Mr. Franke retired as a clerk with the United States Post Office. Ralph was a member of the American Postal Workers Union, the Belleville Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, and Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois. He was a parishoner of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.
He was preceded in death by his wife, of 45 years, Arlette, nee Wylie, Franke, who died May, 8, 2017; his parents, Charles and Clara Franke; a brother, Charles Franke; a sister, Dorothy Becherer; and his grandson, Jonathan Wylie.
Surviving are one son, Blaine (Denise) Wylie of Belleville, IL;
three daughters, Jacquie (Steve) Junker of Belleville, IL, Arlette Peters of Belleville, IL, and Linda (Kevin) Endres of Nashville, TN;
eight grandchildren, Joe Wylie of Belleville, IL, Jill (Mike) Sweeny of Red Bud, IL, Becky Karter of Belleville, IL, Liz Wylie of Belleville, IL, Cory (Kali) Junker of South Carolina, Andrew (Tracey) Junker of Arizona, Nicole (Phil) Berron of Swansea, IL, Tom Peters of Freeburg, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thanks to staff at Bradford Place Assisted Living, to Vitas Hospice, and Tracy and Inez at Southwestern Illinois VNA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Backstoppers. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Friday February 4, 2022, at George Renner & Son’s Funeral Home Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Friday, February 4, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.
Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.