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Richard Herman Franke


1939 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Richard Herman Franke Obituary
RICHARD HERMAN FRANKE died May 12, 2016 at UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center in San Diego, CA with family by his side. He was born on July 30, 1939 in Los Angeles to the late Herman and Nellie Mae Sharp Franke. The family moved to Hemet, CA in 1948, where he attended school, graduating from Hemet High in 1957. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from USC and his Master's Degree in Theology from Boston University. He directed a settlement house in Cambridge, MA for several years. In 1971, he married Francine Gitnik of Pittsburgh, PA, where they moved in 1973. They became the proud parents of two sons, Christopher John (1974) and Frederick Paul (1976), while he managed the Parkside Inn. He moved his family to Hemet in 1979, got his general contractor's license, built their home, and filled in as a youth pastor. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, reading, and being "Grandpa." For the past four years, he has resided in San Diego with his youngest son Fred and family. He is survived by his sons Christopher (Marly) and Fred (Lucia); grandchildren Angelina, John, Christopher, Jr. and Milana; former wife and dear friend Fran Franke; siblings Bonnie Hall (Len), Bill (Martha), Cheryl Patrick; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service is planned for May 27, 2:00 at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life and dinner at the home of Bill and Martha Franke. As Richard liked to say, "The gift is your presence." In lieu of flowers, please consider participating in a tradition that Richard enjoyed: decorating graves for Memorial Day. After the graveside service, there will be an opportunity to place flowers provided by the family on graves at the cemetery. If you wish, you may make a donation in memory of Richard to the Come Build Hope ministry of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, where he attended. The address is 120 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Checks can be made payable to SBPC, with Come Build Hope on the memo line.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on May 22, 2016
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