Obituary for Frank Petty, 90

May 01,1927 To February 23,2018,

Noon to 1 PM, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette, MO

Funeral Services
1 PM, Saturday, Mar. 3rd, 2018 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home - Fayette, MO

Hilldale Cemetery - Rocheport, MO

Hilldale Cemetery in care of funeral home.

Fayette resident Frank Petty died peacefully at his home February 23, 2018. He was 90 years of age. Frank Petty was born May 1, 1927 to Tom and Everlena (Robinson) Petty. A 1945 graduate of Fayette High School, Frank served his country with honor in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. As a member of 2nd Division of the 9th Infantry, (“The Second to None” as they called it,) he was deployed to the front lines in Korea with, as he recalled, “two hand grenades and a belt full of ammunition.” His unit fought valiantly despite being seriously outnumbered by the enemy. As a gunner, he was one of two men who were required to fire the Browning Automatic Rifles. He and his comrade were dug in with their weapon but were constantly prime targets for enemy fire. During a particularly severe encounter, most of Frank’s company, including his ammunition partner, were killed. He suffered a shrapnel wound to his shoulder and returned to the front after treatment. Due to the heavy losses in his unit, Frank’s active duty ended in 1951 when he was honorably discharged and was awarded the Purple Heart for the wounds he suffered in the service of his country. Frank remembered later that when he wrote his mother that he was returning home “It put music in her ears.” Frank was to remain in Howard County for the rest of his life. Much of that time he worked on the Dan Miller Farms and the Fred Alexander Farms. Frank is survived by two daughters, Stephanie and Shelia Turner, both of Columbia; two sons; Stephen and John Turner, both of Columbia. Also surviving are his sister, Arnesta Henderson, of the state of California; his brother, Donald Petty, of the state of Oklahoma; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by three brothers, Roger, Tommy, and Everett Petty; three sisters, Rhoda Vinyard, Anna Lee Nichols and Mayme Lewis, and a beloved niece, Annie Mae Davis. Funeral services for Frank Petty will be 1 PM, on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette with Rev. Mike Jackman officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until 1 PM. Burial with military honors will follow at Hilldale Cemetery near Rocheport.