Monday April 24, 2017
Frank Richard Contenti Jr. - Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery - Fernley, NV
Good day all..
Monday 24 April 2017 we honored veteran Frank J. Contenti at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada. Three motors and fifteen PGR members in various cages converged to the cemetery to form a flagline at the plaza where the service was conducted.
A full service for this Vietnam Veteran was conducted with a volley of three, a blowing of taps , and a flagfold all done by the Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition. A dismiss to entry was called and two flaglines were formed to family and friends to walk between going with Veteran Contenti's cremains to his final resting place in the Wall.
On a side note our new procedure of arriving to the plaza via the North entry was, to say the least, a total success. I received nothing but positive reactions from everyone who attended the service (even from some who were not sure that change was a good thing).
My sincerest gratitude to the participants who made this a total success and to the coalition who stood and saluted our arrival with the breath of veterans who passed on blowing through our flags (wind).
My special thanks to our Nevada State Captain Joe Mastroianni who had faith in me and the rest of our group who flawlessly made us look better than ever! I cannot express my gratitude enough to you PGR members you definitely are the exception not the rule!
PGR Central Ride Captain
Frank Richard Contenti Jr. was born December 31st 1940 in Pennsylvania. He died March 30th 2017 at the age of seventy six. He loved hunting, fishing and horses. He worked at the steel mill in Pennsylvania before joining the Marines in 1961, he served three years. He was in Vietnam part of that time.
When he returned home he met Jan and married her. They were blessed with a daughter Toni Elizabeth Contenti in February 1966. He moved to Mammoth Lakes California in 1971. He was a heavy equipment operator the rest of his life, He moved to Fallbrook California because work was scarce.
There he met Darlene. He acquired three step children, Shelly, Kindra and Greg. He moved to Las Vegas for work. In 1994 Toni gave us them a grandchild, Dustin Contenti. He was born in Hawaii. In 2007 both Toni and Dustin moved to Fernley, NV. He also had five other grandchildren; Lauren, Megan, Hayley, Sara and Zachary. Frank retired in 2000 when he moved to Fernley, NV to his ½ acre land and found the outdoors and his tractor. He also had a dog named Smokey. He had many family and friends.
Marine Corps.. 1960 through 1964
Viet Nam Veteran
Special Mission in the South China Sea
Stationed Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Good Conduct Medal
Honorable Discharge September 4, 1964
Assistant State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
"Standing for Those Who Stood for US"