Francis M. “Frank” Ovenden

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Francis M. “Frank” Ovenden

Francis M. “Frank” Ovenden, 64, of Taylor Ridge, passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at Mayo Clinic - St Mary’s Hospital, in Rochester, Minn.   

Funeral services were Friday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 801 W. Edgington St., Reynolds. Burial was at the Reynolds Cemetery, where military honors were presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299.  Visitation was Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to any veteran’s organization. Online condolences may be left at

Frank was born on July 25, 1946 in Rock Island, the son of Francis P. Ovenden and Mary Kriznar Ovenden. He graduated from Alleman High School in 1965. He entered military service in 1967. Frank was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in the Vietnam War. After recovery at Ft Hood, Texas, he was transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal where he was discharged from the service. He then began working at the Arsenal as a civilian, and graduated from the Rock Island Arsenal/Blackhawk College Electrical Apprentice Program. He worked for the Arsenal as an electrician for 15 years and for the past 26 years as an electrical planner/estimator.

He married Marion Bell and from that union a son was born. He later married Lynn Swartout Cummings, gaining two daughters to raise with his son, creating a blended family. He loved his family and loved spending time with them. Frank especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and often was the ringleader of their mischief. He was especially looking forward to retiring in January 2011 and being available to follow his grandchildren’s activities.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn; son, Shawn (Nancy) Ovenden, Omaha, Neb.; daughters, Valerie (Scott) Perkins, Sherrard, and Nicole (Jonathan) Kelly, Ankeny, Iowa; his mother, Mary Ovenden, Rock Island; grandchildren, Adam and Eric Ovenden and Quinn, Levi, and Torah Kelly; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Beth Ovenden, and Patti and Mike Scudder, all of Rock Island and a niece and two nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis P. Ovenden and his sister, Lucy Shaw.