Frank Huttman, 87, died peacefully on Oct. 3, 2010 at Sunrise of Bexley, Ohio. Born on Jan. 31, 1923 in New York City to Georgiana (Christensen) and William Huttman, Sr., Mr. Huttman served in World War II in the 3rd Infantry Division in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany and Austria. He attained the rank of tech sergeant and was awarded several medals, including the Bronze Star and cluster (awarded twice), the European Medal of Operation and the World War II Victory Medal.

After the war, he worked for large retail companies in executive capacities and was transferred around the eastern region of the U.S. In the 1970s he came to work in Oak Park at Gilmore’s Department Store as president. After Gilmore’s closed, he opened a boutique on Lake Street (Terrace Green) and later went to work for Spiegel’s.

After retiring in Forest Park, Mr. Huttman became interested in computers and completed classes at Triton, then found a job in the corporate headquarters of McDonald’s Corp. He enjoyed his 15 years at McDonald’s and had fond memories of friendships forged there.

He devoted much of his free time to photography and created a beautiful collection of photos from vacations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He and his wife were members of First United Methodist Church of Oak Park for many years.

Frank Huttman was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Marie (Martin) Huttman, and his brother, William Huttman, Jr. He is survived by his children, JoAnn Huttman and Robert (Marian) Huttman; four grandsons, Christopher, Stephen, David and Dr. Daniel (Lindsay) Huttman; and his very dear longtime friend, Carol Galvanoni of Forest Park.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care he received from Heartland Hospice and suggests memorials be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, Ohio 43699-0086 or to a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 30 at First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 324 N. Oak Park Ave.

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