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Hal F., devoted husband of the late Mary "Bink" Franke, loving father of Hal (Janet) Franke, Kevin (Diane) Franke, Gary (Jill) Franke, Paul (Julie) Franke, Mary Lee (Mike) Schiff, cherished grandfather of 18 and 1 great grandchild, dear brother of James (Elaine) Franke, Myra (Jack) Hendy, Trudy (the late Tom) Yaegel and the late Lonny Franke. Son of the late Leo and Gertrude Holtman Franke. Hal was a member of the Elder High School Class of 1946, he received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University, received his Juris Doctor from The University of Cincinnati College of Law, Class of 1953, a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association. He was employed for 39 years with The O.K. Trucking Co. where he rose from bill clerk to Vice President of Industrial Relations and upon retiring from O.K., Hal continued to work in the trucking industry until 2008 as well as holding an "Of Counsel" position with Cors and Bassett, LLC. He was a 1990 inductee into The Price Hill Baseball Old Timers Hall of Fame. Hal was a devout Catholic, a beloved coach, an esteemed mentor, a devoted friend and a relentless educator (in his own way). He was always endowed with the utmost humility despite his not infrequent reference to himself as "The World's Greatest Individual". Hal's humility allowed him to never lose sight of his genuine concern for his family, his trucking industry colleagues and innumerable acquaintances and cherished friends. All these things Hal accomplished, he did so fortified by his faith, his ever present coffee, his welcoming cigars, an occasional wager here or there and the words "God Bless You". He surely will be missed, but not likely forgotten. Died suddenly September 29, 2012 at the age of 84. Visitation Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home, 4989 Glenway Ave, 45238 (opposite the Covedale Center). The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 10:30 AM at St. Antoninus Church, 1500 Linneman Road, 45238. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Elder High School (Class of 1946 Scholarship Fund), 3900 Vincent Ave. 45205

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Oct. 2, 2012
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