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Frank Owens of Tinton Falls passed away Sunday, February 24, at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank after a brief illness.  He was 91.  Frank was born in New York and attended high school there.  He served in the United States Merchant Marines and the United States Army Air Force. He retired from the United States Army Reserves as a Command Sgt. Major, 5th BN, 5th FA.

After working many years with the Consolidated Edison Company, he progressed through the ranks until he was elected as a business agent for the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.  Frank continued his career path with the Union retiring in 1985 as the AFLCIO - National Union’s Executive Vice President.  Upon his retirement, the Union said this about Frank:

“When Frank retired from union business, he decided immediately that he wouldn’t spend his days sitting in front of the television or hanging around the bingo halls. So he showed up at the doorstep of the U.S. Army Garrison Information Centrum at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, saying something to the effect, ‘Here I am. I would like to be a volunteer. Use me for whatever you’d like.’  Eighteen months later Frank has his helping hand in just about everything, working closely with military personnel and civilians at Fort Monmouth.  His experience as a union leader and advocate for the underdog, coupled with his creativity and innovative ideas, has proven to be a tremendous asset to the army garrison information centrum - as he helps people resolve all sorts of problems.”  Frank explained that by using his experience and many years as a shop steward and union officer - when he fought for workers’ rights, settled labor and management disputes, challenged health benefits and insurance companies - he was able to help many military families resolve their problems.

An avid golfer, Frank worked as a starter for years at Suneagles Golf Club at Fort Monmouth. He was also a member of the military’s Old Guard, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Dorothy “his bride”; his daughter Deborah Siebelist and her husband Ken of Rumson; his son Bernard and his wife Susan of  Charleston, SC; his daughter-in-law Gail of Vista, Ca; four grandchildren: Tara, Kyle, Stefanie, and Erik; and one great-grandchild, Bodin.  Frank was preceded in death by his son Christopher of Vista, Ca.

“The special thing about Frank,” said a Fort Monmouth ombudsman, “is that he always has a smile on his face and makes people laugh. While his contributions are vast, his most valuable gift is his good spirit, humor, and laughter.”

Visitation will be Sunday, March 3rd from noon to 3 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 4th at 10 a.m. at St. Dorothea’s RC Church, 240 Broad St, Eatontown.  Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to The National Museum of the US Army at

Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740