Ernest Franke

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Anchorage resident Ernest E. "Chip" Franke, 53, died April 29, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after a battle with cancer.
A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Reilly's Irish Pub, 317 W. Fireweed Lane. The Rev. Donald Bramble will officiate.
Chip was born Oct. 19, 1954, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and attended State University of New York and the University of Alaska Anchorage, studying civil engineering and arctic and mechanical engineering.
Chip had worked in construction for 30 years and in project management and environmental services.
He was employed with Chugach McKinley Inc., Petro Marine Services, Inuit Services Inc., MTNT Development, Montgomery Watson Construction, Alaska Village Environmental and other development companies.
His family wrote: "Chip had a passion for life with a charismatic and vivacious personality that would draw all to him. Chip enjoyed sea kayaking, fishing, and riding his Harley. All his friends will remember him when they ride their motorcycles, when the sun hits their face, and smile to the best of memories. Chip had the ability to bring smiles to a group of riders even when caught in a rainstorm with no shelter in sight."
Chip was preceded in death by his father, Ernest E. Franke; mother, Dorthy Pedlow Franke; and sister, Margaret L. "Peggy" Franke.
He is survived by his sister, Annette Franke of Florida; brother, Christopher Franke of Las Vegas; and all of his friends in Alaska.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on May 14, 2008