Frank was born in Cushing, Oklahoma to Roy and Mary Gilkey. They came to Brighton, Colorado, along with his older brother Charles when Frank was five or six years old. He enjoyed a small-town upbringing and felt lucky to have grown up when and where he did. As an adult, he and Roy spent many weekends stream fishing or snow skiing.
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Frank attended Denver University and stopped just short of graduating. He worked for his father, painting cars before entering the Navy in 1950. He was a submariner and had duty on the USS Tilefish and the USS Diodon.
While in San Diego, he met and married Bettie Hiller and they had a son, Michael Gilkey. They divorced and Frank then returned to Colorado in the late 1950s.
Frank had a love for cars and he owned and rebuilt many MG’s in his early years. He also had some beautiful cars ranging from 1950’s era Fords, to the first Corvette Stingray, and many new Cadillacs. All of his automobiles were immaculately maintained.
He also had a small dog at all times during the last several decades of his life. He loved the dogs and spoiled them as much as could be. He said, “I would sell my car to help the dog.”
His latest dog “Oreo” was found at the breed’s association and will be placed accordingly. He made detailed plans for the dog’s care if something were to happen to him.
Frank had several jobs in Denver ranging from “meter reader” to Cadillac salesman. He met Nancy Roberts in Denver and they married in 1967. They spent many hours motorcycling around the country with friends. Nancy’s job with GM took them to Michigan for several years.
Together they moved back to Colorado and purchased the Crestwood Manor Motel in Akron, Colorado.
They ran and managed the motel for many years until they divorced.
Frank moved to Greeley to be nearer to his medical doctors. He was known for his unique, handmade, printed shirts. He enjoyed visiting with friends in several of Greeley’s coffee shops. Many people enjoyed his friendly and positive personality.
Frank will be missed by many, including his friend Susan, his in-laws from his last marriage, Bob, Jan, and Dr. Terri. He was appreciative of many doctors, but especially grateful for Dr. Lynn Dilley and Dr. Kelly Sanderford who helped him immensely over the last decades of his life.
Survivors include his son Michael (California) and nephews Chuck (Florida) and Rick (Greeley).
Frank wishes were to have no services. His cremains will be interred in the wall at Ft. Logan Cemetery.