Frank R. Jordan DVM
Dr. Frank R. Jordan, 75, of Abilene died Monday October 3, 2016. Born
December 18, 1940 in Columbia, SC, he was the oldest child of Frank W. and
Gwendolyn Jordan. He was educated in the Abilene public schools and later
graduated from Kansas State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
In September 1964 he married Marilyn Miller of Hiawatha, KS. They have three
daughters, Marnie Proffitt (Race) of Kansas City, Mary Kate Luty (Jeff) and Molly
Burton (Will) both of Abilene.
In 1966 Frank joined his father's veterinary practice where his passion and love
for animals served his clients of Dickinson county for 37 years before retiring in
His many involvements include Student Body President of AHS, President of the
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Blue Key Honor Society, Chancellor of Tribunal, and
Alumni Board Member at Kansas State University. He served as a First
Lieutenant in the Air Force and was stationed in the Philippines. After returning to
Abilene he served on many community boards including Abilene Memorial
Hospital, Community Foundation of Dickinson County, Eisenhower Foundation
and was a Founding Board Member of the Great Plains Theatre. He was a long
time Optimist Club Member, a Hospice Volunteer, a "Big" with Big Brothers Big
Sisters, a 4-H Veterinary Science Leader, and a member of the First United
Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and served
in numerous leadership positions. He was honored as the Kansas Veterinarian of
the Year in 2002 and the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the
Year in 2014.
Frank was passionate about his family, friends and faith, his work, his community,
and encouraging others. His determination to "live strong" in spite of many health
obstacles was a shining example for all.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Marilyn of
the home, his sister, Pat Buckwell (Lloyd) of Valparaiso, IN, his brother James
Jordan (Cheryl) of Corvalis, OR, his three daughters and their spouses, and eight
grandchildren; Harrison, Zack, Jordan, Molly, Ben, Sydney, Kate and Sam.
The family has chosen cremation. A private inurnment is planned for a later date.
Visitation will take place at First United Methodist Church of Abilene on Thursday,
October 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Funeral services will be Friday, October 7th,
11:00am at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
memorials to First United Methodist Church of Abilene and the Community
Foundation of Dickinson County.