September 13, 1931 ~ July 22, 2020

Born in: Morton, IL
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Joseph J. Frank, 88, of Asheville, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

A native of Morton, IL, Joe was the son of the late Joseph and Louise Ingold Frank. He was a four sport letterman in high school and played baseball in college and the minor leagues. Joe graduated from Bradley University and worked as an Executive with Hagerty Steel. He was also a veteran of the US Air Force, having proudly served his country from 1955-1957.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Richmond Frank; four sons, Beau Frank, Joe Frank (Ivonne), Tim Frank (Constanza) and Tad Frank (Chris Dahlquist), as well as eight grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 29 at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church. A private burial will be held at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Live streams of the Mass, military honors and burial will be available on Groce Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

To enjoy a short video clip of Joe, please scroll down below the service information to the tribute video section.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Mass: July 29, 2020 10:00 am

St Barnabas Catholic Church
109 Crescent Hill Drive
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Our sincere sympathy to the Frank family. Many fond memories made at Ade and Betty Andreoni’s Christmas Parties with all of you.

  2. Our condolences to the Frank family. What a wonderful and productive life your father lived. With love,
    Alfonso, Sarita, Natalia and Carolina

  3. Chip, Tim, Tad and Beau-
    I’m so sorry to hear this about your dad. I am reflecting on all the fun we had growing up with your parents at holidays and weddings!
    Long before you guys were around he and your mom goofed around with us when we were little. MOLLY and I were flower girls in their elegant Christmas wedding. I still have that picture framed and in our dining room!
    My favorite memory was about at age 5 when Joe let me sit on his lap and “drive” (steer) his beautiful white convertible down Columbia Terrace! Lol.
    My prayers are with you all.

  4. Tim & Constanza.
    We are with you and your family in spirit with all of our love always.
    Jorge, Roberta, Isabella, Daniel and Marcelo.

  5. Patti and guys; sorry to read of Joe’s passing. I have many fond memories of CC of P pool stuff. Stay safe and keep all the good memories.

  6. My dad was steady, accepting, a provider. He made people of all types feel welcomed. He set me up for success in my life, and I love him for that. Thanks Dad!

  7. My most sincere condolences for the loss of a good friend and associate from Morton. I have many memories about Joe, primarily when I worked on his home as a bricklayer – earliest use of pink brick – which soon became a fad. Later in life when I started in my architectural/structural profession, I had the pleasure of working with Joe and “Wimp” Strunk on a number of projects. Will remember these times forever.

  8. Frank family, sending you all many hugs and prayers during this tough time. I have so many wonderful memories of your dad or “Uncle Joe” as my mom and I came to call him, as well as Patty. Lots of good, fun times spent at the house on Miller and trips to Panama City Beach. My condolences to all of you. Love, Amy

  9. Mrs. Frank (you’ll always be Mrs. Frank no matter how old I get), Tim, Tad, Beau, & Chip – I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful man who was at the helm of a wonderful family.
    Love to all of you.
    Cyncie Thomas Meis

    • Thank you Cyncie. We are sad to see him pass, but it was his time, and he died without pain and loneliness.

      Hope you are well!


  10. Chip, Tim, Tad and Beau-
    Randy and I were surprised and saddened to see your dad’s obituary this morning. We have happy memories of your parents in Peoria and Naples. Joe was such an important part of the Hagerty family. One memory that stands out was a HUGE lobster boil at the Miller Road house. (Provided by Bay State Abrasives in Massachusetts) Joe knew just what do do with those lobsters! Your parents were a great couple and I am sure thinking of Patty, who is one of my favorite people on the planet. I LOVE that she is in the photo here. That made me smile. Thinking of you all with deepest sympathy.

    • Thank you Susan. Dad was honored to work for your father for all those years, and mom loved you. We will miss him.

  11. Chip, Tim , Tad and Beau
    We are sorry for your loss. Your father liived a very complete life with many achivements. You must be very proud of him
    Jose and Constanza

  12. Dear Tim, Chip, Tad, & Beau,
    So sorry to hear the news of your dad’s passing. I have many great memories of his warm welcome whenever I came knocking.
    Kind regards,
    Danny Gordon

  13. Patty, Chip, Tim, Tad & Beau I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband, father & a dear friend to me. All so fortunate to have such a role model in our lives. I will always cherish the great times at the house on Miller & our trips to Panama City Beach & cooking with my Uncle Joe! Love you all & miss you. Judy (Barlow) Finn

  14. Patty, Chip, Tim, Tad & Beau-I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband, father & a good friend to me. He was a great role model for all of us. I will always cherish the great times at the house on Miller, at Panama City Beach & cooking with my Uncle Joe in his kitchen. Love & miss all of you❤️

  15. Patty, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of our dear friend Joe. I met Joe around 1973 and , of course, instantly liked him. We did business together and also worked on selling Cat together. He was a great guy whether you were freezing together in a duck blind or at a cocktail party in the twenty years of Conventions we mutually attended. We could share confidences knowing they would stay that way. He was the best man in his Industry and I will always remember him as my friend. Tony Romanovich

  16. Thank you to all of the kind words about our Father. He was a GREAT Man that everyone loved and taught us all with such a great example on how to live life

  17. Dear Joe Jr. & Family,
    Words may not express how sorry I was to see the passing of your beloved Father. May he rest in Eternal Heavenly Peace. With My deepest Sympathy, Regards, Eric J. Grimm. Peoria, Il

  18. I worked beside Joe for 23 years at Hagerty Brothers. He was one of the finest men I have ever known. I am proud to have been his friend.

  19. Dear Patty,
    My heart goes out to you & your family. Watching that video made me smile. Hardly seems possible it’s been 59 years since Jim & I moved into Hanssler Court in Peoria & met that fun loving couple in the video, & became friends. Joe was so special, I’m so sorry our lives took different paths & we did not stay in touch. He contacted us a few years ago, said he might be in the area – but never saw him. Jim passed last Sept – so they have some catching up to do – bet the topic is baseball! My love & prayers that God will bless & comfort you, Patty, & your family.

    • Thank you for your note Harriett. Mom and dad loved their time at Hanssler court! It was good of you to share that memory!

  20. Patti and family,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time. Lots of great memories with your dad and family on CCP golf course, pool, St. Thomas School, and Oak Run (mini bike)!
    Warm regards,
    Sue Seckel and Naab Family

  21. Dear Frank family. We were so sad to hear your news from Joe. With our profound sympathies and prayers,

    Ronan, Martine, Declan and Colette Wicks.

  22. You Frank men know how close Judy & I have been to your father for 59 years. I was never so happy when he and my sister were married. We shared the wonderful years of your growing up and saw the love Joe flooded Patty with. I will also never forget the love and personal support Joe gave to my mother so willingly, and to the rest of my family, Nan and Tim. Joe and I talked almost weekly over these last years. He has
    felt so lost without Patty that he can now be at peace knowing that some day they will
    again share true happiness. I have had both Patty and Joe in my prayers for so many years and they will remain there. Mike

    • Mike, your words are so very touching and mean so much to my brothers and I. You, Judy and the boys have been such an important part of our lives and we are forever grateful for your love. I promise you, you all will be in our thoughts tomorrow as we say goodbye to our dad. Much love.


  23. Aunt Patty, Chip, Tim,Tad & Beau,
    Hard to put into words what an incredible husband, father, grandfather & uncle he was to all of us. He definitely left his mark on all of us and everyone he met along the way. He was an incredible cook and master of the grill. The guy could make a pair of old socks taste good with just the right amount of wine and butter. He always had a good story to tell. I will always cherish the many fond memories of the man I knew as Uncle Joe! From making wine in the basement, and Budweiser on tap to the first time he took me pheasant hunting, buying my first shotgun, my first pair of hunting boots, good times at the farm, in the duck blind, fishing in Naples, and road trips on the Hagerty Bus. Especially the laughs we had on the Canadian fishing trip with You, Dad, Homer and George. How I ever let you and dad pull the stitches out of my hand after several bottles of wine may be never known but it sure was fun!!! We will miss you dearly but will never forget that piece of good you left in all of us.
    God Speed uncle Joe.

  24. Just a note for Patty and all you boys
    Your Dad was a really special guy! He was so down to earth and was so kind to anyone he met. My Dad and your Grandpa Frank were 2 nd cousins so we would always see them at the Frank reunion at Lake Bloomington . After our son Tm met whichever one works at Biltmore. Your Dad called me after that and we had a 40 minute conversation about past times. So enjoyed visiting with him.he will be surely missed by everyone that knew him. With our sympathies to all of you!

  25. Dearest Tad,

    I know you made your Dad proud with your kind heart – and ability to tell a story like he could. As a parent, that is what means most, that you know you you child is a part of the Love and goodness in this world. Sending my best to you and your family during this time. Joe was a gem.

    ❤️Much Love from Barry, Lily and I❤️

  26. Joe and I were in high school at the same time, one year behind me. We played basketball & football together and he was very talented (moreso than I). After our working Days (I in the meat business & Joe in steel) we crossed paths again in Florida where my wife Opal & I enjoyed numerous gatherings with he and Pat.
    Our sincere condolances to their wonderful family!

  27. Dear Tim, Chip, Beau, Thad. What a privilege I had getting to know each of you, and especially your Dad & Mom when I got to become part of the “Frank” family when I started working with Tim. What a special man your Dad was. He sure loved each of you. Those conversations I would have with him on the phone were always so sweet when he would call to check on Tim and the business. Losing a loved one is always hard, but the memories cannot be taken away. Cherish those memories. Always remember your Dad gave you so much, especially in the name of “Frank.” The online service was a beautiful celebration of a great man. Love you guys, and may God surround each of you with so much love to fill the vacuum that you may feel in the days, weeks, and years to come.

    Jean & Mike Willoughby


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