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“I am so sorry for your loss. I was fortunate enough to see Julian weekly at Turnstone. I loved to hear about his adventures, his flowers, and your...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jodi Intelicato - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry to hear of Julian's passing. I flew with Julian on several occasions over the years. Always the consummate professional with a great sense...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Greg Yonke - Fort Wayne, IN

“I'm so sorry to learn of Julian's death. I remember him fondly from our classes together at Turnstone. Julian had a dry sense of humor which I...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Peg Maginn - FORT WAYNE, IN

“so sorry for your loss.May the memories that fill your heart help to bring you comfort The Franke certainly has a lot of memories Yogie Kritzman...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Helen Kritzman - Fort Wayne, IN

“We have shared many memories with Jule lots of jokes and stories but this man loved his family with his whole heart well miss him may God comfort you...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Fran & Jim Bryan - Grabill, IN

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Carrie Wilson - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Uncle Jule will be so missed in many ways. His kind eyes, warm hugs, great sense of humor :) and love for his family are what I will always remember...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Angela Karapantos - fort wayne, IN


8 of 8 | Posted by: Angela Karapantos - fort wayne, IN


Julian F. Franke III, 78, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital surrounded by family. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he graduated from Central Catholic High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1962. Julian retired in 1985 after 23 years with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, serving as Captain for 14.5 years. He was also the manager with Fire Systems for 10 years, flight instructor for over 40 years, pilot for Britt Air, Chief Flight Instructor for Fort Wayne Air Service, and Flight Instructor for Eastern Cincinnati Aviation. He was a life member of Amateur Radio W9TQA, ARRL, Quarter Century Wireless Association, where he served as President for 2 terms, Fort Wayne Radio Club, and Fort Wayne Fire Department 20 year Club. Julian loved flying, collecting model trains, traveling, Ham Radio, and above all, his family. Surviving are his wife, Rosanne Franke of Roanoke, IN, son, Julian (Mary Beth) Franke, IV of Fishers, IN, son, Bradley (Terri) Frederick of Fort Wayne, IN, daughter, Janette (Chad) Rothgeb of Ossian, IN, son, Kurt (Kyra) Frederick of Fort Wayne, IN, daughter, Rebecca (Frank) Merritt of Yoder, IN, sister, Carol Didier of Fort Wayne, IN, 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 4 step-grandchildren. Julian was preceded in death by parents Julian and Evelyn Franke Jr., and sister, Jane Brown. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am, June 1, 2018 at St. Jude Catholic Church with calling an hour prior. Calling at - D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm with a vigil service at 2:30 pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery , Fort Wayne, Indiana. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Jude Catholic Church or St. Mary's Soup Kitchen or Turnstone Center. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com