Feb 1, 2013 - StaffFrank Herman Rossi died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Salt Lake City at the VA Hospital as a result of lung cancer. He was 64 years old.
A memorial celebration service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at First United Methodist Church in Lander. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, with full military rights.
Frank Rossi was born Oct. 25, 1948, in Lander, the third child of Charles and Betty Newinger Rossi. He started school at the Upper Millcreek School, close to his family's ranch on Boulder Flat.
His family then moved to Hudson where he attended his elementary classes. When U.S. Steel started, Mr. Rossi's parents moved to Lander so their children could attend the Lander schools. He graduated from Lander Vocational High School in 1966.
Mr. Rossi didn't care for the "city" life so he spent his childhood summers on the Rossi Ranch on the South Pass Highway that his Uncle Edward and Uncle John owned. He had many fond memories of driving cattle to summer range in the Maxin Basin area.
On Aug. 8, 1968, Mr. Rossi joined the Army, taking basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash. After basic training, he was transferred to Fort Benning, Ga., for paratrooper training and gunner training. He then transferred to Fort Ord, Calif., where he received his final training preparing him for Vietnam.
He served in Vietnam from Oct. 14, 1969, to Oct. 12, 1970. Upon returning to the United States, he completed his three years as a drill sergeant at Fort Hood, Texas.
He received several medals, including three Bronze Service Stars, a National Defense Service Medal, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a Bronze Star Medal, an Expert (81MM Mortar), an Expert (4.2 Mortar), a Parachutist Medal, a Sharpshooter Rifle Medal and a Good Conduct Medal
He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, 100 and 1st Airborne, on Aug. 8, 1971.
He married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Raynor, on Dec. 21, 1968.
After discharge from the Army, the couple returned to Lander to make their home. Mr. Rossi took over the operation of the North Fork Ranch after Mrs. Rossi's father died in 1976.
He continued to run the ranch for his mother-in-law, Lorraine, until his heath declined. He worked for Al and Jan Seamands as parts manager for 24 years and continued as Parts Manager for Fremont Toyota/GMC for 19 years.
His family said he enjoyed square dancing, snow machining, stream and ice fishing, hunting, horse packing and taking the camper out with family and friends to spend the weekend exploring on his four-wheeler.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene; mother-in-law Lorraine Raynor; children LeRoy Rossi, Yvonne Rossi Thornley and her husband Samuel and Travis Rossi; grandchildren Jami, Dane, Derean and Trysten; sister Bonnie Rossi Johnson and her husband Raymond of Lander; brother David and Vicki Rossi of Ellensburg, Wash.; brothers-in-law John Raynor of Winnemucca, Nev., and Robert Raynor and his wife Barbara of San TanValley, Ariz.; nieces and nephews Sara Rossi Sparks and Brian Sparks and children, Brandon and Pearl Rossi and son, Jessica Rossi Rosenkranz and her husband John, all from Ellensburg, Wash., Perry Johnson and sons of Lander, Bobbie and Jill Johnson and children of Cheyenne, Craig and Rhonda Johnson and sons of Lander, Julie Rossi Crane and Mike and sons of Fort Collins, Colo., and Michael Rossi and his wife Jennifer and children of Indiana, Peggy Raynor Wolf and children of Lander, Melissa Raynor, David Raynor and his wife Wendy and children, JayDee Raynor and his wife Ramona and children of Winnemucca, Nev., Crystal and her husband Brian Metzenheim of Reno, Nev., Abby and her husband Zack and daughter of Arizona, and Adam Raynor of Laramie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Betty Rossi; brother Charles Michael Rossi; and father-in-law Charles Raynor.
Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com.
Donations may be sent to an account at Meridian Trust-Rossi, 873 Main St., Lander.
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