Francis Joseph Pokorny Jr., 74, died peacefully on July 18, 2020 at Journey Senior Living in Valparaiso, IN, joining his daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth (1981-99). Frank was born in Monongahela, PA on September 19, 1945 to Anna Elizabeth Zifchak and Francis Joseph Pokorny Sr., who preceded him in death. Frank was a member of the Donora High School class of 1963. He graduated from California State College in 1967 and was affiliated with the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. After teaching one year in Arlington, VA, Frank relocated to the Midwest, where he furthered his career in environmental consulting with Cities Service Oil Co. (East Chicago, IN) and Nalco Chemical Co. (Chicago and Clearing, Illinois). In 1975 he joined as a partner in Gabriel Labs and retired in 2007 as a partner in Eagle Environmental. Frank is survived by Clare Livingston, his wife of 51 years, daughter Michelle Lynn of Fallbrook, CA, son Daniel Joseph (Natalie) of Valparaiso, IN and son Andrew David (Chelsea) of Salem, OR, grandchildren Charlie Byrd, Vincent Orion, Violet Kathryn of Valparaiso and Naia Elizabeth of Salem, OR, and sister Marge Lucas (Paul) of Alexandria, VA.
Frank’s passions included traveling to all 50 states and 6 continents. He loved camping and exploring in our National Parks and landscaping in his own personal “National Park Pokorny” at his home in Valparaiso. His children fondly remember sharing in their father’s enjoyment of trees, wood carvings of all sorts, sunsets and campfires. His family and community of friends provided an abundance of experiences that continued even through his struggles with Alzheimer’s.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Salvation Army, VNA Hospice, World Wildlife Fund, a National Park, or a charity of your choice.