Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 24, 2012

Frederic Keith Franks


TRAVERSE CITY — F. Keith Franks, 85, of Traverse City, died Sunday morning, Oct. 21, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 16, 1927, in South Boardman, he was the son of the late Frederick and Vernice (Sexton) Franks.

Keith was an honorably discharged veteran, who served his country with the United States Army during World War II.

While living in Lowell, he was employed by the Graybar Company in Grand Rapids. After moving to Traverse City, he worked as a manager for Medler Electric Company.

He was a great supporter and excellent role model for his two sons. Keith received great pleasure in watching them participate in their chosen interest of baseball and softball.

His favorite summertime hobby was golfing. Keith along with his wife, Ethel, enjoyed designing and making quilts. They also authored 20 children's books. His memory will be truly cherish through his gift of quilts and books to his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

This private and unassuming man will be fondly remembered for his caring and loving ways.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Ethel Franks; son, Ronald (Debra) Franks, all of Traverse City; sister, Jean Elnick of Warren; Ethel's children, Gary Pittman of Wyoming, Vicki (Richard) Beck of Wyoming, Nancy (George) Evenocheck of Delton and William Pittman of Lakeview; also eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a host of dear friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his son, Larry Franks, who died in 2012; and his first wife, Betty (Christensen) Franks, who died in 1987.

The Franks family will receive friends at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home today, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jeff Goodwin will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at South Boardman Township Cemetery, South Boardman.

In remembrance of Keith, memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home.

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Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.