Frank Warner

Frank Warner with son F. Todd Warner on “POSH” during the 2005 Lake Minnetonka Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous – Dane Anderson photo.

On Sunday evening we learned the sad news that Frank Warner passed away on Friday, May 17th. Frank was a long time antique & classic boat collector in Minnesota & noted Charter Member of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS). We would like to send our condolences to F. Todd Warner and Frank Warner’s extended family.

Warner, Franklin Annis 8/8/24 – 5/17/13
(Courtesy – Gill Brothers Funeral Services)

Frank A. Warner, the charismatic entrepreneur, WWII combat veteran, antique car & boat collector, and father of 13 children from blended families, died peacefully on May 17 at the age of 88.

Born August 8, 1924, Frank was an Eagle Scout in Troop 98 (Kenwood) and a Crack Squad leader and ROTC graduate from Shattuck High School in 1942. After Army Officer training at Fort Benning, Frank led 1st Platoon, company E of the 47th infantry, 9th Division in France after landing on Omaha Beach June 16 (D-Day 10). Frank was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded by mortar on July 27, 1944, near Sainte-Mère-Église, France. Later he was an officer in the Army Transportation Corp “Red Ball Express”.

Frank married Mary Louise Strong in June 1948, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1949, and is survived by three children: Susan Weil (PhD), Sheila Dickinson (Jim) and F. Todd Warner. Frank’s investment career included JM Dain, Lee Higginson and Co., and Frank Warner Securities. He led entrepreneurial ventures with White Webb Mellon, Gold Eagle Corporation, Plastison Corporation, and Hammond Industries.

A lifetime resident of Minnetonka Beach, Interlachen Park, and Rolling Green (Edina), Frank was active in Fox and Hounds, Antique and Classic Boats, sailing, Minnetonka Yacht Club, Interlachen and Lafayette Country Clubs, and the Lincoln Continental Owners Club.

Frank remarried Marjorie (Beddor) Zarling in 1974 and is survived by 10 children: Cynthia Zarling (PhD), Suzie (John) Kearns, Chris (John) Kellogg, Richard (Charlene) Zarling, Anne Zarling, Beth (Gary) Metzler, Teri (Bill) O’Rourke, Pauline (Rick) FitzGerald, Dan (Christine) Zarling and David (Kelly) Zarling, plus 21 grandchildren. Frank’s many passions included Bone Lake, WI and his dogs.

Preceded in death by siblings, Katherine “Petty” Warner, David Warner (Jo), Arthur B. “Barney” Warner, and his wife, Marjorie Beddor Warner. Survived by brother, Thomas L. Warner (Barbara).

Services will be held Wednesday, May 22, 10 AM, at Lakewood Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 822-2171, with interment at 9 AM. Gill Brothers Funeral Services   952-888-7771
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Thanks to fellow Woody Boaters Mike Favilla & Dane Anderson for bringing this news to our attention.
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3 Responses to “Frank A. Warner 8/8/24 – 5/17/13”
  1. Fredster

    One of the nicest guys Ive ever met. Was always impressed with his knowledge & passion towards wooden boat history. I will miss his presence & compassion. Say goodbye for me Todd,,, your sympathy is shared.