Frank Steven Cassidy, 80, of Holdrege, Nebraska
Memorial Mass Services for Frank S. Cassidy, Sr. will be conducted from the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Lux officiating. Military Honors will be provided at the church by the United States Army National Guard Military Honors Team. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Frank Steven Cassidy, 80 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. He was born January 2, 1932 at Schenectady, New York, the eldest of two children born to Irwin and Jeanette (Senecal) Cassidy. Frank received his education at Schenectady, graduating from Draper High School with the class of 1950. He then pursued higher education at LaSalle College in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied business and accounting.
During a U.S.O. dance, Frank met the love of his life, Eleanor Elizabeth Wissman and soon after, Eleanor accepted his proposal of marriage during his tour of duty in Korea. They were united in marriage on November 26, 1953. To this union five children were born: Mary Ellen, Margaret, Frank Jr., Kate, and James. On July 6, 1950, Frank was inducted into the United States Army and served his country during the Korean War until his honorable discharge on June 18, 1953. He was decorated with the Korean Service Medal with four bronze service stars.
The couple moved to Nebraska in 1980 for a better life, leaving behind many family members in Philly and New York. Frank was employed as an Accountant for Mushroom Transportation in Philadelphia over 20 years, before he began to work as a Security Officer. While in Philly, Frank was involved in security with Holmes Protection Agency, which involved 42 captures and arrests. After moving to Holdrege, he was employed by Pinkerton Security at Becton-Dickinson from 1981 until his retirement in 2003. On March 31, 2003 he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor.
Frank's life always revolved around the protection and welfare of others. Frank and Eleanor enjoyed bowling together for many years and spending time just enjoying each other's company during a cup of coffee. He was an inspiration to his family and friends, when someone would address the question to him, "How are you?" Frank would always reply, "Just Terrific!"
Besides his parents and wife, Eleanor, Frank was preceded in death by his brother, James Robert Cassidy in infancy.
He leaves to mourn his passing; his three daughters: Mary Ellen Dunlop and her husband, Terry of Minden, Nebraska, Margaret Cassidy of Gibbon, Nebraska, and Kate Wilson-Murray and her husband, Clarence of Holdrege; two sons: Frank Cassidy Jr. and his wife, Heather of Hastings, Nebraska and James Cassidy and his wife, Sonya of Holdrege; 15 grandchildren: Amy, Kathryn, Michael, Adam, Brittany, Fred, Maggie, Joshua, Angela, Andrew, Justine, Rachel, Sammi, Autumn and Megan; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-grandson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.
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