Lewis Francis Mack, son of Lewis Bernard Mack and Anna Isabelle (Belle) Curry Mack was born July 10, 1923 and died January 20, 2017 at home surrounded by family.
“Frannie” graduated from Corning High School in 1941 where he was active in sports, band and orchestra. He excelled with his trumpet which became a lifelong passion. He performed with family and friends in “The Owls”, a small orchestra that played for dances throughout Southwest Iowa.
Frannie married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Jeanne Watts, on July 31, 1943 in Denver, Colorado. He served his country as an Army medic from 1943 – 1946, spending much of that time in the South Pacific. He remained a proud veteran and played TAPS for other veterans for forty-four years.
Following WWII he returned to Corning joining his father and uncle in the hardware business “Curry and Mack” and later “Mack Hardware and Appliance”. He later worked at NFO, UARCO, and St Patrick’s Parish.
Frannie considered himself “the luckiest man in Corning” and served his community in numerous ways, including City Councilman, Municipal Utilities Trustee, and Johnny Carson Birthplace Society Board Member. He was active in Knights of Columbus, VFW, and American Legion.
Lewis Francis Mack was preceded in death by his parents, wife Phyllis in 2006, daughter Helenann (in infancy), brothers Robert, Raphael Joseph (in infancy), sister Mary Margaret Lenz, sisters-in-law Patricia Mack, Joan Mack, and Virginia Watts, and brothers-in-law Edwin Watts and Russell (Bud) Watts.
He is survived by sons Dan (Linda) of Carroll, Bruce (Lori) of Oregon City, Or., and Andy of Des Moines, grandchildren Brent, Cori and Bryan (Samantha) Mack, great-granddaughter Savannah Mack, step grandchildren Kelsy (Travis) Hodge and Jessica (Rob) George, step great-grandchildren Ketchura and Asher Antoine and Elodie and Paloma Hodge, and brother-in-law John Lenz.