February 2, 1942 – December 14, 2020
Prairie Village, Kansas – Francis Stephen Franke (Frank), Prairie Village, Kansas, handed away on December 14, 2020. A non-public household Mass was held on Friday at Our Woman of Sorrows Catholic Church. A Celebration of Life will probably be held at a later date.
The fifth of seven kids, Frank was born on February 2nd, 1942 in Kansas Metropolis, MO to Ruth (Boehm) and Carl Joseph Franke. Frank attended Our Woman of Sorrows Grade Faculty, De La Salle Excessive Faculty, and St. Francis Seminary (Cincinnati, Ohio) earlier than attending and graduating from Rockhurst School. In 1963 Frank joined the Navy the place he spent 6 months lively responsibility then six years within the Naval Reserve. Frank is preceded in loss of life by his dad and mom and his brothers, Michael, Donald, and Eugene.
Frank leaves behind his beloved spouse of 48 years, Sharon; brothers, Louis Franke, Lloyd Franke (Boston, MA) and sister Rosemary Abbick; daughters, Britton Norden (Rick) and Dr. Hillary Franke (Rick Church) of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Taylor, Meredith, and Millie Norden, Ryan, and Sadie Church.
After starting his CPA profession at Arthur Anderson, in 1971 Frank began Francis S. Franke and Firm, the place all purchasers have been buddies, and all buddies have been household.
Frank served as Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and President of The Missouri Society of CPAs. He was a member of The American Institute of CPAs (Skilled Ethics Committee), and President of The Kansas Metropolis Chapter of Licensed Public Accountants. Frank served on the Kansas Metropolis Membership Board of Administrators, in addition to the 1212 Membership (President) and the 611 Membership (President).
In 1973 Frank and Sharon joined the Carriage Membership the place he served on the Board of Administrators as Secretary and Treasurer. On the vacation occasion annually he reprised his position of Santa Claus so convincingly that Britton and Hillary climbed as much as whisper Christmas needs with out even a touch of suspicion.
Frank was obsessed with his group work whether or not it was as decide for the American Royal BBQ contest or serving to discovered De La Salle Schooling Heart which made incomes the excellence of the 2003 De LaSalle Alumni of the Yr all of the extra significant. Different board and management roles included Visiting Nurses Dwelling Well being Care, BOTAR Mens’ Advisory, Marillac Dwelling for Youngsters, Native Sons of Kansas Metropolis, and Analysis Hospital, the place he served as President of the Advisory Board and was Chairman of the ASID “Dwelling of the Yr.”
A straightforward recruit for something household, Frank did a number of excursions as treasurer on the boards of St. Paul’s Day Faculty and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. As a member of the Sacristy, anybody that handed via the doorways of St. Andrew’s on a Sunday discovered a without end good friend in one in all his favourite roles – “Usher Frank”. You’ll have identified Frank from one in all these organizations, in that case, you’ll have identified him because the President, Secretary / Treasurer, however it was making a deep and lasting distinction for others that was his guiding power.
A type of lasting variations will be seen within the restoration of a number of stained-glass home windows to honor his father at Our Woman of Sorrows Catholic Church. From his altar boy days to his 2011 acceptance as a papal knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Frank’s Catholic religion anchored his life and his work. With a head for numbers and a coronary heart for others, Frank was fast to lend an ear, tax recommendation or BBQ recipe. He by no means met a stranger and was a trusted good friend to many from the “decoration group” of yesteryear to his work out buddies / breakfast membership of at this time. Frank and Sharon’s residence was a most well-liked vacation spot for numerous gatherings of not solely their household and buddies, but additionally the ladies. A definitive host, Frank’s heat smile and beneficiant methods will probably be missed. In lieu of flowers, household requests memorial items be made in Frank’s title to De LaSalle Schooling Heart or St. Paul’s Episcopal Day Faculty.
Revealed by Kansas Metropolis Star on Dec. 20, 2020.