Frank passed away peacefully at Humboldt Hospital on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the age of 71.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years Shelley Wilkes in Meacham, SK, his daughters Jennifer Anne (Hauser) Bell, (Patricia) Lee Hauser, grandsons Dustin and Gavin, and great grandchildren, Nevaeh and Jaeden, in B.C; daughter Lindsay Nora (Hauser) Tumback, son-in-law Brendan and grandsons Maxwell and Cole in Saskatoon; sisters Aileen McDougall in Kelowna, Barbara Warkentin and brother-in-law Dan Warkentin in Abbotsford; as well as two nephews and a niece, their families and children.
Frank was predeceased by his son Michael Jeffery Vernon Hauser and parents Frank and Pauline (Kek) Hauser.
Frank was born in Linz, Austria to Frank and Pauline (Kek) Hauser both of Sokolovac, Yugoslavia.
He immigrated with his parents to Canada as a very young child. They settled in Edmonton for several years, later moving to the Vancouver area.
Frank started his career with Pacific Western Airlines in B.C. May of 1974 and worked in various ground agent positions, cargo and ticketing in several municipal and international airports across Western Canada. He stayed with the airline through transitions to Canadian Airlines and finally Air Canada. Frank retired from Edmonton International Airport and Air Canada in 2002 after 27 1/2 years.
Frank had numerous interests and many hobbies. He enjoyed fly fishing for salmon in B.C. as a young man and continued to enjoy camping and fishing with his wife Shelley and their dogs in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He was an avid guitar and piano player, even designing and building his own beautiful guitar. His love and extensive knowledge of music from classical to jazz to pop to rock never left him. He had a voracious appetite for reading text books and mechanical manuals on all subjects especially woodworking, history, philosophy, electrical and engine repair and anthropology. Frank carried an extensive knowledge of aircraft history and design especially from WW2 forward. He enjoyed fixing and collecting cars throughout his life and did most of his own mechanical repairs on his own vehicles. Before he joined the airlines Frank trained as a Volkswagen mechanic and excelled in repairing vehicle electrical systems.
The family would like to thank the wonderfully caring staff at Humboldt Hospital for all of their care and support over the last few difficult months. Your compassion and understanding meant the world to us.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to your local pet charity, Diabetes Research Foundation, or Mental Health Outreach Program.
There will be no funeral service. Cremation arrangements in care of Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306)978-5200.
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