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Herman H. Franke

March 1, 1931 ~ February 5, 2019 (age 87)


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Herman H. Franke went home to be with his Lord on February 5, 2019 at the age of 87. Herm was born March 1, 1931, in Kalamazoo, the son of Herman and Bertha (Meninga) Franke. He was a lifelong area resident and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951-53. For over 50 years, Herm worked as an electrician with Walters Electric and later with VanDam & Kruisinga. He was a former member of the Portage Reformed Church where he had served as a deacon and currently a member of the Covenant United Reformed Church where he had served as an elder.

Family was a very important part of Herm's life. On September 24, 1954, he was united in marriage to Janet (Bouma) Franke, who survives. Also surviving are their three daughters and spouses, Lynn (Jeff) Osterhouse, Barb (Bob) Razenberg, Cheryl (Ty) VerMeulen; grandchildren, Andrea (Chris) Blodgett, Kelli (Joshua) Douglas, Brandon (Ariel) Osterhouse, Zachery (Megan) Razenberg, McKena Razenberg, Tara Razenberg, Tyler (Aubry) VerMeulen, Samuel (Hanna) VerMeulen, Jacob VerMeulen; great-grandchildren Addison, Alexis & Andrew Blodgett, Jordyn & Jackson Douglas, and Baby VerMeulen arriving in July 2019; in-laws, Mary Franke, Dorothy (John) Balkema, Beverly (Paul) Mepyans, Mick Bouma; nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00PM on Thursday, February 7th at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave. The funeral service will be held at 10:30AM on Friday, February 8th at the Covenant United Reformed Church (3724 Lovers Lane) with Pastor Phil Vos officiating. A private family committal with full military honors will be held in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorials in Herm's memory may be directed to Kalamazoo Christian School Association, or Park Village Pines. Please visit Herm's personalized web page and guest book at

Donations may be made to:

Kalamazoo Christian School Association
2121 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo MI 49008
Tel: 2693812044

Park Village Pines
2920 Crystal Lane, Kalamazoo MI 49009
Tel: 2693721928

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