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Leland Carl Franke Jr.

May 25, 1948 - March 31, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Leland Carl Franke Jr.

Leland Carl Franke Jr.

Born: May 25, 1948
Died: March 31, 2018
Age: 69

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    Leland Carl Franke Jr., the son of Leland and Agnes (Anderson) Franke was born on May 25, 1948 in Sioux City, IA. His childhood years were spent in the Sioux City area where he attended school and graduated from South Sioux City High School.

     Leland was a true American Patriot and voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps February 21, 1967 and served his country on 3 tours in the Vietnam War. Leland was appointed a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps on September 1, 1969 and would later receive his Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps on February 20, 1973. He then continued to serve his country in the Departments of the Army and Air Force National Guard Bureau for the next 21 years, including 4 years of service in the National Guard before his Honorable Discharge on August 10, 1992. Leland was placed on The Roll of Retired Iowa National Guard Enlisted Personnel on August 11, 1992. Sergeant First Class Leland C. Franke Jr. received a Certificate of Appreciation for his service in the Armed Forces of the United States signed by President George Bush.

    After his many years of service in the military, Leland spent his time working at IPS, Ace Signs, Demco, Schoon Construction, and Milford Cable where he would later retire from. Leland lived in several places in Northwest Iowa before moving to Spencer after marrying JoAnne Johnson Merchant on December 20, 2003. In his spare time, Leland enjoyed working on vehicles, watching westerns, reading, and playing on his computer. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family which included his beloved cats. Leland was known for being a great storyteller which will continue to live on through his family’s memories.

     Leland passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 69. He was preceded in death by his father, Leland Franke and one grandchild, Maxwell Lee Cota.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife JoAnne of Spencer, IA; 10 children, Dayvid (Cynthia) Franke of Zacatecas, MX, Vinsent (Bethanie) Franke of Los Angeles, CA, Samantha (Manuel) Franke-Cano of Los Angeles, CA, Gretchen Franke of Los Angeles, CA, Johann (Carly) Franke of Los Angeles, CA, Corey (Emily) Ainsworth of Omaha, NE, Erice (Tiffany) Franke of Sanborn, IA, Danielle Doran of Spencer, IA, Kara Merchant of Sheldon, IA, Kirsten (Dillon) Schulz of Spencer, IA, 20 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; his mother Agnes Franke of South Sioux City, NE; his brothers, David (Jo) Franke of Martinsburg, NE; Larry (Lynda) Franke of Sioux City, IA; his beloved cats, George and Scooter;  other relatives; and many friends.

     In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Leland's name.
SERVICES
Funeral services will take place 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 7, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Jen Henry
CASKET BEARERS
Dayvid Franke
Vinsent Franke
Johann Franke
Corey Ainsworth
Erice Franke
Manuel Cano
HONORARY CASKETBEAR:
Dillon Schulz
VISITATION
Visitation will take place Friday, April 6, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M.
MUSIC
"Jealous Of The Angels"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"Borning Cry"
"Go Rest High On That Mountain"
INTERMENT
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Condolences

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2:32 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Steve & Barb Meyer
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 3:50 PM
“JoAnne, I was saddened to hear of your loss, keep your memories close to get you thru. God Bless”
- Tom & Marie Johnson
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 12:20 PM
“JoAnne so sorry to hear of your loss! May God wrap his arms around you and help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Becky and Mike Hatting
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:47 AM
“JoAnne, we are so sorry to hear about Leland. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Jim and Janet Keck
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:47 AM
“JoAnne and family, our heart aches for all of you with the loss of Leland. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you find peace in the memories and in knowing that even though he can no longer be with you, he is in no better hands. Hugs to you.”
- Wendy and Doug McMullen
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:46 AM
“Joanne my deepest sympathy to you and the family. May the memories warm your heart and mind to help you through this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers.”
- Jackie Barrett
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 8:29 PM
“Dear Joanne and family,
Our sympathy to you all on the loss of Leland. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers for God's comfort and peace. The one thing I remember most about seeing Leland is that he was always at your side. What a gift.”
- Cheryl Hessenius
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:33 PM
“JoAnne, and family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
- Elizabeth Bohnenkamp
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:33 PM
“To the family of Leland Franke with sincere sympathy for your loss”
- Lyn Long
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:25 PM
“JoAnne and family,
Please accept my sympathy and prayers for your loss. May you find comfort in your family and friends in the difficult days ahead.
- Mari Lu Larson
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:25 PM
“JoAnne, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Laureen Andersen
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:25 PM
“JoAnne my thoughts and prays are with you and your family.”
- Kristi Hoger
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 9:17 AM
“JoAnne and family, my heart breaks for all of you. Know that God's plan was to bring laughter and wit into your lives with Leland; that will not be lost or forgotten. Prayers and tight hugs to you. ”
- Jackie Paulsen
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