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ROBERT WILLIAM "BOB" FRANKE, 94, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 18, 1919, at the family homestead near Hoagland and Franke Roads in Hoagland, Ind., he was the son of the late Herman and Iva Franke. Bob was a long time member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He served in World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corp. Bob was a firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, retiring in 1969. He also worked as a tool and die maker. Bob was proud of the decade he served as director for the Fort Wayne Little League District 10, he was very passionate about planes and enjoyed the time he spent around his fellow firefighters. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred; children, Cheryl (Ronald) Daseler, Bruce Franke, Dean (Janet) Franke, and Stanley Franke; grandchildren, Colin (Kelly) Daseler, Aaron Daseler, Haley Daseler, Jenni Franke, and Megan (Mike) Franke Coccitto; great-grandchildren, Presley Coccitto and Ava Daseler; step-grandchildren, Kyle Renkenber ger, Jake Renkenberger, and Ally Gallmeier; brothers, Ray and Roger Franke; brother-in-law, Maurice Keltsch; and sister-in-law, Ruth Cole. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Franke; sister, Helen Reynolds; and brother-in-law, Donald Keltsch. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3705 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. Entombment in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. For online condolences, visit www. klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 29, 2013