William "Bill" J. Franke

July 7, 1931February 6, 2018
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William "Bill" J. Franke, 86, of Angola (Lake James), formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Bill was the owner and operator of Franke Plating Inc. for more than 35 years after retiring in 1995. Bill was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Jesters, Angola Elks, TPA, Indiana Association of Metal Finishers, National Association of Metal Finishers, ASM Material Education Foundation, AES Foundation, and Trinity English Lutheran Church. He also attended Purdue University.

Surviving are his four sons, Wesley Franke of Angola, Wade (Karen) Franke of Fort Wayne, Wynn (Nicholette (deceased)) Franke of New Caney,Texas and Warren (Lisa) Franke of Roanoke; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one on the way; and sister, Helen E. Cunningham of Tempe, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia M. Franke; daughter, Kellie Marie Franke; and son, William Jeff Franke.

Memorial service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 W. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne (IN 46802), with calling one hour prior to service. The Rev. Dr. Kathleen W. Haller officiating. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Preferred memorials to Trinity English Lutheran Church or Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa (FL 33607)


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 28, 2018

William "Bill" J. Franke

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March 3, 2018

The William J. Franke Family:

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother and Father.

God's Blessings to the Franke family.


Mr. and Mrs. William C. Phillips
Members, Trinity English Lutheran Church
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Dana Franke

February 26, 2018

Fondly remembering my father-out-law's open heart and house, graciously sharing his "beautiful sunny Lake James" world with family and friends and their families and friends! With and without the best ma-out-law-in-the-world Pat, everlasting memories were made to help his beautiful family and many friends smile through tears of sorrow.

February 24, 2018


Gregg Schnelker

February 21, 2018

Wes, so sorry for your loss, your dad always treated me great at the lake back in the 70's . I think he had the first snowmobile that had a reverse lever in the Ski-Doo. GREAT TIMES! , thoughts and prayers.

David Diehl

February 20, 2018

We are all saddened to hear of Bill's passing here @ Dupont Family Dentistry. He was a long time patient going back to Dr. Jim Platt's original practice.
He will be dearly missed. Always had a smile and a joke to share. He kept his spirits up in his challenging later years and was an inspiration to everyone.
God bless you Bill!

Linda Hedrick

February 12, 2018

When I worked for a home health care company, I was able to spend many many days with Bill. He was a good man. He liked to give me a hard time, and liked it when I gave it right back to him. We enjoyed getting pedicures and taking walks, well, I would walk and he would ride and yell at me to catch up. We had many good times together. He will be missed.

Lisa Waterman

February 12, 2018

Wes, Wynn, Warren, Wade,Lisa and Karen, (and grandchildren)

I am so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Although we stopped working together several years ago, I cannot say I stopped thinking about Bill. He and I had a special relationship where we enjoyed each other's company -- outside of the business aspect. Obviously our relationship often involved discussions about all of you and his hopes and dreams for you. Know that he loved each of you dearly and treasured his family immensely. I was just thinking of stopping by to see him and catch up. It shows, you shouldn't put off things tomorrow that you can do today. Know I'm praying for all of you. May God bring you comfort in your sorrow.

Lisa Waterman

February 11, 2018

Warren, Lisa and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was such a nice man. We will keep you in our prayers.
Love you,
Mike, Patty McGrew and family

February 11, 2018

Jack & Sandy Ternet, Sorry for your loss.

February 11, 2018

Wade and Karen thinking about you, you and your family have our condolences.
Uncle Marvin and Susan