May 3, 1935 – July 12, 2018
Forks resident Rufus Franklin Cabe, 83, died July 12 at Forks Community Hospital. Mr. Cabe was born May 3, 1935 in Sylva, NC to Loney and Lillie Hall Cabe. Franklin worked in the timber industry during his early years.
On May 15, 1954, Franklin married Phyllis Ann Wilde of Sylva, NC. After the birth of their first child, Franklin and Phyllis came to Washington State by train with his brother David Lee and wife, Janet, settling in Darrington, Washington.
There Franklin worked for Summit Timber Sawmill until 1970, when he and Phyllis moved to Forks. Together, Franklin and Phyllis worked in the shake mills until he was injured.
Franklin was an active member of the West End Sportsman’s Club, participating in the annual kids’ fishing derby. Franklin was an avid fisherman. He loved to take his family to Sekiu in his boat, fishing and whale watching. It was a common occurrence for him to leave at 2 a.m. with his boat to “catch the big one.”
Another favorite fishing spot was the Richwine Bar, where he was awarded the “Richwine Award” for the most elaborate fishing stories. Frank loved the outdoors, picking moss and mushrooms, hunting and cutting firewood. Monday night wrestling was a highlight in Frank’s life.
Mr. Cabe is survived by his wife Phyllis of 63 years, son Randy and wife Joyce of Forks, son Jerry of Forks and daughter Marcie Aschenbrenner of Montesano, WA. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and his beloved dog Abbey.
He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
The family would like to thank Forks Community Hospital, paramedics, and Dr. Shima for their compassionate care of our beloved husband, father and grandfather. A special thanks to Forks Lions Club for building a handicap ramp, and to the men at New Image Handyman Services for their dedicated work on the construction of the home during our loss.