Veteran Bill Frankenbach Dies at 82

Services for leader of Southampton Village Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events are Friday and Saturday.

William A. Frankenbach, 82, of Southampton, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a stalwart of veterans' affairs on the East End, died Wednesday afternoon.

Frankenbach was the Southampton Village Fourth of July parade chairman for 48 years and his late father, a Marine and World War I veteran with the same name, ran it for the 35 years before that.

A Cornell University graduate, he was also a past president of the and American Legion Post #433 commander.

Frankenbach is survived by his wife of 58 years, Colleen; children Susan (John) Steinke, Lisa Marie McWilliams and William A. Frankenbach Jr.; sister Patricia Andersen, and grandchildren Jameson McWilliams, Paul McWilliams, William Steinke, and Kristen Steinke.

Visitation is Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at . Firematic and American Legion Services will begin on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at  in Southampton. Interment with military honors will follow at Water Mill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The Southampton Village Fourth of July Parade, P.O. Box 1234, Southampton, NY 11969.

Learn more about Frankenbach at 27east.com.

Linda Kabot December 29, 2011 at 06:19 PM
I am so sorry to hear about Bill Frankenbach's passing. Bill was a valuable, involved community leader, businessman and patriot. He was an active veteran with a distinguished record of military service. With much sympathy to his wife Colleen and their family ... Thank you for sharing Bill with all of us over these many years ...
Robert December 30, 2011 at 02:05 AM
It is remarkable just how much Bill, was Bill. Solid like a rock, unshakeable, unwaveable, totally accountable, as well as predictable to a fault. You could always count on Bill. I'm glad that we were friends and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share some time with my friend Bill over the years. I salute you, I celebrate your life. You are in my heart till we meet again. God keep you safe and warm. Lovingly your friend Robert


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