Leroy K. "Roy" Franke

Birth Date: October 12, 1927
Death Date: May 23, 2017
Age at Death: 89
Sex: male
Veteran Of: U.S. Navy


Arle Lucille Smith - June 1, 1951
Stratton, CO

Burial Details

Cemetery Location: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Mortuary Name: Grand Valley Funeral Homes


Grand Junction Daily Sentinel page 7B Death Notice - May 31, 2017
Leroy K. Franke, 89, Grand Junction, died May 23, 2017, in
Grand Junction.
Services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran
He was a business owner.
Survivors include his wife, Arla L.; one son, Russel of Silt; one
daughter, Divian Pierson of Benson, Arizona; three grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions to the Radio Outreach Ministry, Lutheran
School and Church of the Messiah, 840 N. 11th St., Grand Junction
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel page 8A Obituary - June 2, 2017
Leroy Franke
October 12, 1927 - May 23, 2017
Leroy K. “Roy” Franke, beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather, 89, of Grand Junction passed away on May 23, 2017.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 3rd, 2:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church and School of Messiah with Pastor Redeker officiating.
Interment will be arranged at a later date in Glenwood Springs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of the
Radio Outreach Ministry at the Lutheran Church and School of
Arrangements are being handled by Grand Valley Funeral
Homes, Grand Junction, CO.
Roy Franke was born October 12, 1927, in Meade, Kansas, the
son of August and Augusta Franke. His childhood and schooling were in the Meade area and he graduated from Meade High School on May 15, 1947.
Roy served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946,
primarily in the Philippines. He also served in the United States
Naval Air Force Reserves as a flight engineer from 1951 to
1955. On June 1, 1951, Roy married Arla Lucille Smith at the
Evangelical United Brethren Church in Stratton, Colorado. Roy
farmed in Burlington, Colorado and Vanderhoof, Canada,
owned and operated the Franke Implement and Feed Store in
partnership with his brother, Glen Franke, in Glenwood Springs,
worked for the Rio Grande Motorway and Rocky Mountain
Natural Gas Company in Glenwood Springs and Mid Continent
Coal Mine in Redstone. Roy and Arla raised a family in
Burlington and Glenwood Springs and celebrated 66 years of
marriage. In 2001, Roy and Arla retired to the Grand Junction
Survivors include his wife, Arla; a daughter and a son and their
spouses, Divian and Gary Pierson, of Benson Arizona; Russel
and Melinda Franke, of Silt, Colorado; grandchildren, Brian
(Brenda) Pierson, of Vail, Arizona; Justin (Jamie) Pierson, of
Orange, California, and great-grandchild, Brooke Pierson of
Orange, California. Other survivors include numerous nephews,
nieces and cousins and their families. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Franke, Edward Franke and Glen Franke; son, Jerry Dean Franke and his grandson, Rustin
Roy enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing, had a pilot’s
license and enjoyed working on mechanical and engineering


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