Frank Morris Cleary, 78, of Beverly Hills, formerly of St. Alban's, W. Va., died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at home. He was born April 26,1929, in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Cleary graduated in 1948 from Southwest High School, St. Louis, where he enjoyed football, tennis, and swimming. After high school, he attended Washington University in. St. Louis. It was from Washington University that Mr. Cleary received both his bachelor's and master's degrees. He was a proud veteran serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves during the Korean War and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Cleary retired in 1994 as the senior safety administrator for General Motors, Research and Tech Center after 25 years. He was a former safety professional with Monsanto Chemical Company of St. Louis. He also was recently an adjunct professor for Oakland University, a position that he undertook in 1983. At Oakland University, he taught undergraduate courses in occupational safety and fire protection and prevention. In addition, Mr. Cleary was a devoted scout leader and executive board member of the Detroit Area Council, B.S.A. He was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, where he was involved with the ushers club and Boy Scout Troop 1029. He also was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and a past president of the American Society of Safety Engineering. Mr. Cleary enjoyed spectator sports, especially the Detroit Red Wings. He was the beloved husband of LaVerne M. (nee. Roland) for 56 years; dear father of Carol A. Cleary, Stephen F. (Tammy) Cleary and Kathleen E. (Ron) Blank; grandfather of Ryan, Steven, David, Shawn, Chad and Shannon; and brother of Geraldine Schoen and Michael (Linda) Cleary. Services have been held; memorial tributes to the church or James E. West Fellowship, Detroit Area Council, B.S.A., 1776 W. Warren Ave., Detroit 48208; online memories at www.desmondfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Dec. 30, 2007.
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