December 31, 1932 – December 28, 2021
Franklin Paul Getman passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, just three days short of his 89th birthday.
Frank was born December 31, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Paul and Mabel Getman. He spent his first birthday on the train as his family travelled west to join the larger Getman family in Oregon. The families worked hard to support each other during the Depression years. By the time the United States entered WWII, the family was living in the hills above Scappoose, Oregon. Even though a young teenager, Frank worked with his father in the logging and sawmill industry.
In 1949, the family moved to Alaska, where his Dad ran a Medical Missionary boat, a 110 foot (33.5 metres) ex-US Navy sub-chaser. It was in Alaska that he met his beloved Nancy, a Bible school student from Arizona, who was on a summer ministry team. Frank and Nancy and their family lived in Alaska, California, and then retired to Arizona. They were married 62 years when she passed away.
A year after Nancy’s passing, Frank recognized he needed a helpmate. He prayed for direction and proposed to Petunia (Joan McKee). They were married on November 06, 2015. This brought Frank to Canada for his last adventure.
Frank was predeceased by wife Nancy, infant daughter Marileen, and young son Sammy; his parents Paul and Mabel Getman, brother Byrl and sister LuAnn; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is survived by his caring wife, Petunia; two sons, Phil (Diane) in California and Peter in Arizona; his brother Roy (Rachel); three grandchildren Anna, Jason, Johnny and their families; step-grandchildren Heidi, Erica and Craig and their families; eight great-grandchildren; cousins John and Dorothy; sister-in-law Parolee, nieces and nephews; his Coastal Missions’ family and countless friends from all his walks of life.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. An announcement will be made when plans are finalized.
Many sincere thanks to Dr. Manhas and the caring team at Cowichan District Hospital, who were kind beyond words.
Frank’s favourite hymn included the words, “O, what a wonderful, wonderful day.” He now knows the reality of those words.
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