Howard T. Franks

howard franks
Howard went home July 24, 2012. He was born in Keighley, KS to Howard and Tressie Franks on March 23, 1931. He spent his early years in KS working various farms and more importantly confessing Jesus and his Lord and Savior. At 13, he moved to El Paso where he worked for the telephone company and American Airlines. In 1951, he joined the US Air Force and served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Master Sergeant, having served for more than 30 years. He also worked and retired from the civil service. His sense of humor, love of God, family people, country, planes, motorcycles, RV's and travel were the hallmarks of his life. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Mullinex Franks. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Magness Franks; son, William (Ellen) Franks; daughter, Chief Susan Franks (USN Ret.), daughter, Janet (Shannon) Bachman; grandchildren, Rachel, Juliana, Taylor, Kate Lynn; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Christian; and sister, Faye Dominy. A celebration of his life and home-going will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Country Church, Marion, TX or a charity of one's choice.

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  1. Ruth & Family – My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. I know that Howard and my Dad (Rick) will be great friends again and probably putting a car together now. Let God lighten your load and don’t be sad – just know Howard is not in pain any longer.

  2. Ruth: So Sorry. Howard was a great friend and made everyone feel important. We will miss him. Paul and Betty Andreas

  3. RUTH, my sincere condolences for your loss. I have missed Howards ” fly-overs” in his glider and the tipping of his wings as I waved. My prayers are for Our Lord to hug you tight and give you peace.

  4. Ruth & Family, We were very sad and sorry to hear about Howard. We will keep you in our prayers. Please stay in touch.

  5. Ruth and family, we are deeply sadden to hear of the passing of Howard. I loved his sense of humor. May God Bless.

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