In Loving Memory of Louis “Russ” Frogner: 1920-2021

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Louis Russell Frogner, 101, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at his home in Adna, Washington. 

“Russ” was born June 11, 1920, in Adna to Christian Johansen Frogner and Leola May Holmes. 

He graduated from Adna High School in 1939 and later earned an associate’s degree. Russ served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired after 22 years as a lieutenant in the Navy Construction Battalion (SeaBees). He deployed aboard ships Saratoga, Hiawatha, Wando and LCI(R)-1024 and served ashore in Bremerton, Japan, the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, Adak, Washington, D.C., Morocco, Vietnam and Port Hueneme. 

Russ married Ruby Presnell on April 11, 1941, and had two children. He married Joyce Armitage on Feb. 14, 1951, recently celebrating their 69th anniversary after raising five more children on Frogner Road in Adna. 

Growing up on the family farm, he developed a strong work ethic and mechanical talents that contributed to successful careers with the military, post office and state. He freely shared those talents serving family and friends, 'encouraging' the children to share his joy of hard work. He approached life with focused determination to achieve his goals. This drive resulted in park-like forests, dazzling magic tricks, juggling six apples at once and motors that purred. 

Russ loved to travel and explore the world which resulted in many family adventures. He was fond of country music and enjoyed waltzing and square dancing with mom. His spontaneous smile revealed a mischievous humor, especially as he shared a favorite story. 

He had a testimony of his savior Jesus Christ and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Armitage; son, James R. Frogner; sister, Thelma L. Taylor (Norman); and parents, Christian and Leola Frogner. 

Russ is survived by his three sons, Leslie E. (Mary), of Adna, Gary R. (Cindy), of Port Townsend, and Chris L., of Seattle; three daughters, Luana Graves, of Chehalis, Daryl L. Ayers (Bill), of Winlock, Cheryl A Sabin, of Adna; and 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and many other family and friends. 

A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at the chapel, 2195 Jackson Highway, Chehalis, Washington. The service will be followed by shared tributes and memories of Russ’ life. 

Family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Always Caring and Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice, South Team and many friends and neighbors who ministered to him. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in Russ’ name to the above.

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