Frank Morgan Dye, age 81, of Evansville, IN, passed away Saturday morning, December 25, 2021, at his residence with loving family by his side.
Frank was born in a log cabin on October 9, 1940, in Fountain Head, TN, to James Morgan and Margaret Florine (Pike) Dye.
Frank is survived by his wife, Barbara E. (Butsch) Dye; daughters, Stephanie Dye Malone (Kevin) and Sarah Dye Colston (Willie); grandson, Cory Malone (Grace); granddaughters, Shelby Colston and Allie Colston; brother, Samuel Dye; sister, Margaret Short; sister-in-law, Helen Pike; cousin, Wanda Powell; nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Anne Butsch and brother-in-law, John Butsch.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jimmie Pike and Larry Dye.
Frank was a proud member of the Bosse High School class of 1959. He studied at U of E for 4 years and attended Indiana State University, Evansville Campus.
Frank joined the Army and served with the 101st Airborne in the 506th battle group, famous for the Band of Brothers in WWII. He was a paratrooper who was one of many spending the night on the tarmac, under the wings of their planes. Furnished live ammo, they knew something serious was happening. This was the Cuban Missile Crisis, but as Frank often said, “Khrushchev blinked.”
During his time in the Army, while in transit to the Philippines, he had a layover in Hawaii. He fell in love with paradise. Frank eventually returned to live many years in Hawaii, his favorite place on Earth. He returned to Evansville to be with his daughters and to help care for his ailing mother.
Over the years, Frank worked at Whirlpool, Schultheis Insurance, Brake Supply Co. and sold Real Estate. He retired from Toyota Motor Manufacturing in 2011.
He was born on the same day as John Lennon and was a distant cousin to Howard Hughes. His favorite day of the year wasn’t his birthday, or even Christmas, it was Veterans Day - all that free food.
Frank was known for being frugal, but he had a soft spot for folks who could use a hand and could be quite generous. He was one of those guys who’s a friend to everyone, level-headed, warm and sincere. People who met Frank remembered Frank.
If you want to have a great marriage, marry your best friend. Frank and Barbara had a wonderful 41 years together.
Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 3, 2022 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Sycamore Land Trust, PO Box 7801, Bloomington, IN 47407-7801.
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