Frank Waipa Leuck, 79, of Manteca, California passed away on April 27th , 2022. He was born on December 22nd, 1942, in Washington DC to Lieutenant Commander Harry F. and Elizabeth H. Leuck. Frank was the second born and oldest son of nine children. Frank and his siblings lived in many different parts of the United States, such as Key West, Florida, Corpus Christi, Texas and Honolulu, Hawaii during their father’s service in the Navy. The family also lived in Argentia, Newfoundland. Frank loved to tell stories of growing up with his siblings. One story he loved to tell was about his time as an altar boy in the Catholic Church. Frank even considered entering the priesthood, but ultimately chose a different path and joined the Navy. Frank was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon, among other honors and medals. After his service in Vietnam, Frank continued his career in the military as a Radioman. During this time, he met his wife, Kaye Seeley in Fremont, California. They raised two daughters together, Senta and Malia. The family spent eight years in Ewa Beach from 1976-1984 while Frank was stationed at Pearl Harbor. Frank went on Western Pacific deployments around the world at this time and sent his family postcards from places such as Korea, China, Japan, and the Philippines. While at home, he enjoyed road trips around the island with his family and surfing at Barber’s Point beach. Frank was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1982 and advanced to Master Chief before leaving active duty and joining the fleet reserves in 1984. As a civilian, Frank settled down in Manteca, California with his family. He worked for Triad, Contel and Bank of America during this time. Frank continued to love the ocean and often visited Santa Cruz with his wet suit and Boogie Board. He also enjoyed playing darts with friends and working in his yard, which he took great pride in. Frank was also an avid lover of music and listened to all styles, including Hawaiian, blues, rock, jazz, and country. Frank played the harmonica and enjoyed performing in local rock and blues bands. He also played at home just for fun. Frank also learned to play the ukulele. Most of all, Frank loved being surrounded by his family. He proudly watched his grandchildren, Andrew and Selena grow into young adults. He also loved spending time with his siblings, nieces, and nephews at family gatherings, talking story and enjoying the family perform live music or dance hula and Tahitian. Frank was also well known for his BBQ skills, but especially his expertise in roasting Kalua Pig in an imu, or underground oven, for family luaus. Frank’s hobbies included watching NASCAR and enjoying a beer with “the boys” at Kelly Brothers or Ripon Roadhouse with his brother, Nick. He also enjoyed everyday pleasures such as dinner with his family, watching sports, including golf and 49er games, and collecting model cars and coins. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Frank Leuck and Elizabeth Hali’imaile Waipa Akana Leuck, his siblings, Harry Makia Leuck and Ruth Nalua (Leuck) Manaois, and half-siblings, Shirley Theresa Choy Hong Wong, and Howell Kali’ula Mahoe, and his brother-in-law, John Bishop. Frank is survived by his wife, Kaye Joanne (Seeley) Leuck, daughters Senta Anne Kanani Leuck and Malia Hali’imaile Waipa Akana Leuck, grandson Andrew James Makia Garcia, and his partner Emily Nicole Pedersen, granddaughter Selena Marie Nalua Garcia, son-in-law, James Chris Garcia, siblings, Katharine Hali’imaile (Leuck) Bishop, Thelma Kanani (Leuck) Madali and her husband, Ernest “Shaka” Madali, Betty Holokai (Leuck) Minich and her husband, Richard Minich, Wilhelmina Mawae (Leuck) Copeland and her husband, Earl Copeland, Nicholas Pa’ahana Leuck, Joseph Leilani Leuck and his wife, Ada Leuck, half- brother Robert “Bobby” Y.H. Wong and brother-in-law Benjamin Manaois. Frank was also blessed by many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews who he enjoyed spending time with throughout his life.
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