A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2011, at La Grone Funeral Chapel for Franklin D. Schlatter, 77, who passed away Friday, April 1, 2011, at Roswell Regional Hospital.
Family will greet friends at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, today, Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 3 to 5 p.m. Frank was born in Peoria, Ill., on July 22, 1933, to Bernard and Lucille, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his son, Richard Allen Schlatter, and son Davidâ€™s wife, Christine Schlatter.
Frank married Carole Rhodes on Aug. 16, 1959, in Peoria. She survives him at the family home. He is also survived by his first son, David of Aurora, Colo.; and his siblings, Robert B. (Benny), Vera Tyler, Ed and his wife Pat, and Roger; his brother -in-law Steve Rhodes and wife Terry; sister -in-law Beth Rhodes; nieces, Summer Rhodes Ferreira and husband Kurt, Evelyn Schlatter, Jennifer Schlatter, Annette Tyler and Jeaninne Tyler; and nephews, Sky Rhodes and wife Megan, Jimmy Schlatter, John Schlatter and Jeffery Schlatter and wife Donna. He is also survived by grandchildren, Lindsay Pechar and Tailor Sterner; and two great-grandchildren.
Frank and Carole moved to Roswell where Frank began a 34-year teaching career, 25 of those at Roswell High School. He retired in 1993. He was known as an innovative and dedicated teacher of English, and is remembered and loved by numerous students, many of whom still live in Roswell.
His service to the field of English included serving as a founding member of the New Mexico Council of Teachers of English. He was elected board member of the National Council of Teachers of English and editor of their newsletter. He was also a charter member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards from 1981 to 1992.
At the time of his death, he was president of the Retired Teachers of Roswell. Frank had also been a long-time supporter of the Roswell Community Little Theatre, and served as board president for at least six terms. He directed many plays, and acted in, wrote and produced others, often joined by his wife and sons through the years.
He was scheduled to direct the upcoming play, Leading Ladies. He served as historian, and kept the history and all of the scrapbooks of the organization. After high school Frank joined the Army and served in Heidelberg, Germany, in the 33rd Army Band. He was instrumental in maintaining long-term friendships where biannual reunions have been held since 1997.
One of his closest band member friends was Dr. Roger Dickerson, and the two of them started the Pecos Valley Jazz & Arts Festival which continues as the Roswell Jazz Festival. Roger, who lives in New Orleans, came to Roswell at Frank and Caroleâ€™s invitation during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. It was during Frankâ€™s Army service that he was introduced to the Bahaâ€™i Faith in 1957. Upon returning to Peoria, he met and married his wife Carole, a Bahaâ€™i. Frankâ€™s loyalty and service to the Faith is legendary.
He was named the first Hand-ofthe- Cause and Secretary General by the Third Guardian Joel B. Marangella, whose most recent tribute follows: And dear Frank, as one who so faithfully, untiringly and magnificently labored for half a century in steadfast support of and fidelity to the Covenant of Baha’u’llah and in his untiring defense of the sacred, and immutable provisions of the divinely conceived Will and Testament penned by the Center of that Covenant, he has moreover most certainly been lovingly welcomed and warmly embraced by both Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l Baha.
Friends and family may give their condolences online at lagronefuneralchapels. com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.