Francis W. Gavlak, 89, Portage, died Tuesday. He was born in Portage, son of Joseph and Dorothy (Spinner) Gavlak. He is survived by a brother, Stephen E. of Portage, and was preceded in death by three brothers: Joseph Jr., John and Emil; and five sisters: Mary Blaschak, Ethel Selezan, Margaret McMurray, Vilma Lukosavich and infant Matilda. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, Portage. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at St. Joseph Church.