Frank R. Polichene

Frank R. Polichene

Frank R. Polichene, 92, of Ravenna, beloved husband, loving father and grandfather, passed away surrounded by family on December 5, 2013. He was born to the late Joseph and Libera Polichene, February 7, 1921, in Ravenna, Ohio. Frank graduated from Ravenna High School in 1937 and served in the Navy during WWII. He received his BA in both Education and Business Administration, and his MBA in Industrial Management from Kent State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He married Helen Bosko in 1951 and they resided together in Ravenna for 62 years. Frank began his career as a plant engineer at the Ravenna Arsenal and later became the manager of corporate planning for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron until retirement in 1984. He served three terms on the Ravenna City Council and later became Ravenna City Council clerk. Frank served as a consultant on the Akron Regional Development Board, the Blue Ribbon Committee, and the Ravenna Community Improvement Corporation. Frank was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, the Italian-American Club, the Heritage Club, Toastmasters, and the VFW. He was active in golf, bowling, and bocce. Frank's greatest passion was for his family, who knew him for his hard work, honesty, and commitment to education. Frank is survived by his wife, Helen, four children: Diane (Jeff) Buller and Sandra Polichene, of Ravenna; Nancy (Glenn) Gordon of Seattle, WA; and Janet (Thomas) Lombardi, of Columbus. Known as Papa, he also is survived by his grandchildren: Brooke Buller, Olivia Buller, and Nathan Buch, of Columbus; Kelsey Buller, of Chicago, IL; Gabrielle Buch, Meghan (Gordon) Hayes, and Kylene Gordon, of Seattle, WA; and Matthew and Elena Lombardi, of Columbus. Frank was also preceded in death by his brother, Nunzio (Foot) Polichene and sister, Bridget Bruno. Frank will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on. Cremation has taken place and a private family celebration of life will be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared at

(Shorts-Spicer-Crislip 330-296-6858, RC 12-22-13)

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  • He will be greatly missed.  What a great man.  His legacy will live on forever.

  • A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops...I had Mr. Polichene as a teacher in RHS and he has and always will be a role model to me and a close friend of mine. We remember the time he spent helping us get a difficult lesson just right, and the way he shaped our lives. So sorry for your loss. Seems like God has to take the good ones.

    Cynthea Upshaw

  • To Diane, Sandy and Nancy -

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father.  Cherish the memories you have of him.  My thoughts are with you.


    Nancy (Wilson) Whitehead, KSU Delta Gamma '79

  • Diane and Jeff

        Our thoughts and prayers are with you ae this time.