Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1939

JOHN FRANKLIN "FRANK" CHAMPION, JR., was born in Ranger, TX in the early 1920's, the son of Anna Belle Winks & John Franklin Champion. He had an older brother, Donald F. Champion (RHS-1929), and two sisters, Hortense Champion Thompson & Vivian Champion Hughes (RHS-1937). Vivian was also born in Ranger. The Champions came to Ranger in 1917 and Frank, Sr., was the driller on the McClesky #1 discovery well & several of the later offset wells. The father became a superintendent of the Prairie Oil & Gas Co. in 1920 and later was with Hamon Oil Company. Frank, Sr. & Anna Belle returned to Ranger in 1953 and lived there until their deaths. Frank, Jr., graduated with the Ranger High School Class of 1939 and was living in Freer, TX, in 1942 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was killed by enemy fire over Germany in 1943 and was buried in Belgium after the war. At the time of his death, he was co-pilot of a B-17 flying out of England.