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Frank Hrlic

November 23, 1922 January 14, 2011
Frank Hrlic
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Frank Francis Hrlic died January 14, 2011. He was 88 years old.

On November 23, 1922, Frank Francis Hrlic was born in Treesmill, Pennsylvania to John Ivan Hrlic and Mary Lopusnak. He was the son of a hardworking coal miner with eight brothers and sisters. It was during his high school years in 1940 that Frank made the decision to join the Citizen Conservation Corps in 1940. After serving 6 months he moved to Detroit, MI.

In 1943, when the Army decided to ask him politely to join them (drafted!), Frank knew that he did not want to 'trudge thru the mud'. So, he enlisted into the Air Force, went to Eskine College in South Carolina for cadet training and was promoted to lieutenant and ended his career in the rank of captain. His time in the Air Force was spent as a bombardier, as he loved being in the air and the freedom it gave him.

After leaving the service in 1945, he went to school and became a tool and die engineer which became his lifetime career. Soon, he met the love of his life, Shirley Elaine Provonche and they married in 1947. Frank became a father of four children, Sharon, Elaine, Shirley and Frank, and spent the rest of his life devoted to his wife and kids. He loved knowing he provided and protected his family and stood with pride as he watched them grow. He entertained them by playing the guitar while singing ,"Show Me the Way to Go Home," "Red River Valley" and "I Got Tears in My Ears Crying Over You."

Vacations to Houghton Lake was always a fun place to go and that is where he spent time teaching his children how to fish, swim, and to enjoy family fun. He loved to go deer hunting, bowling, and especially GOLF!! In 1988, when his family grew up and retirement came upon him, Frank and Shirley moved to Florida and spent many years enjoying the fruits of their labor. It was there in Florida that he made his claim to fame and had 9, yes, 9 HOLES-IN-ONE! He loved that game and was the family's golf pro. (Just ask the guys!) Oh, and let's not forget playing the lottery. How he loved drawing his numbers out of a spittoon'..all the grandkids remember that spittoon!

In his later years, Frank liked to play Solitaire, work crossword puzzles and entertain everyone by telling his many stories of the adventures in his life. Upon returning to Michigan in 2004, he spent the rest of his life with his devoted wife and family that included 11grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife of over 63 years, Shirley (nee. Provonche); their children, Sharon (David) Carlisle, Elaine (Jack) Kennedy, Shirley (Herb. d. 2008) Tudor, Frank (Helga) Hrlic; grandchildren, Kelly (Alex) Parsons, Kristin Carlisle, Kathryn (Aaron) Fanning, David (Shiloh) Carlisle, Jack Kennedy, Pamela Kennedy, Elizabeth (Beau) Grant, Mary (Lance) Kistler, Herbert Tudor, Chistina (Joseph) Higgins, Lindsay Hrlic; great-grandchildren, Mathew, Emma, Caroline, Kendall, Lucas, Ryan, Russell, Abigail, Jacob, Jake, and many extended family members and dear friends that join in mourning his passing while giving thanks to God for his life among them.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (nee. Lopusnak) Hrlic; siblings, Joseph, Catherine, John, Helen, Mary, Thomas, Leroy and Charles.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Tuesday, January 18th at 11 AM. Reverend Donald Kreiss to Officiate. Burial and military honors will follow at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia, MI. Family and friends will gather Monday from 3-9 PM. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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