Frank Terifaj Jr. - February 17, 2009Frank Terifaj Jr. was born on June 19, 1924 at Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of four children born to Frank and Anna Mary Stefka Terifaj. He grew up and attended school in Cleveland.
Frank joined the United States Marines in March of 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was actively involved during the invasion of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands. Frank received his honorable discharge in November of 1945, having reached the rank of a corporal.
Frank returned to Cleveland and was married to Eileen Hunt on Sept. 28, 1947. Four children were born to this union. The family moved to Pomona, Calif., in 1957. While in California, Frank developed his own company, the T Craft Mold and Engineering Co. based in Upland. The company manufactured steel molds that were used to form plastic injection ports, used widely in the medical field.
He moved to Grant, Neb. in 2001 to be closer to his daughter. Frank had been diagnosed with a malignancy last fall and had been in failing health when he died at his home in Grant on Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, 2009. He had reached the age of 84.
Frank enjoyed the game of golf. He actively played in California and when he moved to Grant he was part of a group that had a 1:00 tee time on weekdays. He was a member of the Grant American Legion and was pleased that he was able to participate in the Heartland Honor Flight, a project that has been flying World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to observe the memorials. Last fall he went along with his good friend Burle Newth.
In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his two brothers, John and Paul.
He is survived by his two sons, Greg Terifaj of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Ron and wife Tammy Terifaj of Ft. Mohave, Ariz.; two daughters, Doreen and husband Paul Rodriguez of Chino, Calif., and Sharon Carlson of Grant; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his sister, Ann Zanath of Glendale, Ariz.; other relatives and friends.
Services were held Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 at Grant Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Russ Gaar officiating.
Music was by Jeanne Gaar and Paul Rodriguez.
Casket bearers were Burle Newth, Ron Patrick, Jack Todd, Gerald Werner, Larry Morrison and Whitey Shirley.
Interment was in Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.