Loren Everett Franke

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Loren Everett Franke

May 03, 1929 - October 03, 2018

The funeral service for Loren Everett Franke, 89-year-old former Enid resident, will be 1:30 PM Monday, October 8, 2018, in the Henninger-Hinson Chapel. Rev. Gary Lillie officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Loren was born May 3, 1929, in Enid to Elmer and Hazel (Hasbrook) Franke and died Wednesday, October 3, 2018, in Terrell, Texas. He attended local schools and graduated from Enid High with the class of 1947. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and his unit was deployed to Korea. After Korea, on June 21, 1953, he married Jo Ann Biggs in St. Luke's Methodist Church. The family made their home in Enid. Loren worked at the Champlin Refinery.
He continued with his National Guard Service for another 20 years and was the Unit Commander of the Enid National Guard 189th Field Artillery. They moved to Corpus Christi in 1975 for Loren's work. They retired to Colorado in 1994.
He was a member of the Bethel Hawley Church. He enjoyed woodworking and as his college degree was in Geology he was interested in many facets...including panning for gold.
He is survived by his wife Jo Ann of Fort Garland, CO.; his three children, David Franke and wife Debbie of Austin, TX, Valorie Franke of Fort Garland, CO, and Bronwyn Gogia and husband John of Naples, Fla.; 8 grandchildren: David, Candice, Megan, Melissa, Hillary, Sarah, Bailey, and Kasey; 7 great-grandchildren; one brother Nate; and a sister Peggy. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Cynthia Sue Franke, his brother Walter and sister Maida.
Memorials may be made through Henninger-Hinson to the Sierra Grande High School in Fort Garland.
Published on October 6, 2018
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Tim Schwartz
Oct 14, 2018
Jo Ann, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have found memories of Loren and the Forbes Park picnics we attended. Love to you, Tim
Gay Kohl
Oct 12, 2018
So sad to hear of Loren's passing. Rob and I so enjoyed all of our times spent with him. Our heartfelt sympathies to Jo Ann and all of the family.
Francie & Chuck Hall
Oct 11, 2018
JoAnn and family, we are so sorry to hear of Loren's passing. You are two of the first people we met when we first visited Forbes Park. You were both so gracious and helpful. And, we so enjoyed your Fourth of July picnics. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Dale & Karen McCaslin
Oct 09, 2018
We were very sorry to hear about Loren’s passing. May the Lord give you peace in knowing he is with loved ones and you will be reunited again. Loren was a great and wonderful man.
Theresa Sanders
Oct 09, 2018
JoAnn & Valorie,
It was with great sadness that I read the notification from Forbes Park office. My heart and my prayers are with all your family...you are such dear FLOP sisters....
With deepest sympathies...
1121 Marriott Circle
Harold & Ann Beck
Oct 09, 2018
JoAnn, Ann & I are sad to here of Loren’s passing. He was always so friendly & caring. You two contributed so much to Forbes Park that was greatly appreciated. May God bless you & your family!
Louis and Mary Starz
Oct 09, 2018
Joanne, we are deeply sorry for your loss. We did not know Loren for very long, but he was a wonderful and kind friend. May Our Lord’s love enfold all of you and welcome Loren home.
Fred and Mary Garcia
Oct 08, 2018
Our condolences to your family. We enjoyed sharing Geology stories as our son and daughter in law are geologist as well.
Skip and Sue Bunn
Oct 08, 2018
We are very sorry to hear about Loren. Loren did so much to help out anyone in Forbes Park who was in need of help. He was such a wonderful and helpful person. We will miss playing poker with Loren on Friday afternoons during the summer time. Our prayers for the family.
Jack and Betty Stivers
Oct 08, 2018
Dear Joanne and family, we’re so sorry to hear that Loren has passed. We remember how you and Loren accepted us into the community when we didn’t know anyone. Many Blessings to you Always.
Jack and Gerri Nickel
Oct 08, 2018
Loren was always friendly and had a smile on his face. We will miss him. Jo Ann and Valorie, we are thankful to hear you will be returning to Forbes Park. Our prayers are with the family.
Manuel and Merlinda Marquez
Oct 08, 2018
Jo Ann, We were sorry to hear of your great loss and hope the great memories you had with Loren will help during this sad time.
Bob and Lea Price
Oct 08, 2018
Dear Joann, Valerie and family,
We are so sorry to read of Lauren's death. We are proud to have known him as a neighbor and friend and will always remember the July 4th picnics and Lauren's warm smile. We are keeping all of you in our prayers.
God's blessings, Bob and Lea
Monica and Felix
Oct 08, 2018
Dearest Joanne,

You are in our hearts, thoughts and in our prayers.

We are so sorry for such a great loss of a husband, father and friend to so many. Sincere condolences to your children.

We are so grateful and fortunate to have met Loren several years ago enabling us to get to know him. Felix enjoyed all his conversations with Loren and enjoyed his company --- Loren had so many interesting stories to tell of his lifetime experiences.

Loren will be missed at our Wednesday meals together with our Forbes Park Family.
Jan Dosier, Golden Oaks Village. C310
Oct 07, 2018
Jo Ann, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time in the loss of Loren. I know the many memories of your life together will sustain you in strength, courage, and comfort.
Love and blessings, Friend, Jan Dosier