Official Obituary of

Manfred R. (Skip) Franke

August 18, 1941 ~ March 25, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Manfred (Skip) Franke Obituary

Manfred R. (Skip) Franke, 82, Fairland, IN passed away on March 25, 2024 in Greenfield, IN. He was born on August 18, 1941 in Indianapolis, IN and grew up in Spring Lake in Hancock County, Indiana.

Survivors include wife of 44 years, Janette S. Franke (Bryant). Children: Linda (Butch) Roberts, Karen Franke-Chaney, Erich Franke, Jennifer (Kevin) McCormick. Step Children: Ron (Vanessa) Earl, Marcia (Mark) Cooper, Kevin (Angie) Earl, John Thompson; 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. 

Preceded in death by parents, Harry & Maria Franke; grandparents, Henry & Mary Franke.

Manfred was a 1959 graduate of New Palestine High school and went on to graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1963 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He was an amateur radio operator for 69 years (W9YSX) along with being an avid runner who participated in first 5 Indianapolis Mini Marathons. He would fly radio controlled airplanes in his free time and spend time with his children, grandchildren, and pets who were his pride and joy in his life.

Celebration of Life will be April 20, 2024 at The Fountain Church, 797 W Brookville Rd, Fountaintown, IN 46130 with visitation from 12:00AM until the time of service at 2:00PM. Officiating will be pastor Scott Wheatley.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana, 50 91st St #100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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April 20, 2024

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Celebration of Life Service
April 20, 2024

2:00 PM


Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana
50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis IN 46209-4830
Tel: 1-317-575-9620


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