Franklin Eugene VanBuskirk, 79, of Channelview, passed away at his home.

A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m., Aug. 9, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Tony Hoefner of Faith United Methodist Church in Orange.

A gathering of remembrance will be on Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the service begins at the funeral home.

Born in Saylorsburg, Pa., Sept. 5, 1934, he was the son of Anthony C. VanBuskirk and Mae Slutter. Frank served in the Armed forces as a Navy officer. He was a member of the American Legion. He moved to Texas and became a truck driver. Was an avid motorcycle rider, loved boating, and Nascar.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys of Houston; sister, Francis LaBar of Stroudsburg, Pa., and son, Steven VanBuskirk of Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his sister, Harriott Gould of E/ Stroudsburg.

Children include, Terry VanBuskirk and Lois Merring of Pennsylvania, Frankie VanBuskirk of Mississippi, Gaylene Acosta, Sean Kyle, Donald and Shari Melton of Orange, and Allen and Kim Thibodeaux of Bridge City.

He has 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.