Francis Franke
1942 - 2020
Francis Franke
February 2, 1942 - December 14, 2020
Prairie Village, Kansas - Francis Stephen Franke (Frank), Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away on December 14, 2020. A private family Mass was held on Friday at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The fifth of seven children, Frank was born on February 2nd, 1942 in Kansas City, MO to Ruth (Boehm) and Carl Joseph Franke. Frank attended Our Lady of Sorrows Grade School, De La Salle High School, and St. Francis Seminary (Cincinnati, Ohio) before attending and graduating from Rockhurst College. In 1963 Frank joined the Navy where he spent 6 months active duty then six years in the Naval Reserve. Frank is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Michael, Donald, and Eugene.
Frank leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Sharon; brothers, Louis Franke, Lloyd Franke (Boston, MA) and sister Rosemary Abbick; daughters, Britton Norden (Rick) and Dr. Hillary Franke (Rick Church) of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Taylor, Meredith, and Millie Norden, Ryan, and Sadie Church.
After beginning his CPA career at Arthur Anderson, in 1971 Frank started Francis S. Franke and Company, where all clients were friends, and all friends were family.
Frank served as Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and President of The Missouri Society of CPAs. He was a member of The American Institute of CPAs (Professional Ethics Committee), and President of The Kansas City Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. Frank served on the Kansas City Club Board of Directors, as well as the 1212 Club (President) and the 611 Club (President).
In 1973 Frank and Sharon joined the Carriage Club where he served on the Board of Directors as Secretary and Treasurer. At the holiday party each year he reprised his role of Santa Claus so convincingly that Britton and Hillary climbed up to whisper Christmas wishes without even a hint of suspicion.
Frank was passionate about his community work whether it was as judge for the American Royal BBQ contest or helping found De La Salle Education Center which made earning the distinction of the 2003 De LaSalle Alumni of the Year all the more meaningful. Other board and leadership roles included Visiting Nurses Home Health Care, BOTAR Mens' Advisory, Marillac Home for Children, Native Sons of Kansas City, and Research Hospital, where he served as President of the Advisory Board and was Chairman of the ASID "Home of the Year."
An easy recruit for anything family, Frank did several tours as treasurer on the boards of St. Paul's Day School and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. As a member of the Vestry, anyone that passed through the doors of St. Andrew's on a Sunday found a forever friend in one of his favorite roles – "Usher Frank". You may have known Frank from one of these organizations, if so, you may have known him as the President, Secretary / Treasurer, but it was making a deep and lasting difference for others that was his guiding force.
One of those lasting differences can be seen in the restoration of several stained-glass windows to honor his father at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. From his altar boy days to his 2011 acceptance as a papal knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Frank's Catholic faith anchored his life and his work. With a head for numbers and a heart for others, Frank was quick to lend an ear, tax advice or BBQ recipe. He never met a stranger and was a trusted friend to many from the "ornament group" of yesteryear to his work out buddies / breakfast club of today. Frank and Sharon's home was a preferred destination for countless gatherings of not only their family and friends, but also the girls. A definitive host, Frank's warm smile and generous ways will be missed. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial gifts be made in Frank's name to De LaSalle Education Center or St. Paul's Episcopal Day School.

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Published by Kansas City Star on Dec. 20, 2020.
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I was privileged to know Francis (Frank) for many years in the Natives Sons. He was always friendly, easy to visit with and I will miss him. May God Bless.
Joe H Vaughan
December 23, 2020
I had the privilege of knowing Francis in the 60's. In that brief time he had a very positive impact on me. I think I am better for knowing him and I know that if I had had more time with him I would have been that much better for it! I am glad to have had him in my life and only regret that I lost touch with him. I believe that everyone he was in contact with was the better for it. That positive influence will extend for generations to come. His family is blessed to have had the time with him. My condolences to all of his family. I am sorry for the great loss to us all.
Michael M Miller
December 23, 2020
Frank was such a good friend all these years. I will miss his kind words, smile, advice and lunch at the KC CLUB, 1212, 611. Wise Owl Investment and Chappell's. Be strong, be happy and talk to your friends were Frank's rules of life
david wells
December 21, 2020
Frances (Frank), God Rest your soul. So many great memories.
David Gunter
December 20, 2020
Please accept my prayers for Frank and Family.
James Wolf
December 20, 2020
Frank and I shared many vacations together during our single life days ..I remember the one to the World´s Fair in Canada.. We also went on a gambling trip to Los Vegas...had a great time.. Frank was a big part of my growing up years..I will always remember him and his family..
Carey Ruder
December 19, 2020
Phillip M and Mary C Schroeger
December 19, 2020
We offer our prayers at our next memorial mass in April, for the Franke family. We we're very grateful to Frank for being the DLS alumni CPA and keeping our taxes in order for so many years. From all of us Brothers Boys our condolences. Live Jesus in our hearts - forever
John L Delgado '63' & The De La Salle Christian Brothers Board of Director
December 19, 2020