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Frank Muhly

August 4, 1920 - February 3, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date February 14, 2020

Family and friends will gather at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1766 Milford Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Friday, February 14, 2020, where a Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at the WV National Cemetery.

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Frank Muhly born August 4, 1920 passed peacefully on February 3, 2020 in his 100th year. Although he spent the last 11 years in West Virginia, he was born and lived his life in Philadelphia with his sweetheart Rose by his side. Frank was a veteran of World War II in the 20th Armored Division, 8th Armored Infantry Battalion, and participated in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. After returning from Europe, Frank channeled his life into the larger community as an expression of his commitments to his fellows. He provided leadership to his local church, directed Boy Scout and Explorer Troop 155, and founded the Philadelphia Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail Foundation. Frank was Co-Director of the Lutheran Retreat in Glen Foerd and was a retired draftsman with Cochrane Company with 30 years of service. His greatest influence – the expression of his caring, love, commitment, and curiosity – lives on in the lives of his children and grandchildren.

 

Forty years ago, Frank began exploring the history of the Muhly family in America and constructed a family tree containing the records of nearly 1000 Muhlys across the US, organizing 10 family reunions and publishing a decade’s worth of quarterly newsletters in the process. He was a conservationist, lover of history, avid reader, birdwatcher and his last years were shaped by the creation of five maps related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Due to Meriwether Lewis’s consultations and outfitting of the expedition in Philadelphia, Frank was committed to adding Philadelphia as the eastern terminus of the Lewis and Clark Trail.

 

He is survived by his sons Frank Jr. (Bunny Harvey) of Providence RI, David (Donna) of Bland VA, Mark of Glenside PA, and daughter Linda Muhly (Matt Alexander) of Clarksburg WV, grandsons Nico Muhly and Dillon Muhly-Alexander and granddaughters Kali Muhly-Alexander and Laurel Muhly-Alexander. He was preceded in death by his beloved Rosanna to whom he was married for 73 years and his devoted daughter-in-law Barbara, his brother George and sister Kathryn “Katch” Johnson.
The family expresses appreciation to the nurses, aides and daily staff at the VA Nursing facility for their good care, to his church family at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and his fellow veterans at the VA Nursing facility.

 

Family and friends will gather at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1766 Milford Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Friday, February 14, 2020, where a Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at the WV National Cemetery.

 

 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Sierra Club, P. O. Box 4142, Morgantown, WV 26505; National Audubon Foundation, 225 Varick St
New York, NY 10014; The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, PO Box 398
Great Falls, MT 59401 ; or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1766 Milford Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

 

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com. A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

 

 

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