Frank Jares, Sr.
Frank Victor Jares, Sr., 94, of Staples, died August 24, 2019.
Funeral Mass was held Aug. 30, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Frank was born to Anthony and Mary (Nanik) Jares at their home in Byron Township, Cass County, on September 22, 1924. He was the fifth of ten children. During his lifetime Frank attended country school until the eighth grade. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Over the years, Frank was a jack of many trades, working in a variety of areas including school bus driver, fireman, building construction, cabinet maker, masonry work, welder, diesel mechanic, farming and logging. Frank proudly answered the call to serve his country. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 14, 1944. He served with the 569th Field Artillery Battalion in Germany and France. While in the service, he was a truck driver, hauling ammunition and supplies, and an instructor. He was honorably discharged on May 4, 1946 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. Years later Frank served as Commander of the Staples VFW Post #1910, and was a lifetime member of the Wadena VFW. When he wasn’t working, Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing and socializing with friends and family. He looked forward to his annual trips to the Colorado mountains to hunt elk with his brother Kenny. Frank was also an avid horseman and a member of the Bushwhacker Trail Riders, earning many “oldest rider” trophies along the way.
Frank is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth (Mark) Capistrant, Staples, Cheryl (Brent) Hahn, Verndale and Beverly (Fred) Williams of Milton, FL; two sons, Frank (Kim) Jares, Bertha, Keith Jares, Staples; 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren (three more on the way), one great-great grandchild; one sister Katherine (Donald) Strack, Randall; many nieces, nephews and his equine friend, Spot.
He is preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Henry, Floyd, Harold, Thomas, Donald and Kenneth; two sisters, Marion Volner and Violet Peterson; stepson, Robert E. Bruun, grandson, Robert J. Bruun and an infant son.
Arrangements were by the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.