Tribute: Frank C. Havrila

Frank C. Havrila, 85, passed away November 7

Frank C. Havrila, Youngstown, Ohio - obit

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Frank C. Havrila, 85, of the city’s west side, passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, November 7, 2016, at Caprice Health Care Center in North Lima, following a brief illness.

Frank was born November 8, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank C. and Mary Kocis Havrila.

He was a 1949 graduate of Chaney High School and was a lifelong area resident.

Frank served with the U.S. Air Force in the 20th Air Force, 28th Bomb Squadron as a Turret System Technician during the Korean War.

He was the co-owner of Havrila Brothers Service Station and later worked for 21 years at Wonder Bakery/Hostess Cakes.

Mr. Havrila was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown, where he served as councilman.

He was a member and past-1st Commander of American Legion Post No. 301 of Austintown. Frank was a scoutmaster at Mahoning United Methodist Church, enjoyed bowling, fishing, gambling and spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed celebrating what would’ve been his 86th birthday this past Sunday.

Frank’s wife Eilene K. Shugarts Havrila, whom he married in 1958, passed away March 13, 2001.

He leaves two sons, William (Edith) Havrila of Carrollton, Virginia and Frank C., Jr. (Kathy) Havrila of Canfield; a daughter, Mary (Chuck) Sheffield of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Charles (Andrea) Havrila, Brittany McMichael, Michael (Ashley) Sheffield, Eric Sheffield and Josh (Brittany) Farr; two brothers, John (Peg) Havrila of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Edward Havrila of Melbourne, Florida; a great-granddaughter, Mailey; three great-grandsons, Todd, Gavin and Corey and his companion, Darlene Hunter of Lordstown.

Besides his wife, Frank was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Havrila; four sisters, Betty Pack, Mary West, Helen Koken and Frances Luchansky and a granddaughter, Hope DeSimone.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m., Friday, November 11 at the funeral home and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave., Youngstown.

Committal services with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Frank will be laid to rest next to his wife.

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A television tribute will air Wednesday, November 9 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.