Boniface “Bonny” Frank, age 80, passed away of a heart condition, at Billings Clinic ICU on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. He was surrounded by his wife, LaVerne, and loving family at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Frank Eugene Frank. He was born July 8, 1933, in Killdeer, N.D., to Catherine Hegel Frank and Frank Frank Jr. He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy (Vic) Smiley, Marge Hovland and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bonny graduated from Dickinson High School in Dickinson, N.D. He attended Dickinson State College before enlisting in the Air Force. He served in the United States Air Force with an honorable discharge in 1957. While in the Air Force, he attended the University of Mississippi in Biloxi, Miss. His craft and passion in the Air Force was as an air traffic control instructor. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting/personal management in 1964 from the University of Colorado.
In 1957, Bonny began his career as an air traffic control supervisor at Stapleton International Airport in Denver. Bonny was a member of the System Error Review Board for four years.
In 1971, Bonny was assigned to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, as an assistant manager, with many of his duties pertaining to Air Force liaison and working closely with Salt Lake City Tower and Center.
In 1973, Bonny was assigned to Missoula as an air traffic manager.
In 1974, Bonny was assigned to Great Falls as a manager. He remained in that position for 10 years.
In 1985, Bonny was the supervisor at the medium complex located in Billings.
In 1988, Bonny briefly helped manage the facility in Helena.
In 1989, Bonny supervised and managed the air traffic control activities in Casper, Wyo. He ensured compliance with laws and regulations concerning air traffic control that were followed, in addition to scheduling personnel and setting up budgets. He acted as a liaison with the airlines, airport users and the military to set up shows.
Bonny worked as a tax preparer for H & R Block for eight years after his retirement. He was an adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain College, teaching air traffic control in the aviation program until 2007.
Bonny retired in 1989 after 36 years of government service and moved to Billings, where he remained until his death.
He married his soul mate and the love of his life, LaVerne Dukart, of Dickinson, N.D., on April 12, 1958, in Sheffield, N.D. He is survived by his wife of 55 years and three children, Dan (Anita) Frank, Lori (Les) Culliton and Merle (Lea Jacobson) Frank; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bonny enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, taking care of the yard, crossword and word search puzzles, playing cards and spending every spare moment with his wife, LaVerne.
Bonny was an Elks life member, Eagle Scout, Governor of North Dakota for a day and a Fourth degree Knights of Columbus. Bonny was a Korean War veteran.
Bonny was a devout Christian man who loved his family. He was a loving, caring and compassionate man to all who entered his life.
The rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, followed by vigil services at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Pius X Church, followed by military honors in Calvary Cemetery.