The Rev. Dr. Arnold L. Frank

March 18, 1931 ‒ July 12, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments.” Psalm 112:1

Arnold Frank, a man who feared the Lord and delighted in His commandments, passed away Sunday evening, July 12, 2015, at Wedgewood Estates Manor House.  He was 84.

He was born March 18, 1931, in Conewango, NY, the son of Fred C. and Geneva R. Frank.

In April 1951 he married his beloved wife Jean who survives.  He is also survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Jon Burton of Mansfield, Darlene and Terry Russell of Rawlings, Maryland, and Martha and William Bushong of Madison, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren, Andrew (Bethel) Burton of Mansfield, Matthew Burton of El Paso, Texas, Elizabeth Burton of Mansfield, Emily (Gareth) Hughes of Fuquay-varina, North Carolina, Bethany (Jeremy) Wilson of Cumberland, Maryland, Thomas (Anna) Russell of Washington D.C, Grace Bushong, Isaac Bushong, and Gloria Bushong, all of Madison, Wisconsin; and five great-grandchildren, Calvin, Owen and Jane Hughes, Abigail Burton and Jesse Arnold Wilson.  Also surviving are two sisters, Phyllis Frank of Jamestown, New York, and Dorothy Radd of River Falls, Wisconsin.

Dr. Frank graduated from Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School in Boston and Wenham, Massachusetts, and served as pastor at First United Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and South Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.  He earned his doctorate from Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, California, in 2003.  As part of his doctorate project, he authored the book, The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine.

Arnold was a humble man who loved and trusted in Christ, his Savior and Lord, and practiced what he preached.  Many were called into Christ’s Kingdom and encouraged in their walks with Christ through the gifts God gave him to preach and teach.  His life was a witness to the truths of God’s Word, and he looked forward to the day when he would see Christ fully and sing His praises.

He and his wife Jean enjoyed visiting with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as traveling, having made three trips to Europe, including a Reformation tour.

A private burial will be held in Mansfield Cemetery.  A memorial service will be held at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Mansfield, on Saturday, July 18 at 11:00 AM, with The Rev. Matthew Judd presiding.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to assist the Frank family with funeral arrangements.

Memorial gifts can be made to Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA, or Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staffs at Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospice as well as Wedgewood Manor House for the compassionate care extended to Arnold.

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  • Dear Jean, and family,
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones. We were blessed to be under Arnie’s preaching and teaching for a time at South Hills. Jeff would come home from presbytery and committee meetings and tell of Arnie’s stalwart stand for the Truth. He learned to outline sermons like Arnie. We appreciated his sense of humor which appeared when least expected in his sermons and the thing was to see which one of us experienced the least amount of lag time before “getting it”. He was always great to “be there” when there was sickness or death in the family for just the right amount of time and always focusing us upon our great sovereign God, Creator and Redeemer. We are praying for you during this time of loss, sorrowing with you, yet rejoicing in knowing your dear husband and father is in the nearer presence of His God.
    With our heartfelt sympathy,
    Pastor Jeff and Vanessa Black

  • There are very few families that have the memory of a GOD loving man like Arnie. The example he was for his family from wife, children and grand children is a map for all to follow in life. Through out the years, he was a leader and example of Christ. Few ministers can go through life like Arnie did in his 84 years with out a stain on his morals or personality. As he entered Heaven, there were many there to greet Arnie. Arnie must have been pleased to be with the many he led to Christ as he was greeted by them. I can imagine the happiness of his greeters as they took Arnie by the hand. leading him to each one he loved through out his life on earth.

  • Dear Jean and family,
    We were so very sorry to hear of Arnold’s passing. We remember the day we moved into the home next door to you (in the country) and he introduced himself saying he had two first names, Arnold and Frank. He was a wonderful man and a man of God who was true to his beliefs. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers and may God keep you in the hollow of His loving hand. God bless you.
    Marvin and Pat

  • Dear Jean and family, So sorry to hear of your loss but rejoicing with you as Arnie is in the presence of His Lord. I have precious memories of our childhood days in Conewango and our visits to your home in Lawrence and Mt. Lebanon. Arnie’s life was always an inspiration.
    God’s comfort and peace be with you. Ginny

  • Dear Jean, you may not remember me, but I am Arnie’s cousin on his mother’s side. Aunt Geneva was my father’s (Forest Rice) sister. I have many fond memories of the holidays all of us gathered at the Rice Farm in Portville, at Christmas time especially. The aunts and uncles came with their kids, our cousins, and we so enjoyed seeing them and visiting with them once again. I also well remember a few times during the harsh Conewango winters when I would visit the Frank home during Christmas vacation. Dorothy and I were such good friends, being almost the same age. Arnold, being a bit older, seemed so wise to me during those days, it was nice to have a cousin to look up to! I attended your wedding, it was lovely. The last time I saw Arnie was at Aunt Geneva’s funeral. I was always so thankful that Arnie was a Christian, for I am also a Christian. It was also so great to know I had a preacher cousin!! It was great reading the above condolences and memories of others who knew Arnie, and to read about so many people Arnie led to Christ. May the Lord bless and keep you, Jean, and make His Face to shine upon you. –Marilyn

  • So sorry to hear of Arnold’s death. It is wonderful to all be part of the great family of God and we look forward to seeing him in the earth made new. May that day be soon! God bless you all. Martha and Marty Feldbush

  • Dr. Frank’s book was the first we released in 2007 our inaugural year of publishing. We published an expanded second edition in 2008, with four printings of “The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine.” In my “Letter From the Publisher” I related: “I knew it had to be published for general consumption and careful study by the Christian community, those genuinely serious about the Word of God and worshiping our Lord….. Dr. Arnold Frank with excellence expounds on this doctrine, defining it in great detail using numerous quotations from the Puritans to educate readers of this crucial doctrine of Holy Scriptures.” My wife, Gail and I regret the only time we had an opportunity of meeting the Frank’s personally, was when they were traveling through California and stopped by our publishing office…. but we were out of town. Dr. Frank was always very gracious and his book will have everlasting fruit on earth. He certainly exemplified Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus….” Gerald Christian Nordskog, Ventura, CA

  • He was our pastor and our friend, and his godly influence in our lives has already affected two generations of our family, and by God’s grace will continue into the following generations. We think he now knows something of the difference his faithful walk has made on the lives of those he touched, and we are sure he has heard “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” from the Master.

    We will always honor and remember him, and we are praying for all your family now.

    ~ Bob and Linda Wohleber, Destin, Florida