Francis ‘Frank’ Marion Monks, age 89 of Bellingham, WA, passed away into the loving arms of his Savior Christ Jesus on Saturday, November 22, 2014. He was born in Bunston, Missouri, October 10, 1925. At the age of 9 he traveled cross country with his brothers to meet the family at their new homestead in Colorado.
Frank joined the Navy in 1941, serving on the USS Brush. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he met the love of his life, Bertha Garetta Roosma at the old Margaret’s Cafe. They married on Sept. 7, 1946.
Frank and wife Bertha built several homes around Bellingham eventually settling at Lake Samish where they raised their two sons. Once settled, Frank spent much of his career working for the old Wilder’s Construction, and numerous other construction companies in the Bellingham area. Chances are you may just be driving on a road that Frank had a hand in building.
Anyone who knew Frank, knew he was not only born to work but also to serve the Lord. In 1967 Frank and wife Bertha, along with a group of friends, built the old Grace Community Church, currently the United Reformed Church of Bellingham. His love for the Lord was evident as a devoted husband, caring Father, servant of God and a conductor of faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bertha Garetta Monks; parents Roy and Edith Monks; brothers David, Homer, Hillard, Bill, Eugene, Arthur, Harold; and granddaughter Miranda Pearl Monks. Frank is survived by his sons Daniel Monks and Jeffery (Janet) Monks; grandchildren Shawna (Rodney) Talley, Andrea Monks and Olivia Monks; brother George; sisters Dorothy, Huldah, Thelma and Betty Jo; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Visitation in the Chapel, will be held at 9:30AM on Monday, December 8, 2014 with a Graveside service following at 11:00AM at Greenacres Memorial Park, 5700 Northwest Dr., Ferndale, WA. A Memorial Service will follow at 1:00PM at United Reformed Church in Lynden, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Whatcom Hospice or United Reform Church of Bellingham.