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Orville Herman Franke


Orville Herman Franke, 92, of Rural Litchfield, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.

He was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Rural Litchfield, to Herman Arno Franke and Clara Marie Boehme Franke.

He married Bernean Ida Bentlage Franke on June 12, 1955 in New Douglas.  She preceded him in death on July 10, 2022.

Orville was a farmer.

He was a veteran of the US Army after having served during Korea.

Orville was a member of the 4H growing up.

He was a golden glove boxer heavyweight division.

Orville was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church where he was a board member and a choir member and taught Bible classes, Bethel Series.

Orville served on the Macoupin Co Farm Bureau Board.

He enjoyed gardening, pinochle and telling stories.

He is survived by his children, De Ann (David) Park of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Carl (Sandy) Franke of Jamestown, ND, Jenean Galvan of Des Moines, IA, Glen (Shelle) Franke of Hoopeston, Mary (Brad) Weidner of Bunker Hill, Sara (Matt) Harbaugh of Oak Harbor, WA; grandchildren, Ben (Jennifer) Park, Neil Park (significant other, Victoria Gates), Kurt (Tara) Franke, Scott (Sam) Franke, Jay (Shelby) Franke, Zachary Simmons, Marc Simmons, Andrew (Katy) Franke, Kelsey (Justin) Halikias, Will Franke, Megan (Trevor) Hebert, Steven Weidner, Matthew Weidner, Mariah Harbaugh, Sadie Harbaugh; great-grandchildren, Grant Park, Grayson Park, Hunter Franke, Sawyer Franke and sister, Geneva Armour of Carlinville.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents; spouse; son in law, Ron Galvan; sister, Orlean Hosto; brothers in law, Gilbert Hosto, Wendell Armour.

Visitation was on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 at  Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie.  Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gillespie.  Burial was at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Litchfield.

Memorials are suggested to Partnership For Educational Excellence District 7, Gillespie – Benld Area Ambulance Service, Gillespie Chapter FFA.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.