Frank Edward Usnick, 82, of Albuquerque, NM, passed away peacefully in the presence of family members on Friday evening, May 8, 2020.
Frank was born in Kansas City, MO on September 27, 1937, to Frank Marion Usnick and Eudora Carmen Sylvia Usnick. He was the seventh of eight children. In 1957 he went to work for the Sante Fe Railroad as a telegrapher. At the age of 22, he met the love of his life, Martha Carolin Schlabach and married her on July 5, 1959. They moved frequently early in his career and ended up in Amarillo, TX in 1966.
During that time, Frank and Martha had two sons, Frank Edward Usnick II and Mark Christopher Usnick. Frank and Martha spent the next 23 years in Amarillo, and in 1989 were transferred to Albuquerque, NM.
Frank retired from the Santa Fe Railroad in 1999, after 42 years of service. In 2019, with his health failing, he moved back to Amarillo to be closer to family. He passed away in the home of his youngest son Mark.
Frank loved riding motorcycles. For most of the years he lived in NM, he could be found taking trips on his Gold Wing with Martha or riding along with his other “Biker Buddies”. One of his favorite hobbies was wood working which started in shop class in Kansas City. He enjoyed making things, from furniture to game boards, for family and friends on his Shop Smith and other tools. Many warm memories will be left from all of the things he created. Frank will also be remembered for his rather corny sense of humor. Many eyes have rolled over the years from his jokes and stories, most of which he repeated regularly.
Mostly, he will be remembered as a loving husband and father who always put his family first and was willing to sacrifice what was needed – time, money, personal interests – to make sure his family was well cared for.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Usnick, of Amarillo, TX., two sons, Mark Usnick, and wife, Samantha, of Amarillo, TX, and Frank Usnick II, and wife, Beth, of Plano, TX. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Frank Usnick III, of Fort Worth, TX, Ben Usnick, of College Station, TX, and Christine Hennig, of Spring, TX.
Private family services will be held.