Charles Franklin “Frank” Hartzell, Jr. was born in DeKalb, Illinois on November 11, 1933 to Charles, Sr. and Gertrude (Earles) Hartzell.
Frank’s 40 year career of service to the nation began when he joined the United States Air Force in 1950. He rose to the rank of Master Seargent during a career that took him to numerous assignments in both the United States and several foreign countries. Some of his many awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and both Army and Air Force Good Conduct Medals.
After Frank retired from his 26 year Air Force career, he settled in Biloxi, Mississippi where he joined the Federal Civilian Service at Keesler Air Force Base. Throughout his civilian career, he received various accolades acknowledging his outstanding duty performance acknowledged in several WG Civilian Employee of the Quarter and Year Awards.
Frank was a lifelong car enthusiast who restored classic cars. He also enjoyed playing cards; whether a quick lunchtime hand or two on the flight line or gambling at a local casino, it was all good fun to him.
He is survived by his daughter, Diana (Paul) English of Salado, Texas and son, Dale (Kim) Hartzell of Boulder, Colorado; grandchildren, Kelly Hartzell and Ryan Hartzell; sister, Shirley Meyers; brother, Stan Hartzell; and many nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife, Lillian Hartzell; brother, William Hartzell; and sisters, Dorothy Elliott, Evelyn Harding, and Lucille Weydert.
Memorials can be made to your favorite charity in honor of Frank.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Charles Franklin “Frank” Hartzell, Jr.