Francis "Frank" Albert Plisko

Born: Thu., Aug. 9, 1956
Died: Sat., Apr. 6, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 12, 2013
Location: Munden Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 13, 2013
Location: Glad Tidings Church

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Francis "Frank" Albert Plisko, 56, of Broad Creek, died Saturday April 6, 2013 doing what he loved best, skydiving with his boys.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Saturday at Glad Tidings Church with Rev. Tim Mariner officiating. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Park.

Mr. Plisko served in the US Army for 26 in the Special Forces Unit, and he retired as a highly decorated non commissioned officer and  received the bronze star medal, among many other awards.

He is survived by three sons Jeffery Plisko of Newport, NC, Michael John Plisko of Newport, NC, and Andrew Kenneth Plisko of Newport, NC: a sister Annie Iishi of Spokane, WA: four brothers Michael Joseph Plisko of Newport, NC, Andrew Jude Plisko of Fountain Inn, SC, John William Plisko of Newport, NC, and Peter Thomas Plisko of New Orleans, LA: and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 pm Friday at Munden Funeral Home.

Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the "Wounded Warrior Project" 4200 Morganton Rd. Suite 300 Fayetteville, NC 28314.

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Terry Weers
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. Frank was the consummate professional and had a burning passion to support those in uniform. It seemed that his passion for his work was only shadowed by his friendly demeanor, love for his family and passion for LIVING his life. I only regret not having the opportunity to have known him longer. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time.

Terry Weers and Patricia Zaleski

Paul Kopelen
   Posted Mon April 08, 2013
A professional warrior, loving father, cheerful mentor, perpetual coach, true patriot, and great friend has transitioned to eternal flight. The transition leaves behind a legacy of stoic perfection in all of his endeavors. In the few years that I have known him, these qualities have expressed themselves through the character of his sons Jeff, Michael and Andrew. Collectively, all of them share the common bond of flight. It is here that we all find freedom and adventure. In the endeavors of flight, fear becomes a companion on the journey. Someone once said, “A life lived in fear is a life half lived.” Therefore, we must embrace our friends and enjoy the ride. Frank Plisko embraced the fear and stoically led others to follow beside him. His legacy to his family will perpetually endure. My prayers and thoughts go out to a new “guardian angel” and Frank’s family. It is my sincere hope that peace and serenity find Jeff, Michael, and Andrew and the pursuit of flight continues.

John Trudo
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. Frank was a instance friend, he will be missed.

Dave Wachs
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My prayers go out to the Plisko family. I may have lost a friend, Brother-in-Arms, and dedicated co-worker, but I know he was so much more. May the Lord give you strength and peace as you go through this difficult time.

Cecil Wyatt
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
It was with deep sorrow that i received the news of Frank's accident. My sincerest condolences to the family during this time of tragedy. I have known Frank for over 30 years and he was a good friend always. My prayers will be with you all during this sad time.

Randy Stalvey
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I have known Frank for the past eight years and he was one of those people that you instanly like and gain strength from. Frank never seemed to have a bad day and always had the time for a smile. I will pray that God will give you strength and comfort. I will miss Frank greatly.

George Lewis
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My deepest sympathy is extended at this time. Frank always was a good friend. He will be missed greatly. I pray for the comfort that only God provide at this time.

Jim Dodson
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
With our deepest sympathy to the family of Frank Plisko; we wish you strength during this difficult time. Frank was a very nice man, a good friend , who enjoyed life, worked hard, enjoyed laughing and his dedication to the military mission to sustain our country’s freedom was second to none. Frank has left this world in soul but he still lives in all who knew him. Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms, Friend, and Coworker

Kerry & Sue Vail
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Our prayers and condolences go out to the family. Frank lived life to fullest and was one of those professionals that always treated others with respect and professionalism.

Jim & Karen Lilly
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Plisko family. We've heard it said that "life is a big canvas, so you should throw a lot of paint on it" and it is apparent that's exactly what Frank did. We pray that God will sustain you with wonderful memories of him during this time, and you will find peace until you meet again in heaven.

With love in Christ,
Jim & Karen

Tom Reynolds
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Frank was as wonderful man with a God given zest for life which was passed to all he came into contact with. We are all the better for having known him and have been blessed by his presence. My God bless his family and give them comfort in their time of grief.

Chylene Smith( Newport )
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Michael & Andrew

Sending my heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. We all went to school together but Frank was a little older than me. Eventhough I'm not there in person know that my heart is sad and I send my prayers to you all.

Louise Albritton Garrell
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Plisko Family. You are in my prayers during this difficult time. I have known Frank since high school and what a truly kind and thoughtful individual he was.
May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you.

Ronnie & Dolly Loyd
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My prayers are with Yvonne,Jeff, Michael, Andrew, and Grandkids at this time of sorrow, my neighbors...Frank was a neighbor and friend..he always gave me a kind word and hug..will miss him and his smile. God bless the family and keep them in prayer. Dolly & Ronnie Loyd

Brett A. Rutherford
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I served with Frank in the U.S. Army Special Forces; he in 5th SFG, I in 3rd SFG. As a Green Beret Frank was an 18D or a Special Operations Medical Sergeant. Our Motto "De Oppresso Liber" in Latin translates, "to free from oppression" or "to liberate the oppressed" and Frank Plisko was very good at what he did. He was admired and looked up to among his peers. You would never know by his demeanor "peaceful, calm, gentle, kind, that he was one of Americas elite fighting warriors. Frank was a Son to his parents, a Brother to many and a Father to his Son's whom he loved unconditionally. He never spoke ill of anyone and he always gave from his heart. He was a warrior, he was my friend. The world will not be the same without him. As far as his Son's and Brother's, I leave you with this.

Don't expect anyone to understand your Journey;
Especially, if they've never walked your Path,
and felt what you did and faced the Storms with you.
Have Faith - believe in yourself and Never give up.
Beautiful things are down the road.
And every step is making you wiser, stronger and bringing you closer to yourself - and your Destiny.

Kristy Bell
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My thoughts and my prayers go out to you all at this time. Frank was such a kind-hearted, thoughtful, and giving person - always ready to share his time, his wisdom, his possessions. I have been blessed to work with him and to call him a friend. He will truly be missed.

Cheryl Langley Snow
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My deepest condolences to the Plisko family. Continued prayers for Jeff, Mike, and Andy.

Pete McDevitt
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I was deeply saddened to hear about Frank's passing. He was a great American and a valued member of the V-22 community. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences and prayers for his family and friends. Clearly Frank had many blessings and lived his life to the fullest.

Lisa & Bill Snow
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Lisa and I would like to offer our sincerest condolences and heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Wishing you all comfort is this very difficult time.

Darrel Williams
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
We are praying for the Plisko Family. God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear...(Ps. 46:1-2a). Blessings to you all.
Darrel and Cherie Williams
(Friends of Andrew and Pam)

Debbie Forrest
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My deepest sympathy to family. Sending prayers of comfort to you. Frank was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Bill and Helen Jones
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Yvonne, Jeffrey,Michael, and Andrew,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please call Bill,s cell if you need anything at all (241-3630) we are here for you.

Janet Quinn Ladenburger
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I remember Frank from WCHS and took judo lessons from him! Frank was such a nice and polite fella, always smiling. Love and prayers to his family, I know you will miss him greatly.

Deborah Batson
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
I met Frank through my sister, Lorenda Batson Walton. He was such a nice man. So kind and respectful. I didn't know him well, but what I did know of him was all good. My heart goes out to his family, especially his sons. I hope you all find peace.

Tonnie Staub
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Plisko family. I have been fortunate to work with Frank over the past few years. Each encounter was a learning experience that left me amazed at his dedication and intelligence. He was always willing to share that knowledge and experience. Knowing Frank has made me a better Logistician and I will miss him and his stories. God Bless.

Pat Hildreth Newsome
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
Frank was a high school class mate. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed by many. He will remembered by many. His memory will live on.

Sabrina Allen
   Posted Tue April 09, 2013
So sorry for your loss. My God give you peace and comfort during this time.

Sara Hagey
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
I was heartbroken to hear of your loss. You all have our deepest sympathy and love. I am Frank's cousin, but I had not seen him in many years. I have such warm memories of him visiting us in Cleveland when I was younger. We sat on the couch together at Aunt Becky's house and talked all day. I really thought the world of Frank. He will always be in our hearts. Much love and prayers,

Sara and Rick, Hannah, and Natalie Hagey

Kurt Doug
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
I just briefly got to know Frank online and he was the type of guy that one just instantly knew was one of the good guys. He spoke very highly of his sons. When I saw that he passed away, just three weeks after meeting him, it hit me hard. My thoughts are with his family, especially his sons in this difficult time. Fly free, thank you for your service to your country.

Julie Matthews
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
I have had the honor to have known Frank for nearly 7 years, he was a man with such respect and honor for his country and fellow brothers. Most of all he had the love for his family like I had never seen, his children and grandchildren meant the world to him. Frank had the laughter that would light up a room, he loved to play his guitar and even though he didin't think he did it well it was just beautiful! He is in heaven with our lord and Saviour that I know which gives me peace but I will forever miss him and love him so. My prayers are with his family, God Bless.
Jules Matthews

Albert Gustafson
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Frank was a great guy and one I am sorry I never really got to work with. I count myself lucky in the times we did share at work and I will miss hearing his "Good morning Sir".

To John and all of his family, you have my sympathy and prayers that you can all get through this time of rememberance.

Go Army.

   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Frank, you were the best! You will be missed.

Scott Shermeyer
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Jeff, please accept our heartfelt sympathy at the sudden loss of your father, Frank. It is difficult to imagine how dramatic this change must be. We saw the video of your tribute jump Sunday...and hope that your father is watching down from a much loftier place in Heaven. Our prayers are with you and your family!

Tad and Shelley Sylivant
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Shelley and I express our sincere sympathy to the Plisko family. Frank was a very good friend and always a joy to talk to and be around. I had the wonderful opportunity to trout fish with Frank on numerous occasions, in fact thats how I met Frank, standing in surf zone with chest waders on catching trout. He will be greatly missed.

Michael Malone
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
In the short time I knew him, Frank Plisko showed me how much he cared about the Marines he supported every day. His work ethic and positive attitude is an inspiration to me, and I thank him for that. To Mr. Plisko's family: be proud of that man because he was a great person and outstanding co-worker, and he will be truly missed.

Maurice "Reese" Wertz
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Plisko family. Frank will be missed.

Terri & Sonny Butler
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
We were so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayer. May you find comfort in the many good memories you all shared. The love that you shared with him will always keep him close in your heart.

Lori Riggs
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Frank was one of a kind. When my father passed, he was one of the many that kept me from going crazy. He was so kind and thoughtful. He will be missed. My prayers go out to his children. I hope they know they had a wonderful father who loved them dearly.

Vince and Lee Taitingfong
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Frank was a very special friend and co-worker. I don't think I ever saw Frank in a bad mood, he carried a smile that was contagious He was always willing to give you a helping hand no matter what the situation. Frank will be truly missed and we still have not accepted the fact that he is no longer with us.

Bill Owens
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
I worked with Frank many times and found out we had allot of similar interest. We talked about those things, (music, fishing, and life). He always seemed to get the most out of life and I truly enjoyed working with him and getting to know him not only as a logistician but as a good friend. He made a positive impact on those who knew him and I'm sincerely glad I was one of them. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God Bless Frank Plisko.

Teresa and Phil (Beau) LeBeau
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
This man was such a quiet unsung hero. A brave patriot, who lived life to the fullest and never settled for anything but 110% from himself, never thought he was as incredible as he was, and never judged others, who didn't give as much or as passionately as he did. A humble, funny, loving hero who helped make our world safer for years and years and then felt guilty for missing so much time with his own children, whom he loved dearly, while protecting ours. God bless you Frank Plisko. We are praying for him and his family and wish him a warrior's journey skyward. I'm sending him a last smile and hug because the last thing he told me, just a short time ago, was how my smile had never left him since he first saw it in high school and I want him to take it with him on his way. Thank you for having blessed us with the gift that was you.

   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Thoughts and prayers for his family and friends during this sad time. Frank was adventurous, brave and dedicated to whatever he was doing ~ so I believe he will be a super angel in heaven. He had that 'brave gene' allowing him to take risks and experience life at a level most of us will never know. Years ago, went to the Sportsman Pier to see the pre-hurricane waves. Watched several surfers study the ocean a few minutes, then paddle out to surf the huge waves. Talking to Frank at work, he said I had watched him and his sons surfing and they had a blast.

Jack Ward
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Though I only worked with Frank a short time I found him to be a wonderful person. I am deeply sorry for his passing and wish God's blessings for the family. Frank will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Rest in peace.

Larry Corley
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Frank helped me gain access to the 11th SF even at my eldly age of 46yrs, I did not make it but Frank opened my eyes to many wonderful adventures that followed. Frank and I had not spoken in years but his loss to me is greatly felt.

My deepest sorrow to his family.

Larry Corley
SSgt. Retired

Jay W Hartwell, Msg. Ret.
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
I was in the 11th SFGA when Frank joined. He was one of the most friendly and outgoing men in the unit. I still have a belt he made for me from a racing harness. Unfortunately it dosen't fit any more but I still have it among my military things. When I go through my military stuff and take a little trip down memory lane, Frank comes to my mind's eye.
I'm truly sorry for your loss.

Eva Ratcliff
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Mitchell an I are so sorry this terrible accident happenned. I know his family loved him.

Lorraine Smith DiTonno
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
As a teenager I remember how close all the Plisko boys were. I hope that God gives you comfort through the prayers that many people will be saying for your family. Even though I haven't seen him in many years, I will always remember he was a great guy with a powerful presence. May God bless you all.

   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Frank was a customer where I work at and he was a very nice man and treated me with respect. I am going to miss his visits and chats we had. My condolences to the family. :(

Tom & Laura Siano
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. Frank was one of the best people we have ever had the pleaasure working with. We wil miss him so very much. Our prayers are with your family.

Linda Lee Dodson
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
I am so very sorry for your loss and may god be with you always. I never met Frank, but my husband Jim spoke highly of him and told me wonderful stories about Frank over the years. Jim always said that Frank was a true patriot and a American Hero who was kind, funny, and a great man to have as a friend. What a blessing for all of us that God granted Frank life, love, and happiness through his friends, soul mate, and family. My prayers are with you all.

Brandon Scott
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Frank, you were an ally and advocate for the V-22 fleet and their personnel, and you fought for them with professionalism and truth. You were also the best of friends to everyone who had the honor and privilege to know you. Although you have left us, we can take comfort that another warrior has gone to guard the gates of Heaven. My condolences to the Plisko family, and to you Frank...Semper Fidelis (always faithful) and thank you.

Mrs. Jo Moore (Yingling)
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
So very sorry for your lose. As an old neighbor of the Plisko Family, I have know Frank since he as a young boy. He grew up and became a fine man. I know he will be missed by his family and many friends. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and may God help them through all this pain.

MSG Kevin D. Smith
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Frank was a Fine Soldier and will always be thought as that when his name is brought up in conversation...Never Forget

Berlyn Temple
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Frank and I worked together for a few years in the late 90's. I remember he was selected as an Engineering Tech over many applicants because he was the best by far. Frank had superior intelligence, a can do attitude, and was a real gentleman; traits which made him excel at work. He sometimes left Cherry Point for secret missions as a member of the Army Special Forces; often returning with scrapes and bruises but always upbeat. Frank was viewed at work as a silent warrior and among the elite for strength, bravery, and performing our country's missions. Outstanding memories to me though were the generally unknown acts by Frank to aid the "underdog". Usually done quietly without fanfare. For example Frank once intervened when a person at work was being bullied...discretely told the bully to stop or suffer the stopped immediately. Another time a very troubled person was sent from another facility to Cherry Point for rehab. Upon her departure a few years later she praised Frank as foremost in protecting her and guiding her recovery even after work hours. Frank Plisko was a good caring person, a gentleman, loved country and fellow man, and a warrior with heart. I was privileged to know him.

Lawrence Wright
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013

GARDEN PATH was sent by Mike and Kathy Wright.

Frank was a good man and a great friend and will be deeply missed. Our condolences and prayers are with his family. With deepest sympathy, Mike and Kathy Wright

Richard Barnes
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Frank was my friend. I'll never forget him or stop admiring him. Condolences to sons and siblings.

Vicky Pohoresky
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
To all of Frank's family. I am so sorry for your loss. His family and my family were neighbors for many years and I have wonderful memories of long summer days playing outside with the Pliskos. Him being the oldest and me being the oldest we were kind of always the captains or leaders in games. The last time I saw him he talked much of his sons and grandchildren which I could tell were the joy of his life. I pray that all of you are comforted as only Christ can comfort at a time like this. Remember that sadness endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning. One day the tears will not be as many and the smiles will come as each of you remember the good things about Frank and his love for family,life and adventure.

Mark Watson
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
My sincerest condolences to the Plisko family; my thoughts and prayers are with you. Frank was an awesome individual, a motivating co-worker and mostly a wonderful friend - the kind of friend we all should strive to become. I spent countless hours sitting next to Frank at work knocking out “priority one” products and services for the V-22. We fed off each other, made each other better – each time reaching for a higher level of perfection. We made a great team. More valuable than the accomplished work, is the friendship that developed. The jokes, the pranks, bouncing crazy ideas off each other, and fishing… Helping each other through down times, celebrating life’s achievements, and sharing our love and our pride for our families. Frank, I’m gonna miss you brother!

Gary and Marcie Christie
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
It was an honor and a privilege to have known Frank for the past 15 years and had gotten the chance to work by his side. I am forever grateful for his mentorship and most of all his friendship. He was a mans man, and always willing to offer advice, friendship or a helping hand. We had many things in common, military, work, fishing and guns; in all areas he taught me something. He will be greatly missed by all that came in contact with him. My prayer is may God grant his family strength and comfort during this time and to keep living life as Frank would, always giving 110% no matter what.

   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
my prayers are sent to the family of frank . i waited on him at work he was a sweet kind person sad to hear about him . rest his sou with the lord . carleen cooper a friend he will be missed .

Jennifer Bugg
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013

BASKET GARDEN was sent by Ed Szrejter and Jennifer Szrejter-Bugg.

We are so so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love Ed and George (Jennifer) Szrejter

Oscar Gonzalez
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
Our prayers and condolences go out to the Plisko family.

Rocky, Pam, Alexandra, and Andreea Whitmore
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
To the Plisko family,
We pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort you during your time of loss. We are friends of Andrew and Pam and we know how much Frank meant to his family. Our daughters were with Andrew's family when Andrew heard the news of Franks passing. I know the only way that Andrew has made it through this is because he is leaning on Jesus to take him through this. We didn't know Frank personally but want to let you know that many prayers are going up for your family that God would comfort you, and let you know that you can lean on Him during this time and any time that things get difficult. God will never leave you nor forsake you, He is always near.
John 16:31-33 has always comforted us in our time of loss and I pray that God will use it to comfort you as well.
Love and prayers,

The Whitmore family from Simpsonville, SC

Linda Lewis
   Posted Sun April 14, 2013
So very sorry to hear about Frank. I've known Frank since the early 80's....we carpooled together to Craven Community College when we were going through Apprentice School. With Frank around, there were always adventures and lots of laughs. He leaves quite a legacy for his family and friends. May God comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time.

Gene Wolbert
   Posted Mon April 15, 2013
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Plisko family. I have known Frank for many, many years. He is my friend, he will always be my friend and and he will be missed.

Wanda Grindstaff
   Posted Thu April 18, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Frank's family. He was a wonderful, brilliant man who loved his children, his country and his friends deeply. He was a special friend to me who was always there when I needed someone to just listen and I will never forget him. For those who knew him, he has deeply touched our lives and will be truly missed.

David George
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013

First a 10 second hug… and a few breaths…
…then, a look into the eyes…
…another few breaths…
…and the connection and understanding are shared.
…another few breaths…

I find a great deal of postings about Frank online. I am struck by the sheer number of people responding; so many with deep connections and memories of Frank. Being fully aware of the Ripple Effect, its expressions in all four dimensions, and that it is only the tip of the iceberg that can be immediately perceived, I can tell the influence and impact Frank had in this world spans not only hundreds, but into the tens of thousands. His sharing with and teaching to others continues to bless those recipients and all those forward from there. And as such, he is still here with us; living on as the waves and ripples that carry on through time and space; alive within the hearts and memories of those who knew him well, from a distance, or as a benefactor of his teachings and influence.

I become more aware of the blessing and gift to others it is when one chooses to courageously participate, share, and shine for others to see. Frank, clearly, and rather spectacularly, chose to show up in his life this way. I am touched and moved by his example to do the same; as if not only given permission to do so, but blatantly challenged to do so. And I’ve never even met him. Our paths did not cross. And yet… through my connection to Rob, and thus to you, and in reading the comments of others, I feel…

David George PN3(SW), USN '88-'92

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