Frank “Hank” J. Pulpan, Jr., 84, passed away peacefully on the morning of January 11, 2021. Born on February 12, 1936 in Conway, Hank is the son of the late Frank J. Pulpan, Sr. and Mary B. (Kvaternik) Pulpan. He was also preceded in death by wife, Barbara, an older sister, Josephine Herrold, and a miscarried grandson. He is survived by his oldest sister, Sylvia Waldenmyer, younger brother, Edward (Janice) Pulpan, two sons, Tyler Pulpan of Cranberry Twp. and Shawn (Heather) Pulpan of Robinson Twp., as well as a 22-month-old grandson, Benjamin. Hank worked over two decades in the offices of Conrail at Conway Yard, and later in life he worked part-time for several years as a driver at the Butler Auto Auction. Hank may be remembered most as a permanent fixture on the sidelines of his sons’ sports games. He never missed a soccer, baseball, basketball, or football game no matter where the location, and he was never sitting on the bleachers. He was standing - close to the action - wearing a cowboy hat with unlit cigar in his mouth and talking (although oftentimes yelling) advice to his boys. He may have provoked a referee or umpire a few times along the way. Hank also enjoyed polka music and dancing, horse racing, a hot cup of coffee and the morning paper, and eating out. He loved going out for breakfast, and his other favorites included hot roast beef sandwiches from The Maple Restaurant and anywhere with good spaghetti and meatballs. Hank always spoke freely and did what he wished. He always wore button-up shirts (Hawaiian print was a favorite), and it’s safe to say he never owned a pair of jeans. Hank loved talking to people of all walks of life and made friends easily. He’d put his hand on your shoulder and step in close, because he genuinely listened and cared about your story and what you had to say. As a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Hank will be greatly missed. Due to the health concerns of Covid-19, family and friends will meet Thursday for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Baden. Hank will be laid to rest in the mausoleum of Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester. Arrangements were entrusted to the John Syka Funeral Home, 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge.
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