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Obituary: Rosco, Frank Darrell

Age 72

ROSCO, Frank Darrell Passed away on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at Hospice House of North Idaho; he was born March 28th 1942 in Wallace, ID to Vernon and Ethel White Rosco. Frank grew up in the Kellogg and Bonners Ferry areas. After high school, Frank joined the U.S. Navy on May 25th, 1959 and did one tour of duty till March 4th, 1963. Frank then went into the Reserves until June 3rd, 1965. He went home and took a job with the lumber mill in Bonners Ferry, ID. He then joined the U.S. Air Force on April 15th, 1965 and retired on July 31st, 1981. Frank’s career in the U.S. Navy took him to many different ports. He started boot camp in San Diego, CA. Then he went on to be stationed at Miramar N.A.S. In San Diego, CA, where he did his Photographers Mate A School. He then was assigned to AEWBARRONPAC Midway Det. On Midway Island, Treasure Island, Oakland, CA, and onto Sandpoint N.A.S. In Seattle, WA until he went into the reserves. Frank’s career in the U.S. Air Force provided him many opportunities for travel. He did his basic training at Keesler A.F.B Biloxi, MS and then went onto be stationed at MacDill A.F.B in Tampa, FL for his Tech Training School to learn Combat Photography. He was then stationed at Mountain Home A.F.B. In Mountain Home, ID, NAHA A.F.B in Okinawa, Japan, F.E. Warren A.F.B. Cheyenne, WY, Rhein Mein A.F.B. In Frankfort, Germany, McChord A.F.B. In Tacoma, WA, Udorn Royal Thai A.F.B in Udorn, Thailand, and Fairchild A.F.B., Spokane, WA until he retired. While serving in the U.S. Air Force he did multiple missions into Vietnam to photograph and record the war, both on land and in the air. Some of his reels and photos are displayed at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. While enjoying retirement in Coeur D’ Alene, ID Frank met the love of his life and fishing partner. He met her in 2003 and had their first date at Red Lobster. In between fishing trips, they enjoyed traveling together to see both of their families; taking cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, and sapphire mining in Montana. Their favorite interest was going to flea markets and antique shops. Frank is survived by his wife Sandra Peck Hayes Rosco; daughter Korena (Rosco) Townsend and her husband Larry; daughter-in-law, Marjorie Harper Rosco Sawyer; six stepchildren, Holly Payne, Jeff (Kim) Ylitalo, Marsha (J.J) Dee, Debbie (Duane) Harrison, Karen Gill, Cameron (Jill) Ylitalo; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Russell (Marion) Rosco, Vernon Rosco, John (Pennie) Rosco; and sister Annie Rosco (Eldon) Koon; aunt Valdie White Burkholder; numerous nieces and nephews; childhood friend, Terry Dinning and family, good friends Bob and Maggie Tredway, Cheryl Burchell, Ken Burchell, and Steve and Jan Holweg. Preceded by his parents Vernon and Ethel White Rosco, and sister Ruth Rosco La Brosse and spouse Eugene LaBrosse. A celebration of his life is to be planned later this summer. If you would like to donate in Frank Rosco’s name please make donations to Wounded Warrior Project, Hospice House of N. Idaho or the American Legion Post 143 Post Falls, Idaho. Please visit Frank’s memorial and sign his online guest book at


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