Frank Ambrose

1924 - 2013

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SALEM — Frank was born to Italian Immigrants, Gaetano D’Ambrosio and Angelina Fazzari D’Ambrosio, in Walla Walla. Frank had a long and successful career in the cannery industry. He was employed with Libby McNeil and Libby in Walla Walla until 1970 when it closed and he was transferred to the Salem plant. He was with Libby’s for 41 years. When Libby’s closed, he then worked for Norpac at Plant #7, until his retirement in 1990.

He was instrumental in organizing Little League baseball in Salem in 1970. He went on to be an assistant district administrator for District 4 in Portland. When Salem organized enough leagues, Salem became District 7, of which he was the district administrator for 18 years. While living in Walla Walla he was a professional umpire for colleges.

Frank was a member of Queen of Peace Church and ushered there for 41 years; a past member of Elks #287; a veteran of World War II and emeritus district administrator of District 7 Little League.

He is survived by three children, Steven and Mary Ambrose of Denver, Douglas Ambrose of Danville, Calif., and Karen and Todd Rabb of Salem. He has eight grandchildren, Hadley, Samuel and Marcus Ambrose of Denver, Paige, Brooke, Ross and Krista Ambrose of Danville, Calif., and Chloe Rabb of Salem. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Lucco of Portland; sister-in-law, Grace Ambrose of Chula Vista, Calif.; and good friend, Jeanette D. Ambrose. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Josephine; and a brother, Paul.

Rosary and funeral Mass were held in Salem. Committal at the grave with military honors was held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Those wanting to make a donation in Frank’s memory may do so to the charity of their choice.

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