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William Franke


June 25, 1940 - September 13, 2023

Bradenton, Florida - William "Bill" Franke Jr. (06/25/1940 - 09/13/2023)

Bill was born on June 25, 1940, to Helen and Bill Franke Sr. in Boston, MA. Surrounded by his loving family, Bill passed away due to a Covid related illness on September 13, 2023.

A proud veteran of the United States Air Force, Bill served his country with honor, stationed in Hawaii, Vietnam, Utah, and Turkey. Years later he earned a national award for his work with Disabled American Veterans. His educational pursuits took him to Suffolk University, Boston; University of Hawaii; Framingham State College; and ultimately, he earned a degree in Business Management from Newbury College in Brookline, MA.

Bill played semi-professional hockey and passed on his love for the game to his children and grandchildren. Bill's love for sports extended far beyond the rink, as he loved most sports. He also enjoyed playing softball and golf. He coached, not only his own children, but others within the community through youth soccer and Little League baseball.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joan, and their six children: David Berger of Franklin, MA; Ina Moriggi (Steve); Mary Berry Wolfe (John); Donna Lofthouse (Dan) of Bradenton, FL; Susan Berger of Summerfield, FL; John Franke (Stephanie) of Arlington, VA; ten grandchildren and one great-grandson

Per his request no service was held. He was interred at the Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota FL. Contributions may be made to any Animal Shelter.

Bill Franke was "Loved by all".