Frank P. "Gunner" Stauch died in Athens, Alabama, April 10, 2017, after a six-month battle with brain cancer. Frank was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 29, 1950. Upon graduation from Southwest High School in Kansas City (1969) he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served around the world for 26 years. During a brief hiatus from the Navy in late 1970's, Frank returned to the Kansas City area and served in law enforcement, rising to the rank of Sergeant. In 1981 he succumbed to the siren call of the sea and returned to the Navy. The Navy commissioned him Chief Warrant Officer, and he gained the beloved nickname "Gunner." Gunner continued his Naval service until retirement in 1998. Following the Navy, he served the nation until his death, first in the National Capital Region, then with a change in 2003 to the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, Alabama. Other titles Gunner proudly took on during his 66 years were "Husband" to Pam (married 1969), "Dad" to Toby (born to Pam and Frank 1971), "Father In-Law" to Janoe (married Toby 1996), "Golfer" (sometime in the early 1990's), and indubitably his favorite, "Poppy" to Maren and Larson (born to Toby and Janoe, 2002 and 2003, respectively). The family will celebrate Gunner "making the turn" on Friday, April 14, in the clubhouse of the Canebrake Golf Course, Athens, Alabama. A short remembrance will occur at 1 p.m., with a "19th hole" celebration to follow. Interment to follow at the National Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee the following week.
Published on April 12, 2017