Frank Alexander Dell, 84

Dec. 13, 1927-Feb. 23, 2012

February 23, 2012
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Frank Alexander Dell, 84, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed this life Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, under the care of hospice at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Mapleton Depot, Pa., and was the son of the late Adam Clinton Dell and Froan Baer Dell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Barber Dell, after 58 years of marriage; and by one brother, Richard Dell.

He is survived by his three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Dell Miller, Mrs. Patricia Dell Snyder and Mrs. Barb Dell Frehn, all of Pennsylvania; two sons, Daniel Frank Alexander Dell and wife, Susan, and Col. Randall B.Dell and wife, Kymberly, of Martinsburg; four grandchildren, Amy Heather Dell, Daniel Frank Alexander Dell II and wife, Ginette, of Martinsburg, Matt Dell of London, England, and David Gregg Hoffman III and wife, Donna, of Charles Town, W.Va.; and great-grandson, Daniel Frank Alexander “Alex” Dell III.


He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines. After the war, he attended Penn State University and then worked for the Department of Defense at Letterkenny Army Depot and the Pentagon, before transferring to the Internal Revenue Service National Computer Center in Martinsburg, in 1961.

In 1983, he retired from the Department of Treasury, IRS, in Martinsburg, with more than 35 years of federal civil service.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist for more than 50 years, and belonged to the Wesley Fellowship Sunday school class. He served on several administrative church boards, and was a member of the Methodist Men’s Club.

Frank was past high priest of Lebanon Chapter No. 2, past commander of Palestine Commandery No. 2, past grand commander of Grand Commandery of West Virginia; past sovereign master of Allied Masonic Degrees, Council 21; past right eminent department commander of the Holy Royal Arch Knights of Templar Priests, Mount Council Calvary Tabernacle No. 19; and a member of the Order of Eastern Star, York Rite College No. 61, Osiris Temple Shriners AMD Council No. 359, Red Cross of Constantine, Mountain State Conclave, Anointed High Priests, Kentucky Colonels, American Legion Post 512 in Orbisonia, Pa., National Association of Retired Federal Workers, Shade Gap (Pa.) Area Lions Club (50-year member), Cromwell Temple No. 572 and Moose 120. He was also a charter member of Crime Solvers of Berkeley County, holding several offices.  

In recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to his community, he was appointed a Kentucky colonel. He volunteered for several years, preparing tax returns for senior citizens.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, with the Rev. Lloyd McCanna officiating.

The family will receive friends for viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

Family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Martin R. Brown Funeral Home in Orbisonia, 565 Ridgeley St., Orbisonia, Pa.

Interment will be held in the Orbisonia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

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