Franklin "Frank" Andrew Schilperoort, 81, our beloved husband, father, Opa, brother, friend and lifetime Sunnyside resident went to be in the arms of his heavenly Father on Friday, May 28, 2010, at Yakima Regional Hospital.
Frank was born March 2, 1929 in Sunnyside, the son of Teunis and Anna (Den Boer) Schilperoort.
Frank received his education in Sunnyside graduating with the class of 1947, followed by service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After his military duty, Frank returned to Sunnyside, where he married Wanda Maxey on March 18, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Sunnyside. By November of 1957, they had two boys and family became Frank's focus.
Frank was a hard working man who loved to farm, raising mint, grapes, cattle, asparagus, corn and wheat. He was an expert at operating the "Dutch Backhoe," better known as a shovel.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, serving many years there as a trustee. Frank was also a member of the Sunnyside VFW and served two terms on the Roza Irrigation Board.
He loved to rubber neck; driving down the road he observed every change in the neighboring farms, new construction or anything that looked different. Coffee twice a day with friends was something Frank enjoyed, swapping stories, talking politics and sharing the latest bad joke.
Frank enjoyed snowmobiling and motorcycles, riding Yamaha Trail 80's with Wanda and his Harley Davidson until he was 75. Going deep sea fishing, Frank would get sick each time but loved every minute of it. He took up flying at the age of 51 and continued to fly for several years. The annual tradition of camping at Lake Easton with the grandkids was always a priceless adventure to Frank.
He will be remembered as a harmless tease, a quiet mischievous man who loved life, and an honorable man who never held a grudge.
Frank's strong hands will be remembered by his family both literally, in that they cared and provided for them, and metaphorically, with his nickname "Billy Big Arms."
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Wanda Schilperoort of Sunnyside; two sons, Craig Schilperoort and Tyler (Kristine) Schilperoort both of Sunnyside; four grandchildren, Hannah and Lesli Schilperoort, Reid and Claire Schilperoort; and one great-grandchild, Miarah Gallegos; two brothers, Clarence Schilperoort of Modesto, Calif. and Elmer Schilperoort of Sunnyside; three sisters, Lillian Jansen and Pauline Newhouse both of Sunnyside, and Elsie Wassenaar of Seattle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Gerrit Schilperoort, Issac "Cornie" Schilperoort, Lawrence Schilperoort and Stanley "Stan" Schilperoort.
Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2010, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with a memorial funeral service to follow at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church at 11:00 a.m.
Those wishing to honor Frank's memory may contribute to the First Baptist Church roofing fund.
Those wishing to sign Frank's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.