Jerry Franke Passes Away at 81

Jerry Franke

Jerry Lloyd Franke of Nampa, Idaho, formerly of Irrigon, entered into his final rest on May 18, 2022 at the age of 81 in Nampa, where he had resided since 2017.

He was born on April 16, 1941 in Bemidji, Minn. to Lloyd and Helen Reinarz Franke.

Jerry attended several elementary schools in Minnesota, Michigan, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. He attended high school in Irrigon, graduating in 1959. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Jerry’s Air Force career lasted 20 years and he retired in 1980. He was stationed in several locations around the world, including Japan, the Philippines, England, Turkey and several bases in the United States.

Jerry married Patricia Fyvie in San Antonio, Texas, where they were both stationed with the U.S. Air Force, on July 2, 1964. They were blessed with two children, Curtis Lloyd and Ramona Lynn; both currently reside in Nampa, Idaho.

After retirement, Jerry worked for several years for the West Extension Irrigation District in Irrigon. He later worked for the Burnt River Irrigation District in Unity.

He is survived by his children, Curtis and Ramona; brother, Richard (Karen) of Hartville, Mo.; sister, Sharon (Jim) of Nampa, Idaho; granddaughter, Trisha of Nampa; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia in 2013; parents, Lloyd and Helen; and his siblings, Joanne, David and Judy.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Burns Mortuary Chapel, 685 W. Hermiston Ave.

Burial with military honors will follow in Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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