Frank R. Chaffin

Frank Chaffin, 76, of Topeka, died Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Frank was born January 5, 1943 in Newton, Kansas, the son of Frank W. and Sara Sue Ewing Chaffin. He was a 1961 graduate of Topeka High School where he was a THS madrigal singer. His first go at radio broadcast was at the age of 15 at KTOP Radio. At Washburn University, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta.

His life-long broadcast career included stations in Topeka, Lawrence, Norton, Salina, Kansas City, Springfield, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa. His career in advertising included agencies in Topeka and Lawrence. He was the 2007 Silver Medal Recipient of the Topeka Advertising Federation.

Frank was a featured actor with the Dale Eason Players of Topeka and Apple Valley Farm, Topeka Civic Theatre, Des Moines Theatre, and others. His love for the Topeka community was vast. He proudly served on the boards of Topeka Youth Project, American Red Cross, and Family Service and Guidance Center.

Most recently his career choice returned to radio with the development of WRENRADIO.net.

Frank enjoyed watching the KU Jayhawks basketball team, riding his motorcycle, traveling, wine, and music. And, as much as Frank loved to talk about radio and advertising, nothing was more important to him than his family.  Frank married, Linda F. McCall on August 3, 1963. They started dating their senior year at THS after performing in South Pacific. She survives with their son Brady, wife Cindy, and grandson Braden, and daughter Timi, husband Jeff, and granddaughters, Dani and Jordyn Musselman. Whether it was a basketball, hockey, baseball, or volleyball game, or front row at the theater or music program, Frank could always be found smiling, cheering louder than anyone, wearing the appropriate team shirt – along with his signature newsboy cap, from the best seats in the house.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth Chaffin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 825 W Buchanan, Topeka, Kansas 66606.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date.

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  1. From time to time I would pass Frank on the street and he would always speak to me or I would say something to him.our conversations would last for quite some time. It reminded me of school days at Topeka High. Sorry to hear of his passing . Great guy. Best Regards and with sympathy …. Linda and family.

  2. To Linda, Timi, Brady and family.
    I am writing this with tears in my eyes but a smile in my heart. Tears because we will never hear be able to laugh with Frank again, and so very sad I will not be able to have long talks with Frank that always left me feeling happy and glad that I was his friend. I worked with Frank for many years and had so much fun exchanging ideas. Frank always smiled when he talked about how proud he was of his family! I am thankful for all the wonderful years of friendship I was able to share with him. Frank will forever have a special place in my heart!

  3. Linda, Brady, Timi and families,
    Even though we don’t see each other often you all are a big part of my memories growing up! Linda, you and Frank trusted me with your kiddos and they became my “littles” and always will be! I will miss all the comments and likes on fb that Frank and I shared from birthdays, anniversaries, KU games and just “life”. Thankful to fb for the chance to reconnect with those we love and don’t get to see! Love you all and hope to see you at Frank’s celebration!

  4. Timi and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He was a great man and I know you have a million memories. May God give you peace and comfort.

  5. I first met Frank in grade school in Newton, Kansas. We were close friends and neighbors. I was sad when he moved away never thinking our paths would cross again. Our family moved to Topeka the summer before the 9th grade. Our family spent most of the day looking for a place to live. After bugging my parents they finally said I could call Frank. Unbelievable, but they just had moved to a new house and their former home was available. It became our new home. To boot, we both attended Crane Junior High and Topeka High together. What a special person and friend. He will always be in my thoughts. Linda and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of great loss.

  6. Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time.

    With heartfelt condolences,

    Darrel and Resa Gross
    Topeka, KS

  7. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Remember well the Dunkard at Apple Valley Farm.
    It has been my pleasure trying to sell ads for Wren Radio. Frank always seemed so upbeat about his heart condition and life in general. We always had a great conversation when I stopped by the office.
    I asked him to be the MC at the annual Capital City Men’s Barbershop Show last year of which he graciously did for us.
    May his soul Rest In Peace and let light perpetual shine upon him.
    Sincerely, Norman and Nancy Nellis

  8. Linda,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you & your family & pray you find solace in all the beautiful memories you have of Frank.

  9. Sad to lose another THS classmate, husband ,father and grandfather. My prayers go out to you, Linda and your family.

  10. I was very sad to hear about Frank. He was a very nice and positive person. Sorry I didn’t know if he was ill.

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