Francis J. Oyster
Francis J. “Franko” Oyster, 89 passed away on Thursday evening April 13, 2017 at the Gunnison Valley Health Senior Center. He was born October 5, 1927 to Arthur and Alma Grace (Rice) Oyster in Louisville, Ohio. Franko joined the Army in Canton, (Stark) Ohio in 1950. Branch was armor, he separated from the service with a honorable discharge in 1953. He left Ohio to attend Western State College in 1953 where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He loved playing football and met Carol Fraiser at Western State who became his bride on August 7, 1954 in Gunnison, Colo. Franko was an extremely loving husband and proud father of two children, Greg of Gunnison and Stacey of Almont, Colo. Franko was a member of the American Legion and a long time member of the Elks Lodge in Gunnison. He loved to go camping and fishing. He enjoyed all kinds of music and watching sports. Franko started a career at Western State College in the early 1970s. He started out in the mailroom for a couple years and moved on to become a security guard at Western. He enjoyed being employed at Western State and retired from there. In retirement both Franko and his wife Carol traveled all around the United States with their Yukon and a 20 foot Hi-Lo Camper to resorts. Th ey would meet up with old friends at the resorts and made new friends along the way. Franko loved life and had a good one at that. A funeral will be held at the Community Church on May 20 at 11 a.m. Graveside service will follow with the Elks Brothers and VA giving a service to honor him. Celebration of life will be held at the Gunnison Elks Lodge at 12 p.m. Th e Oyster family would like to give a heartfelt thanks for the excellent care of Franko while he was a resident at the Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center. We thank each and every one of you involved with his care. Franko is survived by his two children Greg Oyster, his son Cyrrus, Stacey Ackerson, her husband, Trent, grandchildren Matthew, his wife Sierra and their children Del and Mila, Nicolas, his girlfriend Corie, his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends. Franko is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Oyster and Alma Grace Oyster. As well as all of his nine siblings and his wife Carol (Fraiser) Oyster.