Frank Herman Rossi Passed away January 26th, 2013, in Salt Lake City, UT at the VA Hospital as a result of Lung cancer. A Memorial Celebration Services will be held at the 1st United Methodist Church in Lander, Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 11am. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, with full Military Rights.
Frank Rossi was born Oct 25, 1948, the third child to Charles and Betty Newinger Rossi in Lander, WY. Frank started school at the Upper Millcreek School, close to his family's ranch on Boulder Flat. Then his family moved to Hudson where he attended his elementary classes. When US Steel started, Frank's parents moved to Lander so their children could attend the Lander Schools, Frank graduated from Lander Vocational High School in 1966.
Frank didn't care for the "city" life so he spent his childhood summers on the Rossi Ranch on the So 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, One year the river was too high for the cattle to cross, so Frank and his Uncles built the Rossi Bridge. When things were slow around the ranch, he would help the Matador Cattle Company drive cattle from their Sweetwater Ranches to Moneta where the cattle were put on the train and shipped to Omaha, Neb. After school he worked for Don Cox at the Lander Standard helping support his mother and siblings as his father passed away of a massive heart attack in 1963.
Aug. 8, 1968, Frank joined the Army, taking basic training at Ft. Lewis, Washington. After basic training Frank was transferred to Ft Benning, Georgia for paratrooper training and gunner training. He then transferred to Ft. Ord, California where he received his final training preparing him for Vietnam. Frank served his country in Vietnam from Oc. 14, 1969 to Oct. 12, 1970. Upon returning to the United States he completed his 3 years as a Drill Sargent at Ft. Hood, Texas. Frank received several medals including: 3 Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Expert (81MM Mortar), Expert (4.2 Mortar), Parachutist Medal, Sharpshooter Rifle Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Sargent E-5, Frank Rossi, was Honorably discharged from the United States Army, 100 and 1st Airborne, August 8, 1971. Frank stated many times it was his honor to serve his country.
December 21, 1968, Frank married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Raynor. Frank and Darlene's first son, LeRoy was born May 26th, 1970, while Frank was in Vietnam. May 16th, 1974, their daughter Yvonne was born, and July 7th, 1980, Travis was born. After discharge from the Army, Frank and Darlene came back to Lander to make their home. Frank took over the operation of the North Fork Ranch after Darlene's father passed away in 1976.
He continued to run the ranch for his mother-in-law Lorraine, until his death. 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.
Frank's grandchildren were the highlight of his life. He also 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 4-wheeler. Frank loved to reminisce about his childhood years, and sharing stories of the many exciting and fun times with his family and friends.
Frank loved John Wayne and two of his favorite quotes were:
I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." John Wayne as John Bernard Books (The Shootist):
I haven't lost my temper in 40 years; but, Pilgrim, you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won't. I won't. The hell I won't!"
- John Wayne - To Leo Gordon in McLintock!
Frank is survived by his wife, Darlene and mother-in-law Lorraine Raynor, son LeRoy Rossi, grandson Jami, daughter Yvonne Rossi Thornley and son-in-law Samuel, their daughters Danen and Derean, and son Travis Rossi and daughter Trysten. Sister Bonnie Rossi Johnson and her husband Raymond of Lander, Brother David and Vicki Rossi of Ellensburg, Washington. Brother-in-laws John Raynor of Winnemucca, NV, and Robert Raynor and wife Barbara of San TanValley, AZ. Nieces and Nephews: Sara Rossi Sparks and Brian Sparks and children, Brandon and Pearl Rossi and son, Jessica Rossi Rosenkranz and husband John, all from Ellensburg, Washington. Perry Johnson and sons of Lander, Bobbie and Jill Johnson and children of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Craig and Rhonda Johnson and sons of Lander, Julie Rossi Crane and Mike and sons of Ft. Collins, Co, and Michael Rossi and wife Jennifer and children of Indiana. Peggy Raynor Wolf and children of Lander, WY, Melissa Raynor, David Raynor and wife Wendy and children, JD Raynor and wife Ramona and children of Winnemucca, NV, Crystal and husband Brian Metzenheim of Reno, NV, Abby and husband Zack and daughter of AZ, and Adam Raynor of Laramie, WY.
Frank was preceded in death by his parent 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, Lander, Wyoming.