Frank Eugene Soukup, 93, of O'Neill died Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Arbor Care Center in O'Neill.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill with a 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2021 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill. Fr. Bernard Starman will officiate.
Burial will be in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill with military rites provided by the O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Frank was born on Feb. 21, 1928 in O’Neill to Joseph and Frances (Jirak) Soukup. He attended District 8 School, northwest of O’Neill, through the eighth grade.
He then started helping on the family farm and renting some ground of his own.
Frank entered the U.S. Army on Feb. 1, 1951 and served in Okinawa. While in the service, he made many lifelong friends.
After being discharged on Jan. 11, 1953, Frank returned to the O’Neill area where he continued to farm.
Frank met Arllys Wayman one night at Danceland. The couple was later married on Feb. 12, 1953 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. To this union five children were born. They made their home on the family farm, northwest of O’Neill.
Along with farming, Frank also sold Pioneer Seed for over 36 years.
Frank was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, was an REA Board Member and was on the St. Anthony’s Hospital Board.
Frank enjoyed hunting when he was younger, playing cards, playing checkers and gardening. He and Arllys enjoyed traveling, making several trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas.
Frank is survived by his three sons Gene (Cindy) Soukup, Gary (Deana) Soukup and Steve (Connie) Soukup, all of O’Neill; two daughters Barb (Randy) Hascall of Tea, SD and Kathy (Duane) Diez of Dakota Dunes, SD; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Arllys in 2018, one grandson Dustin Hascall and one granddaughter Jenny Hascall.