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Frank D. DelSignore

April 8, 1924 ~ October 15, 2020 (age 96)

Obituary

Frank D. DelSignore, born April 8, 1924, in Meriden, WV, died October 15, 2020 in his home in Davis, WV under the loving care of his son John and daughter-in-law Mandy. He was the son of the late Paulo DelSignore and Vincenza Pizzoferrata. 

Frank quit school at the age of 16 to enlist in the Army. He served in the 1st Battalion 160th Infantry from 1940 – 1945, honorably discharged as a TSGT having served in Iceland, England, Ireland, Africa, Sicily, and the South Pacific. Frank led a very interesting life and was a jack-of-all trades. After marrying Glenda Peterson, the love of his life, in 1951, they moved to Chicago where he became a Journeyman Machinist, carrying this trade back to Wheeling, WV. He learned to ski while in the Army, so it was a perfect fit for him to manage the Weiss Knob Ski Resort for several years. He was in the trucking business for many years and built the Canaan Valley Golf Course. Using the equipment from building the golf course, he leased the land between Davis and Thomas and stripped coal for a year on his own before forming Davis Trucking Company which employed several people for many years. At the age of 49, Frank retired when he sold the business to his brothers, making it the most successful of their Buffalo Coal Company businesses. He took up flying at the age of 55, getting his private pilot’s license and logging over 1,200 hours of flight time over 20 years. Frank loved his wife dearly and always said that the successes in his life would have never been possible without her at his side. His life was filled with extraordinary stories, and he loved to share them. He loved his family, friends, laughing, hunting, fishing, and being social. He was a standing member of the Davis F.O.E and the American Legion. Frank never met a stranger in his life.

Surviving are his three daughters, Jennie Lynn Helmick, Davis, WV, Karen (Kenny) Evans, Thomas, WV, Angela (Bill) Dashiell, Fishing Creek, MD; and one son, John. M. DelSignore (Mandy), Weirton, WV; sixteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and sister, Patricia Wilhelm, Aberdeen, MD. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 68 years, Glenda; two sons, Frank M. DelSignore, Ortanna, PA and Donald DelSignore, Fredericksburg, VA; one grandson, Andy Evans, Thomas, WV; five brothers, Carl DelSignore, Warren DelSignore, Harman (Teep) DelSignore, Carmen DelSignore, and George DelSignore; and one sister Elsie (Lisa) Stanya. Services are private to the immediate family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.hinklefennerfuneralhome.com

In Lieu of Flowers- Donations may be made to the Veterans Memorial of Davis, WV - VFW  PO Box 53 Davis, WV 26260

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