Frank Thaler, 91, of Bruceton Mills, entered eternal rest on Monday, October 25, 2021, surrounded by his family. Son of the late John and Anna Thaler, he was born on November 17, 1929 in Jere.

At the age of 22, Frank enlisted in the military and served his country during the Korean War. He was wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for his service. In 1955, Frank married his beloved, Patty, the day after graduating from high school. After their marriage, they moved to Michigan and began to raise a family. Frank was a millwright at Detroit Local 1102 and worked as a superintendent. After their retirement in 1990, Frank and his wife returned to the family farm at Bruceton Mills. He enjoyed home renovations and woodworking, especially making toys, and went to a variety of craft shows. However, he was happiest when his sons helped him on the farm with his latest projects or watched his grandchildren grow up.

He is survived by his sons, Frank Thaler Jr. and his wife Diana, of Owosso, Michigan, and James A. Thaler and his wife Kimberly, of Bruceton Mills; one daughter-in-law, Darcey Thaler, of Centennial, Colorado; nine grandchildren: Tyler (Kristiana) Thaler, of Cary, NC, Tanner (Tara) Thaler, of Belle River, Ontario, Canada, Demi (Tim) Russell, of Bridgeport, Christian Thaler (Kaitlyn Kuhn), of Mannington , Georgia Thaler, John Cooper Thaler and Callie Thaler, of Bruceton Mills, and Timothy Thaler and Jenna Thaler, of Centennial, Colorado; two great-grandchildren, Blake and Devin Thaler, of Cary, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. Frank was predeceased by his 66-year-old wife, Patty Thaler, in October 2021, and his beloved son, John A. Thaler, in September 2003.

Honoring her wishes, a private family reunion will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Shady Grove Cemetery, Bruceton Mills. Military honors at the cemetery will be provided by the Preston County Honor Guard and WVANG Funeral Honors, Camp Dawson. Due to the increased prevalence of the COVID virus, those in attendance are urged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Carl R. Spear Funeral Home of Brandonville-Bruceton Mills will be hosting the funeral of


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