Funeral services for Max C.
Franke, Jr., 85, of Industry were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14
at the Industry United Methodist Church with Reverend Patricia
Interment followed in the church cemetery. Visitation was held at 2
p.m. Friday at the Zaskoda Chapel in Industry where the family
received friends at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Mr. Franke was in state at the church at 3 p.m. until service time
Mr. Franke was born May 2, 1918, in New Ulm, to Max Franke, Sr. and
Emma Bollmann Franke. He was baptized and confirmed at the Industry
United Methodist Church where he remained a member until his death.
Max and all four of his brothers served their country during World
He served in the U.S. Army, primarily in the
Pacific Theatre from 1942 until 1945. It was rare for five brothers
to serve in the U.S. Military at the same time and on one occasion,
he and his brother, Roy, accidentally met in the Philippines.
Funeral arrangements by Koenig & Strickland in La Grange.
On Dec. 8, 1949, he married Mildred Mary Eckermann at the Industry
United Methodist Church. While the Lord did not bless the couple
with children, Max and Mildred shared their love of children by
entertaining them at family gatherings and special occasions. On
Halloween and birthdays, Max would take the children for a ride in
his pasture on the back of his pick-up truck. He even had a special
place in his pasture for old license plates and cattle skulls which
he enjoyed showing to the children.
Mr. Franke worked for the Old Famerıs Co-op in Industry for fourteen
years and then was employed at Brenham Wholesale for 26 years until
his retirement. After retirement, Max and Mildred continued living
on the ³old home place² where he spent many hours caring for his
cattle and dogs. He also enjoyed gathering pecans at the farm,
playing dominos on Saturday afternoons and fishing.
Mr. Franke passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 12, 2004, in the
Brenham Rest Home at the age of 85 years, 9 months and 10 days.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife on July 19, 1990;
brothers, Milton and Wilburn Franke; infant sister, Roxie Frankie
and sister, Maynola Mueller.
Survivors include two brothers, Roy Franke of Pampa and Ralph Franke
Killeen; one sister, Beatrice Hufstetler of Bay City and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Industry United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers were Michael (Mike) Mueller, Robert W. Mueller, Harold
G. Mueller, Ray Hallford, Eugene (Bert) Hall, Eddie Eckermann, Dana
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