Dr. Gordon Lester Franke passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014 surrounded by family at his home in Mandeville, LA. He was 72. He was born on August 26, 1941 in Chicago, IL to the late Lester Herman and Bernice Christopher Franke. He resided in Mandeville for the past 37 years. In 1967, Gordon married Kathleen Ludeman Franke and together they had two children, Gordy C. Franke (Laura) and Betsy F. Knotts (Christopher). He will be dearly missed by two precious grandchildren, Madeline and Simon Knotts. Gordon was the brother of Lawrence Franke (Charly). Gordon was a clinical psychologist at Southeastern Louisiana State Hospital for many years and was Director of Youth Services when he retired in January 2013. He was an avid fan of melodic jazz throughout his life. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 335 Asbury Dr, Mandeville, LA 70471. Visitation will start at 10:00 AM and service at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow services at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Dr. Gordon L. Franke be made to MD Anderson Center, www.mdanderson.org and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, www.marybird.org. Please sign the online Guest Book at www.ejfieldingfh.com.
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E. J. Fielding Funeral Home - Covington
2260 West 21st Avenue Covington, LA 70433
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from May 22 to May 31, 2014