Franklin T. Gish


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Lewiston - Mr. Franklin T. Gish, of Lewiston, formerly of Limestone, ME, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Marguerite d'youville Pavilion with his loving family by his side. Frank was born in Winner, South Dakota, on November 5, 1938, the son of Leonard and Rose Snow Gish. He attended Colome local schools and graduated from Colome High School with the class of 1956. On September 16, 1967, he married the love of his life, Charlene Poitras in Grand Falls, NB. Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force where he made a lifetime career and travelled the country with his wife and son, Daniel. He proudly served throughout the United States, including time in Guam, Korea, Spain, Hawaii, California, and returning to where he meet the love of his life at Loring AFB, ME, for his final station. He served in different positions including, which he was most proud, as an aircraft mechanic for Air Force One under the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon for six years. Other roles included Commander of Aircraft Maintenance at Loring AFB and Head of Squadron Nuclear Safety also at Loring AFB. He retired as MSGT after 28 years from the United States Air Force in 1985.
After his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Frank worked for Boeing and Lockheed, Loring AFB Supply Squadron (civilian), and DFAS Limestone (Accounting Center for the U.S. Military). He also became the first in his family to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from USM and an accounting degree from Husson College.
Among Frank's interest was working around his yard, barbecuing for family and friends, fixing old cars, coaching and volunteering for local recreation boards, and being involved his son Dan's youth sports teams. His greatest pleasure in life however, was the time he spent with his wife, son, grandchildren, and close family and friends. He loved making jokes and seeing people around him laugh. He especially loved singing and dancing with his wife, Charlene.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene, of Lewiston, his son, Daniel, and wife, Cindy Gish, of Lewiston, his grandson, Hunter Gish, and granddaughter, Lilly Gish, both of Lewiston. He also leaves behind two sisters, June (Dale) Screvens of Hastings, Nebraska, Doreen Tennett of Grand Island, Nebraska, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his mother and father and siblings; Philip Gish, Leo Gish, William Ace Gish, Lindy Gish, Gerald Gish, Roland Gish, and in-laws William and Yvonne Poitras.
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