Frank A. Bianco, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)
December 2, 1933 – April 21, 2020
Lovingly remembered by his family, son Michael (Lisa), Bill (Dianne), Maria Houston (Ben); Grandchildren Jake Bianco (Megan), Maggie Larsen (Ryan), Marisa and Tori Bianco, Mia and Gavin Houston.
After earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Frank worked for Lockheed Aircraft Corp. as a design engineer.
Following this, Frank served in Vietnam while a member of the Air Force from 1956-1976. In Plattsburg, NY, he was chosen to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology. He was a navigator assigned to Gunship AC-119K and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for Bravery Beyond the Call of Duty as well as the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters for flying 139 missions in Vietnam.
Following his tours in Vietnam, Frank was assigned to B-52 Bombers in Dayton, OH and then to Offutt Headquarters in Bellevue as Division Commander of Offensive Threats.
After retirement from the Air Force, Frank went into the restaurant business serving his famous Sicilian Italian food as owner/operator of Marchio’s in Omaha and later Bianco’s in Papillion. He was also Sarpy County Traffic and Planning Engineer and finished out his distinguished and varied career working in sales at Rotella’s Bread.
Frank was very involved in St. Columbkille Parish over the years, serving on the building committee, and running the kitchen for the yearly Lenten Fish Fry among many other volunteer activities including the Papillion Lions Club. He was also a very active member of the Tangier Shrine.
Frank loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He was always cooking fantastic dinners for family and friends! He was well-known throughout the country for his cooking and recipes. In 1995 he published a cookbook, “A Sicilian-American Father’s Cooking”. He also appeared on numerous cooking shows in the Omaha area.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, June 22nd at 11am, St. Columbkille Catholic Church (200 E. 6th St.) INTERMENT: 1pm, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors.
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