Frank Bokanovich

June 30, 1930 - January 11, 2018

06/30/1930 - 01/11/2018

Frank E. “Gene” Bokanovich, 87, of Moundsville, WV, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, in Shadyside Care Center, Shadyside, OH.

He was born June 30, 1930, a son of the late William F. Bokanovich and Mary (Omar) Powell. Frank attended East Richland Friends Church and was a member of the Eagles. He was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed going to the dog tracks. Frank was a great sports fan, but above all he loved the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by one son, Gary Bokanovich (2016); his step-father, Howard Powell; two brothers, Robert Dean Bokanovich and Leon Powell and one sister, Margie Fitzpatrick

Frank is survived by his loving wife, of 69 years, Lona Belle (Lepko) Bokanovich; two daughters, Dawn Bokanovich of St. Clairsville, OH, and Joni Bokanovich of Fairmont, WV; one son, Scot (Mary Ellen) Bokanovich of Manassas, VA; one daughter-in-law, Sonya Bokanovich of Bridgeport, OH; two brothers, James (Dottie) Bokanovich of Cayce, SC, and Phillip Bokanovich of PA; two sisters, Joanne Elson of Fairmont, and Marlene (Bob) Ney of Wheeling, WV; four grandchildren, one great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to East Richland Friends Church by clicking here or to the Shadyside Care Center by clicking here.

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Debbie Yoder. Teller at Wheeling Downs
5 years ago

Was so very sorry to see that Gene had passed. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen you both at the track. Lonna you an Gene were always 2 of our favorite customers!!! Hugs an Prayers to you all. He was a wonderful guy an will be greatly missed at the dog track. My Deepest Sympathy!!

JonI Morris
5 years ago

I played softball with Dawn. I can remember Frank at all the games.
Dawn & Joni – you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

Jay Knapp
5 years ago

P.I., Frog, Pritsch, Lolo, Ferris, Whitey, Lacky, Key, Keith, Sid, Greek, and Shakey are all older men I remember from my youth who were usually widely known by their nickname or one name. I know I was entertained or learned something from everyone one of them after turning 18 and loafing in certain “establishments”. Gene was definitely one of them, and the best dresser in the group. While I haven’t seen him for years, I’m sure he enjoyed his life and family as much as anyone till the end. My thoughts and sympathy go out to all of his family and many friends he made in his lifetime.

Bo Bokanovich
5 years ago

Dear Aunt Lona Belle, Dawn, Joni, Scott and extended family. I was saddened to learn from Aunt Marlene of Uncle Gene’s passing. As a Hospice RN I have learned that we are mortal spiritual beings on an earthly journey. Uncle Gene’s journey has come to an end but the energy and love of his spirit will be forever with you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bo, Elaine, Aidan, Orrin, Liam, and Teagan Bokanovich

Sheila Nelson-Hensley
5 years ago

Joni and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your are such a family of faith and know that he is with our Lord. Hugs to all of you as you find the peace and strength during this heartbreaking time. Love, Sheila