Franklin Robert Stebe, 79, of Gonvick, MN, died on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, ND.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Samhold Lutheran Church in Gonvick, MN, with Reverend Jimalee Jones officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at the Samhold Lutheran Cemetery in Gonvick, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements.
Frank was born March 16, 1935, to Frank and Pearl (Lykken) Stebe in Bemidji, MN. He attended Lincoln Elementary and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1955. He worked at the old bowling alley in downtown Bemidji as a young teen as a pin-setter, and in the woods with his father and brothers. Frank worked for Orin Dokken at the Pure Oil Station in downtown Bemidji until January 1956. He served in the US Army in Okinawa for 18 months after finishing his training at Ft. Leonardwood, and Ft. Knox. After an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he married Phyllis Girard on May 10, 1958, and they recently observed their 56th Anniversary. He worked at Dokken Oil as a fuel oil driver, Beltrami Hardware, Parkhill Pipeline, and began with Lakehead (Enbridge) Pipeline in 1965. He and his wife lived east of the Power Dam for several years and owned the land which is now the Greenwood Golf Course. In 1966 they adopted their son Timothy Allen when Tim was 14 months old, and he was so proud of him. He recently proclaimed that adopting Tim was the best thing they had ever done. In 1970 Frank transferred to the Clearbrook Enbridge terminal and they moved to Gonvick. He continued working for Enbridge in Clearbrook, Thief River Falls, and Superior, Wisconsin until his retirement. He enjoyed retirement doing woodworking, fishing, hunting, following his grandchildrens activities, driving his four-wheeler, Twins and Vikings sports, and his dog Tootsie.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis
Son, Tim (Sandy)
Brothers, Dale (Marie) Stebe of Bemidji,Dennis (Bonnie) Stebe of Little Falls,
Sister, Sandra of Bemidji,
And many nieces and nephews.
He will be missed by many who enjoyed listening to his stories of lifes fun.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Phyllis, sister Devonna Stebe McKenzie, brother-in-law Gene, brother and sister-in-law Donald and Betty.