Kenneth Lowell Frakes
Oct 20, 1943 - Jun 18, 2015
Kenneth Lowell Frakes, of Tulsa, died on June 18, 2015. He is survived
by the love of his life, his wife, Frances “Scotty” Frakes,
of the home; a son, Lee Frakes and his wife, Suguna; daughter, Jackie
Reese and her husband, Randy; brother, Ron Frakes; and grandchildren,
Beau Wilson, Shane Cohen, Zach Cohen, Mason Frakes and Navin Frakes. Ken
delighted in his family and loved to host big gatherings.
Ken was born on October 20, 1943, in Duncan, Oklahoma to Lela Edith and
James Kenneth Frakes. His father’s petroleum geological work took
the family to places that sparked Ken’s lifelong curiosity about
the natural world. Ken loved the outdoors and nature, which says much
about his character.
Ken was the first and only two-year drum major for Tulsa’s Nathan
Hale High School Marching Band. His love and knowledge of music lasted
Ken’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tulsa was hard-earned
while he worked full time. He was a writer to his soul as cub reporter
and obituary writer at the Tulsa World, with a stint as the Action Line
expert. Ken worked in TU’s communications department, he wrote and
edited much of their printed material from capabilities brochures to annual
reports. He briefly managed the sales department at Allied Printers, then
was a writer and editor of magazines and books for the American Association
of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Ken spent ten years as a writer and editor
for the National Association of Legal Assistants.
Ken liked to go fast. Motorcycles or his beloved Nissan Z car, he brought
to each his analytic pragmatism and pure joy of competition. He was often
president and/or race or rally organizer of the groups to which he belonged.
Ken was a loyal friend up for a challenge when he drove a dirt-track stock
car for a few weeks to help out a racer buddy whose leg was broken. Ken
was also one of the best pinball players this town has ever seen.
For many years Ken enjoyed organizing “Memorial Day Flotilla”
weekends of canoeing and camping for friends and family. Be it flooding
or drought or locked cars or snake bite, he was always up for the challenge.
Ken was a world-class raconteur, spinning involved tales while juggling
some of the longest jokes known to man. He was witty and urbane and in
his element when he was solving the world’s problems over a beer.
Ken was a fatalist and a realist, but he spiced it with humor and insight.
There was no “poor me” in him – he was always ‘his
own man’ and did not suffer fools gladly. An intellectual and fact
seeker, if he did not know something he would say so. Most often he did
know and he happily shared it.
Ken loved dogs, and all animals. He was fastidious and tidy and had a
garage floor clean enough that you could eat on it. He would try to hide
his tender heart and sentimental soul under a curmudgeon’s gruffness,
but they always shone through like beacons.
An open house will be Saturday, June 27, 4:00 - 8:00 PM to honor and remember
Ken. Final arrangements are by the Cremation Society of Oklahoma.
Time: Jun 27, 2015 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Family Home