Kenneth Dean Franks

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, April 29, 1936
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Kenneth Dean Franks, 84, of Wooster died on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.

He was born April 29, 1936 in Wayne County to Donald O. and E. Maxine Ickes Franks. 

Kenneth was a 1954 graduate of Northwestern High School where he was a FFA State Farmer in 1953 and 1954.  He had worked for Jones Construction for over 47 years in plant operations and had previously worked for PCS CCR Sand and Gravel.  He was owner and operator of Ken Franks Electrical Services and part owner of KDK Farms for the last 32 years.  He was a member of the Wooster United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his children Debra (Gregg) Franks Beck of IN and Kerry (Jeanne) Franks of MI; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and his special friend Carol McConnell of Massillon.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, first wife of 29 years M. Joanne Varns Franks in 1985, second wife of 2 years Georgette L. Tonn Franks in 2009, brother Larry Franks and sister Karen Franks.

Private family services will be held.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

The family would like to give special thanks to the incredible care giving men and women of Home Instead Senior Care of Massillon and the staffs of Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare and the Buehler Inpatient Pavilion in Wooster.

Contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

“I lift my eyes up to the mountains-Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1, 2

“It’s just over the next ridge…”

For those who wish to share a fond memory of Ken they may be emailed to kdfhill@aol.com or may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

 

Memorial Contributions: 

American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406

Service: 

Private family services will be held

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I am so sorry to hear of the loss of my very good friend and neighbor kenny. He was always willing to help anyone who needed help. Rest easy now my friend ,you are no longer in pain now.Thank you for all the good memories of working with the buffalo through the years.Praying for the family through this difficult time.

My deepest condolences to the family. I worked with Kenny at Jones for 10 years. My wife and I really enjoyed seeing his buffalo along Flickinger Hill. He will be greatly missed. Prayers and positive thoughts to the family during this time.

Ken has been a good friend since the 70's, when we first met him & his family. He was always supportive, providing friendship and always willing to provide any assistance he felt would benefit his friends. Together, we enjoyed many dining experiences, as well as vacation time together. We are deeply sorrowful to learn of his passing. RIP, good friend.

We have fond memories of Ken as a classmate at NW School. Always enjoyed seeing him at our gatherings and reunions.
Our sympathies to his family. From the classmates of Class of NW 54!

I knew Ken when he worked at Jones but then ran into him and his family in the past couple years at the clinic where I work. He was such an amazingly kind man, and I just loved seeing him and his family because they are so sincere and kind. I miss the buffaloes and how he shared them with anyone. You couldn’t ask for a more down to earth and selfless persons out there. My deepest sympathies to his entire family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

My family,
I was saddened to hear the news of my sweet uncle’s passing. May he rest in eternal peace. When I would see him in town, his disposition would pull you right in. How he reminded me of my dad! It was a connection I did not take for granted. Always enjoyed seeing the buffalo and getting together for holidays as a kid at your house. And who can forget the player piano? Uncle Kenny, you will be missed.

So sorry for your Dads passing. Spent many enjoyable times with your Mom and Dad on the "Hill". R.I.P. Kenny.

Only got to know Kenneth in the last few years and had pleasant dealings. Very class guy! Prayers and condolences to the family.

I have lovely memories of your Father and his very gentle personality. I wish you all Gods grace as you walk this path without him in your lives ~

I am very sorry to hear about Uncle Kenny; I had not known he was ill. Our paths had not crossed since the late 1980s until a couple years ago. I am glad that he was able to keep Grandpa Varns' buffalo herd going for so long, so his side of Flickinger Hill (with the “Franks Chateau” sign) still looks like it did when I was a boy 50 years ago. His photo above makes me chuckle: Kenny and my dad (Terry Drushel) both had that permed hairdo at one point. My sincere condolences to Cousins Deb and Kerry for their loss.

My condolences to my cousins Deb, Kerry, and their families. I hadn't seen Uncle Kenny for a few years. I think the last time was when he was driving his pickup and making a left onto Milltown heading east. He was on a mission. He was a nice guy and had cool things like the buffalo and the player piano. I will miss him.

My condolences to my cousins Deb, Kerry, and their families. I hadn't seen Uncle Kenny for a few years. I think the last time was when he was driving his pickup and making a left onto Milltown heading east. He was on a mission. He was a nice guy and had cool things like the buffalo and the player piano. I will miss him.

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