In Memory of

Iris June Franker

June 28, 1929 - February 18, 2021
From: Ankeny, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Iris June Franker

Iris June Franker

Born: June 28, 1929
Died: February 18, 2021
Age: 91

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Iris June Franker, the daughter of Eibe and Alma Hansen Wilken, was born June 28, 1929 in Dickinson County, Iowa.  Iris was raised on a farm south of Rossie and graduated from the Cornell High School.  She then attended business school in Omaha, NE.

     Iris married Robert Ray Franker on November 7, 1948 at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids, IA.  After their marriage, they continued to live in Royal.  Iris was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Legion Auxiliary in Royal.  Bob and Iris moved to Spencer and became members of Christ The King Lutheran Church.  She also volunteered at the Spencer Hospital and as a Hospice worker.  She was a faithful wife, mother, and loving grandmother.

     Iris passed away at Millpond Retirement Community in Ankeny, IA on February 18, 2021 at the age of 91.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; son, Kevin and her daughter-in-law, Michelle;  3 sisters; one in infancy and Mary Sundberg and Doris Jespersen.

     Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Michael Franker and Lisa (Kevin) Baker; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley Fredericks; and a host of family and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School or Christ The King Lutheran Church.
Rev. Michael McGinley
Congregational Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“Mike, Lisa and families. Thoughts of Iris bring a smile to my face. It was a joy to be in her presence. I can hear that laugh of hers now! I pray for God to give you comfort in your days ahead. May memories of your Mom sustain you. ”
- Annie Tewes DeBoer
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:38 AM
“Mike and Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in prayer at this sad time. I have many great memories of of Bob and Iris.”
- Karen Kriz
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“Sorry to hear about Iriis. Sympathy to her family.”
- Jim & Pat Hynes
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:33 AM
“What a lady!One of her favorite lines was,"its amazing who you see when you don't have a gun. Rest in peace Iris.”
- Douglas
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:32 AM
“Your mother was my 4-H leader and I spent many hours at their house in Royal sanding and more sanding to refinish this dresser for my fair project. And many hours were spent with Bob and Iris as we attended in Royal Trinity together. After both families moved to Spencer then we would meet each other walking the streets or the mall. Such good memories”
- Shirley & Marion Roghair
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:32 AM
“We were Sorry to hear of the loss of Iris. She and Bob were wonderful friends of our family for many years. Chuck and Iris had lots of good jokes and laughs about their days at Cornell School. We have great memories. Sending our Love and Sympathy. Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur Milford IA ”
- Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:32 AM
“Iris and Bob were part of the fixtures of our youth growing up in Royal! Iris always had that great smile ready when she met you . May the love and care of family and friends, your faith in a loving God and memories of good times shared lift and support you in this difficult time. ”
- David and Jane Kruse
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:32 AM
“Lisa, Micheal and all of Iris’s family, we are so sorry for your loss. Iris will live forever in our hearts, and memories of her will always bring a smile. Her wonderful laugh, generosity, amazing zest for life and love she shared, were such a blessing for my brothers and I and our families from our childhood on. We will miss her, but know she is at peace with her beloved, Bob. Thank you for sharing your mom with us. ”
- Susan Sundberg, Ryan Moses and family
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 4:45 PM
“Mike and Lisa, know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Many memories of your Mom from vacations at Lazy Lagoon, what good times we all had. She was a very special lady! Condolences,Cindy”
- Cindy Langenfeld
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:30 AM
“I have so many great memories of Iris & the family! One of my favorites was when Bob & Iris stayed overnight after dance with our parents & Iris was singing “Please Release Me, Let Me Go” as she came downstairs to the kitchen in the morning 😅 she always had us laughing!!! Thinking of you all 💛 ”
- Lonna (Steinbeck) and Terry Boltjes
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“Sorry to hear for the loss of Iris, she was a great friend.”
- Melva and Dennis Koenig
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“Mike, Lisa and family what joy just thinking of Iris brings my heart! So thankful to have known such a wonderful couple. Prayers for peace to you all. Love, Angie”
- Angie Hagedorn
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:15 PM
“Dear Family,
Sorry to hear of the passing away of Iris..I always like to see her out and about.. always a very friendly smile.
We have missed Iris and Bob the last few years. Now they will be together once again.
RIP sweet lady.
- Jackie Mann
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:15 PM
“Oh what a contagious laugh Iris had... it brought joy just hearing it! Your precious mom will be missed and fondly remembered by many, including me. May God bless and keep you at this tender time. With deep sympathy...”
- Marcia Steffen
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:59 PM
“So sorry to hear of Iris' passing. She and Bob were friends of our parents and she sold encyclopedias to me when I was a librarian. They were good people. Rest in peace Iris.”
- Shirley Selzer
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:54 PM
“So sorry for you loss. Many great memories of of Bob and Iris. ”
- Josh and Kris Hagedorn
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:58 PM
“Am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Mother. They were neighbors for years. Enjoyed them always. My deepest sympathy. ”
- Paula Tewes
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:07 PM
“Bob and Iris were are next door neighbors for many years. We cherished and admired there love, and respect for one another. They always had a big hug to give to our children, and many great conversations to share with us. We will miss them so, but they are now together once again..With love, Mark and Heather, Noah ,Chloe, Saddie Kahley Family”
- Heather Kahley
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