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Obituary for Richard N. Franks

Richard N. Franks, 88, of Sun City, AZ and a former longtime Sturgis resident passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
He was born June 13, 1929 in Fort Wayne, IN, son of the late Newell A. Franks and Grace A. (Disler) Franks.
Richard graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1947. He was a veteran in the US Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp La June and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. from 1947-1949.
Richard married Jean P. Long on July 9, 1949. He worked at Burr Oak Tool & Gauge for 49 years with a brief break to work with the Kalamazoo, MI police force while attending Western Michigan University. Richard and Jean also owned Sturgis Library Products.
He was very active with the Boys Scouts in Michigan – even taking his troop to a Jamboree in California, and also with Gideon’s in both Michigan and Arizona, attending different churches and giving lectures. Both he and Jean enjoyed cruises and traveling around the world.
Richard is survived by his three children, Deborah (Vern) Sulcs, Linda Franks, Michael (Rita)Franks; seven grandchildren, Athena (Jeff)Anderson, Diedra (Nick) Fox, Matthew Sulcs, Luke Franks, Vince Franks, Melissa Franks, Michelle (Jamie)Vardaman; eight great grandchildren, Zachary (Bekkah)Lafferty, Autumn (Mark)Sernas, Alex(Susie)Fox, Brooke Fox, Shelby Cantrell, Abigail Anderson, Hunter Anderson, Philip Anderson; three great-great grandchildren, Liam Fox, Veronica Sulcs, and Audrina Sernas.
He was preceded in death by children, Richard Franks, and Janet Franks; brother, Tom Franks.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Monday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 where funeral services celebrating the life of Richard N. Franks will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday. Mr. Larry Wallman will officiate. A graveside committal will follow thwe service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. Full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Marine Corp Honor Guard.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial donations be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1400 W. Milham Ave., Portage, MI 49024.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messwages of support may be left for the family.


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Visitation

Monday

4

Sep

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

114 S. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

Service

Tuesday

5

Sep

11:00 AM
Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

114 S. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

luncheon and time of fellowship

Tuesday

5

Sep

12:00 PM
Sturges Young Auditorium

201 N. Nottawa Street, Sturgis, MI 49091
Sturgis, MI 49091

Luncheon to immediatly follow the cemetery services.

Cemetery Details

Location

Oak Lawn Cemetery

300 E. South St., Sturgis, MI 49091
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

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