Boniface “Bonny” Frank


Boniface “Bonny” Frank


Bonny Frank
Bonny Frank
Bonny Frank
Bonny Frank

Boniface “Bonny” Frank, age 80, passed away of a heart condition, at Billings Clinic ICU on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. He was surrounded by his wife, LaVerne, and loving family at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Frank Eugene Frank. He was born July 8, 1933, in Killdeer, N.D., to Catherine Hegel Frank and Frank Frank Jr. He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy (Vic) Smiley, Marge Hovland and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bonny graduated from Dickinson High School in Dickinson, N.D. He attended Dickinson State College before enlisting in the Air Force. He served in the United States Air Force with an honorable discharge in 1957. While in the Air Force, he attended the University of Mississippi in Biloxi, Miss. His craft and passion in the Air Force was as an air traffic control instructor. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting/personal management in 1964 from the University of Colorado.

In 1957, Bonny began his career as an air traffic control supervisor at Stapleton International Airport in Denver. Bonny was a member of the System Error Review Board for four years.

In 1971, Bonny was assigned to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, as an assistant manager, with many of his duties pertaining to Air Force liaison and working closely with Salt Lake City Tower and Center.

In 1973, Bonny was assigned to Missoula as an air traffic manager.

In 1974, Bonny was assigned to Great Falls as a manager. He remained in that position for 10 years.

In 1985, Bonny was the supervisor at the medium complex located in Billings.

In 1988, Bonny briefly helped manage the facility in Helena.

In 1989, Bonny supervised and managed the air traffic control activities in Casper, Wyo. He ensured compliance with laws and regulations concerning air traffic control that were followed, in addition to scheduling personnel and setting up budgets. He acted as a liaison with the airlines, airport users and the military to set up shows.

Bonny worked as a tax preparer for H & R Block for eight years after his retirement. He was an adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain College, teaching air traffic control in the aviation program until 2007.

Bonny retired in 1989 after 36 years of government service and moved to Billings, where he remained until his death.

He married his soul mate and the love of his life, LaVerne Dukart, of Dickinson, N.D., on April 12, 1958, in Sheffield, N.D. He is survived by his wife of 55 years and three children, Dan (Anita) Frank, Lori (Les) Culliton and Merle (Lea Jacobson) Frank; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bonny enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, taking care of the yard, crossword and word search puzzles, playing cards and spending every spare moment with his wife, LaVerne.

Bonny was an Elks life member, Eagle Scout, Governor of North Dakota for a day and a Fourth degree Knights of Columbus. Bonny was a Korean War veteran.

Bonny was a devout Christian man who loved his family. He was a loving, caring and compassionate man to all who entered his life.

The rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, followed by vigil services at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Pius X Church, followed by military honors in Calvary Cemetery.

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  1. I was saddened to hear of Bonny’s passing. Although it has been many years since the time I spent with your family they are still very fond memories. I will always picture him with that smile he had on virtually all the time. I hope that all else is well in your lives and will keep you in my prayers.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Bonny. He was my supervisor when I worked for H&R Block quite a few years ago and he was a wonderful boss! My thoughts and prayers are with LaVerne and the family.

  3. Gene & Rosalie Gizinski

    Dear LaVerne and family: Though it has been many, many years since we were your neighbors in Ogden, we want to express our sympathy to all of you for your loss of Bonny. We remember you well as caring people. You were so thoughtful and helpful during our crisis when our Greg was hit by the car in front of our/your house. Things like that are not forgotten. We are surprised to hear that you are living in Billings as we lived there from 1979 – 1987 and 4 of our children graduated from Billings Central. We hope that the Good Lord will watch over all of you and comfort you. Bonny was a good man.

    God Bless you all.

    Gene & Rosalie Gizinski (Dan, Mary Kay, Steve, Greg & RoseAnn)

  4. Gene & Rosalie Gizinski

    LaVerne & Family: We were sad to see that Bonny had passed away. We remember him well from our time in Ogden when we were your neighbors across the street. We had no idea you were in Billings. We made our home there from 1979-1987 where our kids graduated from Billings Central. We remember good time with you and other neighbors. We especially remember your help and compassion when our Greg was injured by a runaway automobile. May the Good Lord help all of you through this difficult time.

    God Bless.

    Rosalie & Gene (Dan, Mary Kay, Steve, Greg & RoeAnn)

  5. I am sorry to hear of Bonny’s passing. It is saddening only because I will miss the good man that he was. I will always have great memories of him, fishing with him, Dan & my dad, having a cold beer, his joking around, his kindness, his homemade jerky, & always seeing him with a smile. The good Lord called him too soon, but know that he is in a good place resting in the palms of His hands. You are all in our prayers.

  6. Bertha Dukart Watts


    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will remember you in my thoughts and prayers. I still remember your wedding day and was so impressed with the whole event. May God bless you and guide you through your sorrow.

  7. My condolences to all the family. I worked with Bonnie at Denver Stapleton tower. He was always a pleasure to work with and a model as a super nice person.

  8. Jim and Carol Erkens

    Jim and I want to extend our sympathies to Bonny’s family. Jim enjoyed working with Bonny. In Billings, he was everyone’s friend.

  9. Mary Pancich White

    I’m sure Bonnie has been “raised up on Eagle’s Wings” and is smilin’ up in heaven. I too have fond memories of being with the family. Bonnie and LaVerne always made me feel so welcome at the house in Great Falls. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

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