Frank Ping, 92, passed away March 14, 2014, at Guardian Angel Homes in Liberty Lake, Wash.
He was born March 6, 1922, in Papakovasci, Hungary. Frank was the oldest of five children and was raised on the family farm.
He served in World War II and was active in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, which resulted in his emigration to Canada. He originally settled in Vancouver, B.C., where he completed a forest engineering degree at University of British Columbia.
Vancouver was also where he met his wife, Margaret. Later, family helped him immigrate to the U.S. The majority of his working years were in forestry. He lived in various locations, finally settling in Tonasket, Wash., where he raised his family and retired from the state Department of Natural Resources after 20 years of service. Frank and Margaret recently relocated to Liberty Lake, Wash., to be closer to family. Through the years he continued to be active with ethnic Hungarian groups and his fellow classmates from UBC. He maintained close ties with many people that accompanied him to Canada after leaving Hungary.
Frank is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret of Liberty Lake; son, Frank (Sheila) Ping of Spokane Valley, Wash.; daughter, Cathy (Mark) Harris of Veradale, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins all residing in Hungary.
Special thanks to Guardian Angel Homes and Hospice of Spokane for their amazing care and support in helping make Frank’s last days full of kindness and comfort.
A celebration of Frank’s life will be planned by the family and announced at a later date.
Frank supported environmental causes like the World Wildlife Foundation. Please consider a donation instead to this or a similar cause in his memory.
Community Cremation and Funeral of Spokane Valley, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.