RICHARD L. FRANKS (1938 - 2011)

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Richard L. Franks, 73, husband of Alice A. "Sis" (Moyer) Franks, E. Third Ave., Trappe, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, after being stricken in Mansfield.
Mr. Franks was born on July 31, 1938, in Pottstown, and was a son of the late Charles J. Franks, Sr. and the late Mildred L. (Bechtel) Franks.
He was a 1956 graduate of Collegeville – Trappe High School, a 1960 graduate of Temple University, and served as First Lieutenant, with the Co A., 228th Support and Transportation Battalion, PA Army National Guard. Mr. Franks was an auctioneer and the owner of Richard L. Franks Real Estate, Collegeville. He and his wife owned and operated the Bucktail Camping Resort, Mansfield. Mr. Franks was a member and former Sunday school superintendent of Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe, a regional vice-president of the PA Campground Owners Association, a director on the board of the PA Amusement Park Association, a charter member of the American Truck Historical Society, a member and past president of the Collegeville Lions Club, and member of the Warren Lodge #310, Free and Accepted Masons, Collegeville. He was also a member of Keystone Grange #2, Trappe, Skip-Perk Jaycees, Trappe Historical Society, Trappe and Collegeville fire companies, Mingo Express Horse Company, Showman's Association, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and National Assn. of RV Parks and Campgrounds. He was a former 22 year member and past president of Trappe Borough Council.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Franks is survived by his sons, R. Lee Franks, Jr., and his wife, Catherine (DiMattia) Franks of Mansfield, James M. Franks and his girlfriend, Jaclyn Lobb. He was preceded in death by his brother Charles J. Franks, Jr., husband of Dorothy (Walker) Franks of Lower Providence Township.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, at The Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main St., Wellsboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Suite 5010, 555 North Lane, Conshohocken, Pa. 19428. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe, with burial in the church cemetery.
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Sept. 12 to Sept. 20, 2011