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BANGOR - Franklin Doane Bothwick, T/Sgt USAF (Ret.), passed into the arms of the Lord, Feb. 15, 2015, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born in Bangor April 1, 1934 to Rachel (Doane) Bothwick and Carl Bothwick.

Frank joined the Naval Reserves for two years and then served his country in the Air Force for the next 22 years. He was involved in the 1962 H-bomb tests at Christmas Island and the recovery of H-bombs from crashed B52's at Palomares, Spain in 1966 and in Greenland in 1968. He served a tour in Korea and 3 tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Airman's Medal for saving the life of a Vietnamese citizen that was drowning, going into the ocean with a broken toe to save him. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for Bell Helicopter in Iran until the Revolution, from which he barely escaped the country, and later for Agusta Helicopter Company in Saudi Arabia training the Saudi Army. He wasn't a fan of cold weather and spent his winters in Corpus Christi, Texas, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, Florida. Frank was a life member of the Elks Lodge #944 and VFW Post 3381.

Frank was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Patricia. He is survived by his sister, Barbara and husband, Robert; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two special friends, Bob Modery and Paul Tardiff.

Interment with full military honors will be in the spring at Oak Hill Cemetery, Brewer. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.
Published on  February 18, 2015
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