Illes, Frank Anton

October 8, 1935 – January 5, 2024
at the age of 88 years:     

Memorial Service:  2:00 p.m. January 20, 2024 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 721 2nd St. SE, Salmon Arm

Dad was born at the family homestead in Ceylon, Saskatchewan to his parents, Joseph and Agnes.  Frank was one of ten children.  They were Hungarian immigrants who were farmers and Frank always enjoyed farm life.  When Frank was 18, he dedicated his life to his heavenly father Jehovah and was baptized.

Later, Frank met Ruby while in Saskatchewan and they enjoyed 64 years of marriage which began July 17th, 1959.

Shortly after, they welcomed two daughters, Lorraine (Nicola Fiorante) and Anna Marie (Sheldon Davis). In 1980, Frank and Ruby moved to Salmon Arm.

Frank was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Agnes Illes.  He was grandfather to four grandchildren:  Jennifer (Les Martin), Jared Bey (Miranda), Natasha (Kyle Micku) and Ryan Davis (Brenda); and great-grandfather to Lennie Bey, Leighton Bey, Ryder Micku and Aaliyah Micku.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dad loved the truth and loved sharing the good news with others.  He enjoyed many days in the ministry with his dear friends Steve and Marlene Paynton. 

Frank continued to farm throughout his life and loved his cattle.  He also helped his neighbours and others during the harvest season.

Frank always had such a good sense of humour.  At one point, Frank owned a truck that he dubbed the “grasshopper killer machine.”  He was delighted to receive a gift of a grasshopper to remind him of those good days.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and during this difficult time.

We’ll always remember,
That special smile, that caring heart,
That warm embrace you always gave us.
You being there for Mom and us through good times and bad.
No matter what.  We will always remember you, Dad.
It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon.


  1. Sorry, for your loss. remembering many visits when we lived in Salmon Arm. Several times he helped when we were in the middle of a job. we never asked, he just rolled up his sleeves and helped.

  2. We have known Frank since 1980 when he moved to Salmon Arm
    He was truly a special friend,deeply devoted to his God Jehovah.
    As a result he was always kind , loving , generous ,hospitable
    And a delight to be around,always smiling.
    We will miss him but we look forward to a grand reunion with all
    Our loved ones including Frank in the promised paradise.
    Our condolences to the Illes family

  3. Frank will be missed by all those who knew him. Condolences to all his loved ones.

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