OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS
A good friend and colleague, an experienced and skilled aviator
missed by all who knew him.
Frank J. Kleczek, 84, of Millis where he has been a resident since 1965, died Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at the Caritas St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston.
Born January 21, 1921 in Boston, he was the son of the late Martin and Teofila (Zapolska) Kleczek. He was educated in the former Mechanic Arts High School (currently Boston Technical High School) graduating with the class of 1940. A US Army Air Corps Veteran of WWII, he completed Aviation Cadet Training, graduating a 2nd Lt., Bomber Pilot, and completed 38 combat missions in the Pacific Theatre, before being honorable discharged in January, 1946 as a Lieutenant. His military career continued when he was recalled Jan. 2nd, 1951 to active duty as a Captain, Aircraft Commander, Instrument and Flight Examiner in DC-6’s, C-54’s, and B-25’s. He was honorably discharged again Jan. 31st, 1958 as a Major.
His civilian career included employment with Doelcan Corp., Newton corner as a Mechanical Designer, Sturtevand Division of Westinghouse, Hyde Park as Assistant Chief Draftsman, Control Engineering Corp., in Canton as a Mechanical Designer, and Watertown Arsenal, Watertown as a Tool Designer.
After his second stint in the military, he worked as a pilot with Trans-Caribbean Airways, Aeroservice Corp., Overseas National Airways, Ausplundh Tree Expert Company, Volkert Stampings Co., and 1966 to 1977 flew as DC-7 Captain, DC-* Captain and DC-10 Captain over International and Domestic routes on Military and Civilian Charter Flights. Major Kleczek took early retirement from Overseas National Airways in 1981 where he had been engaged in part-time charter flights since 1977.
His flying career included service on DC-10, DC-8, DC-7, DC-6, DC-4, C-46, B-26, B-25, Cessna 320, D-16, AT-6, BT-13, and PT 17’s.
Husband of the late Phyllis M. (O’Connell) Kleczek, he leaves 3 children, Timothy M. Kleczek and his wife Diane of Northborough, Phyllis Ann Lagomarsino and her husband Rich of Fresno, CA, and Hans Joseph Kleczek of Concord, NH, 2 brothers, Chester Kleczek of Arlington, VA, and Walter Kleczek of Savannah, GA, 3 sisters Anna Shields of Ballston Lake, NY, Jenny Burns of Needham and Mary Ferson of Milton, and 5 grandchildren, Gregory and Courtney Kleczek, Brian Lagomarsino, Joshua Fleming and Zachary Charest. Many nephews and nieces including 1 niece with whom he had a special relationship, Allana Clarke and her husband Jim of Southborough also survive him. In addition to his wife and parents a sister Helen Kleczek predeceased him.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 82 Exchange Street, Millis. Burial with military honors will follow at the VA National Cemetery, Bourne.
If desired, contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to: AMVETS Post 495 Hospital Account, c/o Susie Mak, 363 Plain Street, Millis, MA 02054.
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