Frank R. Pfahl, Sr.


Frank R. Pfahl, Sr., 86, passed away on 4/20/2015 after a short illness.

He was born in Akron on April 3, 1927, to Charles Alton Pfahl and Hazel Kerch. He was a graduate of Buchtel High School and earned a degree in Business Administration and Engineering at The University of Akron, where he was a member of Lone Star fraternity and attended all home Zip games since 1937.

In 1940, Frank started working in the family business, XXth Century Furnace and became president in 1965, selling the business in 1990. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran; member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow; member of Jaycees; past president of Greater Akron HVAC Contractors Association; past president of West Akron Board of Trade; past president of Boards of Trade Council; vice president of Ohio Air Conditioning Contractors Association; and past Director of National Warm Air Association.

Frank was a 50+ year member of West Akron Kiwanis. He founded WAKY Chicken Feed fundraiser, planted the flowers around Rotanya Indian in front of Fairlawn Elementary school for 24 years, was President in 1975, received the distinguished Presidents Award from Kiwanis International and awarded the McChesney Memorial Plaque in 1980. He proudly won WAK golf league in '89, '94 and '95.

Preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Charles Pfahl (Floradelle) and John Pfahl; Frank is survived by his wife, Isabel Blackburn whom he married in 1976; his children, Colleen Pfahl, Frank (Beth) Pfahl, Beverly (Randy) Godding, David (Bobbie) Pfahl; stepchildren, Judy McClelland, Daniel (Noriko) McClelland and Marcia (Ron) Clugsten; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Frank will be remembered as a dear and loving husband, father and friend.

He enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, bowling, playing card game Payme with family or poker with the Blue Ray group. If he wasn't working on beautifying his yard you could always find him golfing with his friends and sons.

Family and friends may call on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 2 to 5 p.m at Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 50 N. Prospect St., Akron 44304 or West Akron Kiwanis, c/o Northwest Family Rec. Center, 1730 Shatto Ave., Akron 44313. To share a Memory, Send a Condolence, Light a Candle or Send Flowers, visit the Tribute Wall at


Frank and his wife Isabel have been devoted and longtime members of our support group. Hopefully Isabel will still be able visit us when possible, as Frank always brought her to the meetings. He cared for her so lovingly and helped her with everything. They enjoyed our group and activities so much and we will really miss him. Let’s always remember what a sweet couple they were and what they meant to us.