Frank C. Videon Jr., 70, auto dealer and funny guy

Frank C. Videon Jr.
Frank C. Videon Jr.
Posted: June 17, 2014

Frank C. Videon Jr., 70, of West Chester, a Newtown Square auto dealer and lifelong practical joker who officiated at high school football games, died Thursday, June 12, at home after battling stomach cancer for more than a year.

His wife of 47 years, Carol, said Sunday that Mr. Videon's joking extended to a family rivalry between her husband, who ran a Chevrolet dealership, and brothers Steve and Wayne Videon, who ran a competing Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership.

Mr. Videon bought newspaper advertisements poking fun at his brothers by putting their heads on turkeys or steers.

He liked selling and talking with people, and the dealership was a success, but General Motors forced him to close in 2009, his wife said. "He was shocked because he always won the customer satisfaction award," she said.

Mr. Videon officiated at high school football games in Delaware County for 35 years and worked the chain crew at Eagles home games, handling first-down measurements.

Running back Keith Byars knocked him off his feet during one game, Carol Videon said. "He probably felt like a Mack truck hit him, but he liked the notoriety," she said.

The couple met at Ursinus College. They both majored in health and physical education. There, in particular, Mr. Videon exercised his funny bone. One day, he got hold of the Ursinus mascot costume, a bear. He donned it and ran out of the woods while the archery class was shooting at targets. His wife said everyone thought it was hilarious - except the instructor.

Another time, Mr. Videon and a friend posed as janitors with a ladder and lightbulb to get into her modern-dance class - which men had been barred from because of the revealing tights.

In retirement, Mr. Videon golfed and played with his grandchildren. They called him Frankiebaby.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Videon is survived by his mother, Edna Videon; daughters Tara, Tracy, and Tami; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation was set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Newtown Square Presbyterian Church, 3600 Goshen Rd. The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. in the church.

Donations may be sent to the Newtown Square Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society, Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.


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