Leroy K. Franke (October 12, 1927 — May 23, 2017)
Leroy K. (“Roy”) Franke, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, 89, of Grand Junction passed away on May 23, 2017. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 3rd, 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church and School of Messiah, 840 North 11th Street, Grand Junction, CO., with Pastor Redeker officiating. Interment will be arranged at a later date in Glenwood Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of the Radio Outreach Ministry at the Lutheran Church and School of Messiah.
Roy Franke was born October 12, 1927, in Meade, Kansas, the son of August and Augusta Franke. His childhood and schooling was in the Meade area, and he graduated from Meade High School on May 15, 1947. Roy served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946, primarily in the Philippines. He also served in the United States Naval Air Force Reserves as a flight engineer from 1951 to 1955. On June 1, 1951, Roy married Arla Lucille Smith at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Stratton, Colorado. Roy farmed in Burlington, Colorado, and Vanderhoof, Canada, owned and operated the Franke Implement and Feed Store in partnership with his brother Glen Franke in Glenwood Springs, worked for the Rio Grande Motorway and Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Company in Glenwood Springs and Mid Continent Coal Mine in Redstone. Roy and Arla raised a family in Burlington and Glenwood Springs and celebrated 66 years of marriage. In 2001, Roy and Arla retired to the Grand Junction area.
Survivors include his wife Arla, a daughter and a son and their spouses: Divian and Gary Pierson, of Benson, Arizona; Russel and Melinda Franke, of Silt, Colorado; two grandchildren: Brian Pierson and his wife Brenda, of Vail, Arizona; Justin Pierson and his wife Jamie, of Orange, California; and one great-grandchild: Brooke Pierson of Orange, California. Other survivors include numerous nephews, nieces and cousins and their families. He is preceded in death by his parents: August and Augusta Franke; his brothers: William Franke, Edward Franke and Glen Franke; his son Jerry Dean Franke; and his grandson Rustin Franke. Roy enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing, had a pilot’s license and enjoyed working on mechanical and engineering devices.
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