Frank William Bliss II

July 23, 1951January 22, 2021
The Bliss family is deeply saddened to announce the death of our patriarch, Frank Bliss. Frank was born in 1951 to Frank and Dorothy in China Lakes, California, where his Marine father was stationed. Frank grew up with his sisters, Judy and Mary. He played football for Northwestern University and became a PE teacher while he earned his master’s degree. He would go on to teach Special Education in Oklahoma and Minnesota. In 1980, Frank married the love of his life, Beverly. They welcomed their son, Cameron and then adopted 7 more children, Hayley, Scott, Kyle, Gabriel, Brandt, Michael, and Brandy. They also adopted their son, Bob, as an adult. Frank was an energetic and loving father who took pride in watching each of his children grow into adulthood. Frank and Beverly also made their home welcoming to each of their children’s friends. The family home was always busy, happy, and full. Frank was a giant of a man who possessed great faith in God and an endless well of love for his fellow man. This love led him to Agape Ranch, 2 properties near Clarkdale, Arizona and Chandler, Oklahoma. There, he helped to care for men and women with intellectual disabilities and/or addictions. Later in life, that same love and faith led him around the US meeting with people and churches urging action rather than sermons. He travelled to the US/Mexico border to help the migrant population living in camps. His biggest adventure was several months spent in India and Nepal. He travelled with a small bag, a solar powered CPAP to help him sleep, and a sense that he was called to help where he could. Frank was larger than life in so many ways. He had to duck to go through most doors. He had to search for shoes big enough to hold his feet, but even if he had stood 4 feet tall, the legacy he left behind would have been that of a giant. He was unforgettable to anyone lucky enough to spend time in his company. He shared his thoughts openly and listened kindly. He often prayed with people he barely knew once he heard their troubles. He was a man of action, and a man with grand plans. He was a hero to many, a friend to all. Frank was met at Heaven’s gate by his parents and his grandson, Sterling. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 9 children, and his loving wife. Each of us, and many more, will wait for the day that we see him again.

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