1944.
He was a member of the American Legion McNiff Post #389 of Anthon, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a retired member of the National Rural Carriers Association and a member of the United Methodist Church of Anthon.
Along with his wife, Frank was preceded in death by his parents; twin sons, Lyle and Larry; a great-granddaughter, Kaydence Foster; and one sister, Marilyn Reed.
He is survived by four sons, James and his wife Sally of Hinton, Jerry of Glendale, Ariz., Marvin and his wife Linda of Sioux City, and Duane and his wife Penny of Cherokee; one daughter, Jane and her husband Bill Schwarz of Jefferson, S.D.; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Ralph and Delores Diamond of Anthon and Don and Bonita Diamond of Pleasant Hills; two sisters, Roxie Slater of Glendale, Ariz. and Dorothy Chinn of Pierson; along with other family members and many good friends.