In Memory of

Frank Robert Escue

March 18, 1940 - October 7, 2017
Frank Robert Escue, the son of Ralph and Flora (Dewar) Escue, was born on March 18, 1940, on a farm in Cherokee County. He was raised a sharecropper on the Simonsen farm located in Rock Township. He graduated from Quimby High School in 1958. He was a member of the Army National Guard from 1956-1959. Following his graduation from high school, Frank attended the Reisch World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. Thereafter, for the next approximately 55 years, Frank conducted auctions throughout northwest Iowa, holding more than 3,000 public auctions. He also volunteered for numerous charity and church benefit auctions. Frank married Marcia Artz of Marcus, Iowa, in 1961. Shortly thereafter, they purchased and moved onto the Simonsen farm in Rock Township. They began actively engaging in farming and raising their two boys, Duke and Jesse. Frank was very civic-minded, and was actively involved in numerous community organizations. Specifically, he was a founding member of the Cherokee County Rural Water Board, a member of the Cherokee County Soil Conservation Board, the Willow Community School Board, the Cherokee County Compensation Committee, and the Cherokee County Eminent Domain Committee. He was a valued member of the Cherokee County Fair Board, serving as President for several years, and was instrumental in the modernization of the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. He was also a longtime supporter of Pheasants Forever. During his last few years Frank was finally able to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a truck driver. First, he drove truck for Perrin's Fur Farm for a few years, and then, for the last three years, as a full-time semi truck driver for Bryan Lux of Lux Transportation, a job he enjoyed immensely, hauling grain throughout northwest and central Iowa. Following a brief illness, Frank passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Albert. Survivors include his sons, Duke of Crown Point, Indiana, and Jesse of Jeffersonville, New York, along with their mother, Marcia of Westside, Iowa; his siblings, Dorothy (Don) Royer of Cherokee, Ben (Elaine) Escue of Texas, and Dr. Faye (Dave) Smith of Kansas City. The family suggests memorials in Frank's name may be directed to Pheasants Forever, or a community organization of your choosing.
Private family services will be held at a later date. If you would like to offer a remembrance in Frank's name, the family suggests memorial gifts be directed to Pheasants Forever--a cause that was very important to Frank. Thank you.


Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear the passing of Frank. I really enjoyed being around him my younger years at the Auctions, listening to him and saying to myself. WOW that guy can talk fast. It was hard to understand him at first, but the more I went to his auctions the more I understood him He will be missed, RIP Frank”
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sad to see this. Frank and his kind are the backbone of America.”
- Bob Smith
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“sending our deepest sympathies in your loss. Have so many great memories of times with him from high school to later years. It was great working with him at sales. He had great stories and a great laugh. Learned alot from him. Memories of him can be cherished. Dennis and Barb Gano”
- Dennis Gano
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers and thoughts are with all of Frank's family and friends. He will long be remembered for all the auctions we all went to!He will always be a part of Cherokee and it history!”
- Kurt and Joyce Rasmus
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Frank was a joy to be around and always had a smile. It was a pleasure to have worked with him. ”
- Kelly and Teri Perrin
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry for the loss of my dearest friend Frank. Even though we were miles apart we always called each other every weekend for the past 8-9 years. I will truly miss his conversations and his laughter. God bless and keep all of you strong. ”
- Renae F Walker
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I have lots of good memories of our high school years. He was a kind, considerate friend.”
- Mary Kay (George) France
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Frank was our friend, an honest man, with whom we enjoyed knowing and doing business Our Sympathy to Frank's family.
Chuck and Joanne Clark”
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He is an icon of the county. Blessings to the family. ”
- Jim and Brenda Perry
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Oh how I remember the good old days when Frank the Colonel of Auctioneering would work the crowd. My favor saying: Yes or No what do you say? All in all said all done. Amen.”
- Craig Wiese
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry. I will always have a picture of Uncle Frank in my mind...laughing. He seemed to always smile. I loved hearing his voice at auctions, and I have many happy memories of times spent with Duke and Jessie on the farm. I'm thinking of you.”
- Regina Escue
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Reminiscing with Duke and Jesse the last few days have brought back such fun memories of the farm... walking the beans, all the animals, family reunions with so much food!!! I loved listening and watching Uncle Frank as he choreographed auctions whether it be an estate sale or at the Calcutta at the Country Club. He surely was a blessing to Mom and Dad - I know how much they will miss him - his smile was contagious and that is how I will remember him. ”
- Diane L McCue
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I met Frank in 1979 when I began working at Randall's Café and he and Marcia would come for coffee. Shortly thereafter I began working for Frank at his Auctions and the Cherokee Co Fair. I can remember like it was yesterday the first time I rode with Frank in his pick-up truck, his driving skills were a lot to be desired. Those of you that had that same pleasure know what I mean. You never knew what Frank was going to do or say! I have many fond memories of Frank Escue that I will treasure always. Rest in Peace Frank. My Deepest Sympathies to his family.”
- Carla J DeYoung
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Frank. Many great and fun memories of a terrific neighbor. I remember when he would come and help bale hay and during their breaks he and Ben would try to teach us kids how to stand on our heads..or when he helped move cattle and Jim got on his horse and it took off towards home (2 miles away!) Always had his black and white dog with him when he would stop by...Great neighbor...”
- Pat Kohn Taggart
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Whats to say? - so well already expressed by others above?
Well, a voice from Maryhill is herewith offered.
Frank was a beam of light in the beloved years of the Maryhill Picnic. As a decades volunteer auctioneer at the Maryhill Picnic Auction he was there to rally bidders and to entertain all in attendance during that time. Always open, friendly and 'surprising' to the visiting public at the Picnic. This tribute of appreciation thus joins so many other Cherokee City/County organizations to which he gave his ALL - as person and professional.
Prayerful Blessings + R.I.P.:Frank and family ”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“As a fellow Quimby HS classmate, we all have very fond memories of Frank. Class of 1958. ”
- Donald R. Johnson
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Frank was such a nice man! I enjoyed working at his auctions so much. He was one of a kind! He will truly be missed in our community.”
- Ciara Miller
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Frank, will not only be remembered as a well-known autioneer, but for his traits of being an early riser and for liking to keep busy. He always took time to admire the summer garden and was gracious for its produce. He made time to chat and seemed to find a connection when recalling the changes that have transpired over the years. Perhaps we can relate when he would comment that driving truck gave him something to seems good when we can look forward to a busy day. May he now rest in peace from the challenges he faced in the last few weeks. With sincere sympathy ......”
- Mike and Jan Lux
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Frank and my sister Marcia took me in when I was 16 and a sophomore in high school. I lived with them through high school and felt their place was home for several years thereafter. Frank was like a second big brother. He was always good to me and always offered up an opinion to make you think. He helped me find my first car and my first summer job before college. He did indeed keep busy and instilled that perspective in others as well. His passing is very sad and he will be dearly missed by those close to him. My prayers are with you my friend...... ”
- Tyler D. Artz
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Duke and Jesse, I have so many memories of us being kids together and growing up together, probably just like the 2 of you do. They would make interesting stories to people who cared but have greater meaning to those who shared the experience. Frank was an independent thinker (always) and his use of math was quick and accurate and he could remember anything that had to do with numbers beyond what seemed possible to me. I always felt like he was unwavering in his pursuit of his objectives and satisfied with his accomplishments. He was the good example.”
- Ben Escue
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Oh what a man. Loved going to his auctions and buying things we really didn't need. He made it so much fun. He will be greatly missed by all.”
- Patsy and Jerome Day
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathies... will always remember the many auctions we went that Frank held and the good person that he was.”
- Jerry and Tammy (Miller) Johnson
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