Frank Tomandl

Jan. 25, 1934 – Nov. 13, 2022


Frank Tomandl, of Lincoln, formerly of Seward, was born Jan. 25, 1934, to Frank and Dorothy (Brennan) Tomandl.

He attended District 11 country school, west of Seward, until 1946 when the family moved to Waverly. He graduated from St. Patrick’s School in Havelock and then attended Waverly High School until 1949, when the Tomandl family moved to Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Cedar Rapids High School in 1951. After graduating from high school, he worked for the pipeline construction company that built the natural gas pipeline from Grand Island to Norfolk. He then worked at Behlens in Columbus and Habco in Platte Center. In 1956, he joined the United States Navy and spent 20 years as an aircraft electrician at Naval bases in Kansas, Texas, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Rhode Island. He also served at Naval bases in Rota, Spain, Naples, Italy, and Antarctica. He served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway in Japan, Philippines and Vietnam. He also served on the U.S. Salisbury Sound in Vietnam.

Frank participated in Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica with Air Development Squadron Six to provide logistical support to scientists of the U.S. Antarctica Research Program. He took part in squadron missions of photo mapping the continent. After retiring from the Navy in 1976, he lived in various places in Texas including Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Austin, Dallas, Temple and Waco. In 1979, he graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Business Administration. In 1989, he returned to Lincoln. Frank passed away Nov. 13, 2022, in Lincoln, at the age of 88 years, 9 months and 19 days.

He is survived by his brother, Tom Tomandl of Lincoln; sisters, Colette Magwire of Lincoln, Kathy Tomandl of Orting, Washington, and Dorothy McIntyre of Lincoln; five nieces, two nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dorothy Tomandl; brother, Randal P. Tomandl; and sister, Carol Carroll.

A private family graveside service was conducted. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Tomandl family. Condolences may be left for the family online at