Frank Giaimo, dead at the age of 76. Francis Robert Giaimo was born September 22, 1938 in the city of St. Louis, Missouri to Francis Damien Giaimo and Vincenta Giaimo.
Frank was the second of 5 children. Frank went to Catholic Grade School and High School and began his 26 year career with Wagner Electric on February 2, 1959 on the second shift as an assembler on their wheel cylinder assembly line. At the time of Frank’s resignation from Wagner 26 years later in February 1985, he was directing the overall Materials Management and Deployment Organization for the company. This responsibility included order entry, order processing, customer service, the scheduling of production from 11 manufacturing plants and making distribution to thousands of Wagner customers through 10 distribution centers throughout the United States, Canada, and the central Distribution Center in Tullahoma. Frank was offered a position at Wagner’s corporate headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey and Frank and his wife Janis chose to stay in Tullahoma. Frank has often said this is a decision he will never regret. During this 26 year period, Frank completed his Business Degree from Washington University, St. Louis, did a tour of duty in the United States Army, spent two years in Bramalea Ontario, Canada as the Operations Manager for Wagner’s Canada operation, and in May 1979, shortly before moving to Tullahoma, Frank married Janis Becker. Janis had three children from a previous marriage and Frank had two.
Within a few weeks after leaving Wagner Electric, Frank joined the executive staff at Micro Craft where he worked the balance of his 15 year career. During his time at Micro Craft, he had the opportunity to do many things. Originally he was brought on board to organize the start-up of the Micro Craft Hampton, Virginia operation. That was to be Micro Craft’s second organization across from NASA Langley, a major Micro Craft customer. Frank went on to help organize many more Micro Craft organizations before his retirement in 2001. Frank wrote many of Micro Craft’s policies and procedures. For the majority of his employment, Frank served as the company’s Risk Manager. He was credited with being a key contributor to its growth from a small, one-location, to a $70-million a year business with locations across the United States at the time of his retirement. Frank was also the Treasurer for the last 3-4 years of his employment.
Upon moving to Tullahoma, Frank joined the First United Methodist Church. He became very active and chaired the Adult Council among others. His most loved contribution to the church was teaching The L.O.V.E. Sunday School class, which he did for 16 years. Frank enjoyed golf and tennis as well as traveling with his wife Janis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Damien Giaimo and Vincenta Giaimo and one brother, Joseph Giaimo, who was one year older than Frank when his life ended in 1959 in a drowning accident.
Frank is survived by his wife, Janis Giaimo of Tullahoma; a son, Frank Giaimo of New York, New York; a daughter, Gina (Steven) West of St. Louis, Missouri; stepsons, Kevin (Jann) Becker of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jeffrey (Sheri) Becker of St. Louis, Missouri; and a stepdaughter, Michelle (Jason) Williams of Tullahoma. Frank has eleven grandchildren, Jordon West, Alli West and Anna West of St. Louis, Missouri, Morgan Williams and Austin Williams of Tennessee, Julie Becker, Jessica (Tom) Knott, Jeffrey (Crystal) Becker, Jamie Becker, and Jani Becker of St. Louis, Missouri; and seven great-grandchildren, Brandon Singleton, Mason Singleton, Karlie Knott, Ruby Mae Knott (stillborn), Jace Becker, Jocelyn Becker, and Luke Becker, all of St. Louis, Missouri.
Visitation for Frank will be held on Friday, December 19th, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Kilgore Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma with Rev. Paul Purdue officiating.
Contributions could be made to Parrish Ministries or Dossett Chapel at First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma.
Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.