Frank A. Bianco, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)

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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  • Russ Tice Posted April 22, 2020 5:12 pm

    My sincere condolences.

  • Jerry Jacobsen Posted April 23, 2020 12:02 pm

    One great guy have not seen him in a long time but back when I worked for him
    you could not work for a better person. Bye Frank

  • Frank & Karen Meyers Posted April 23, 2020 6:22 pm

    I will truly miss him greatly.

  • Samantha May Wilson Posted April 25, 2020 12:42 pm

    Growing up in Papillion, you had to eat at least once at Bianco’s . Frank treated you as one of the family with a smile. I was my daughter Mia’s age when I met Frank. He became like an Uncle. My brother Sean worked for Frank at Bianco’s. Frank took him under his wing and taught him about the restaurant business. Sean and Chris got married at Bianco’s, they just celebrated their 32nd Anniversary on April 10th. Frank was my Niece Syl’s God-Father. He helped Sean and Chris out a lot. So you could say my family got to see Frank a lot more outside of the restaurant then most. He was a kind, gentle man… plus a great cook.
    He will greatly missed.

  • Charlotte (C. J.) Gammell Posted April 26, 2020 6:50 pm

    It is with sadness that I learned of Frank’s passing. Not only was he a wonderful client, but I know he was a
    fantastic person. My sympathy to a truly good guy. Blessings to all his family.

  • Jane Hutfles Posted April 27, 2020 7:01 am

    Frank was a very special man I met on the journey, called life!

  • Mark and Gail Gallagher Posted April 28, 2020 7:42 am

    What an amazing family friend! I am so sorry I couldn’t watch the vigil, but I have been praying for all of your family. I know your Dad is now reunited with your Mom, and they are now healthy and happy together. Frank was truly a man to admire and emulate… We will miss him!

  • Michele Gallagher Glesinger & Jim Glesinger Posted April 28, 2020 8:17 am

    The Gallagher family are present with the Bianco family in spirit and prayer always, and especially at this time. Bless Frank’s soul. He was a legend and will always be! We are comforted to know he is now at peace with his beloved wife, Cheryl. May the both find eternal happiness together. 🙏🏼❤️🕯🇮🇹

  • Joseph and Angelina Malachino Posted April 30, 2020 10:29 am

    We were greatly sad to hear the news of Frank’s passing. One great guy have not seen him in a long time but will truly treasure the memories we have of Frank, Cheryl and family. He is now in heaven with Cheryl holding to each other and looking down on his precious family. God Bless the Bianco family. 💕 ✝️ 🙏🏻

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