Franklin K. Funkhouser

Franklin K. Funkhouser, 80, of Woodstock, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

He was born October 12, 1936 at Basye, Shenandoah County, Virginia. He was the son of the late Nevin C. Funkhouser and Gladys E. Moomaw Funkhouser. He was a graduate of Triplett High School, Mt. Jackson, VA, the class of 1954. In 1960 he graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington DC. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

Frank joined Haun-Magruder, Inc., an Independent Insurance Agency in Woodstock, VA in 1963. He was promoted to President in 1966 and purchased the business in 1984. He retired on January 2, 2013, after 50 years of service. He served as Chairman of the Board until his passing. He was active in the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia, served on its Board of Directors, and various committee assignments over the years.  He also served on Agents Advisory Boards, including Chairman, for a number of companies represented by Haun-Magruder, Inc.

He was a member of a number of civic clubs over the years.  He served as President of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Shenandoah County and also served as Crusade Chairman for the Shenandoah County Cancer Society.  He was a past President of the West Shenandoah Ruritan Club.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of First Virginia Bank, Blue Ridge Bank in 1972 where he served until their merger with BB&T in 2003.  He was then appointed Chairman of the local Advisory Board of BB&T where he served until 2006.

For six years, he also served on the Board of Directors of Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center.  He was Treasurer, and one of his passions was raising funds for that organization.

He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson for 57 years.  Over the years, he served many terms on the Church Council.  Offices held in the church included President of the Council, Sunday School Superintendent, Call Committee Chairman, Chairman of Long Range Planning, Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Financial Secretary.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold W. Funkhouser, William B. Funkhouser, James D. Funkhouser, Robert E. Funkhouser, Sr., and his only sister, Phyllis L. Dellinger.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Funk Funkhouser and three children, Amanda Sue Rushe and her husband Randall R. Rushe of Chapin, SC., Lynne Marie Funkhouser of Woodstock, VA, and Michael Franklin Funkhouser and his wife, Elizabeth S. Funkhouser, of Woodstock, VA.  Six grandchildren, Laura E. Rushe, Alexander R. Rushe, Jennifer M. Hoye, David J. Hoye, Andrew M. Funkhouser and Brent F. Funkhouser.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Jackson with the Reverend Matthew Diehl officiating.

The family will be receiving friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 484, Mt. Jackson, VA  22842.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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5 Condolences to Franklin K. Funkhouser

  1. Julie Moomaw says:

    Pat and family: You’re in our thoughts and prayers!

  2. Judi Funkhouser Knickerbocker says:

    Frank was the sweetest man. He was a first cousin to my Dad. We would talk whenever we would get a chance about family history…Being the youngest he always had to refer me to Bob. ! I am so sorry to hear that he has pasted. Lot of love to the family

  3. Barbara and Harold (Butch) Rhinehart says:

    We are so sorry to learn of Frank’s death. We shared many emails when he was feeling better. Our sympathy to Pat and the entire family.

  4. Ronald Barb says:

    Pat and family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. I have known Frank and, in fact, his entire immediate family for such a long, long time. The torch is now passed to the new generations. Frank accomplished so very much during his lifetime and his contributions to the county will be sorely missed. May the God bless you all.

  5. Deborah B Myers says:

    So sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. Frank and Pat were like family to us when we lived in Mt Jackson. I valued his friendship and advice and have such fond memories of our times with Frank and Pat and Phil and Izzy and the whole church family. My deepest sympathy to Pat and the whole family.
    Debbie Myers