Raymond W. “Tink” Franks, 76, of Franks Road, Huntingdon, Barree Township, passed away peacefully at 2:54 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at his residence.
Born Sept. 12, 1942, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late James M. Franks and Elvara Cunningham. He was united in marriage to the former Shelby J. Goss May 31, 1963, at the Mill Creek Methodist Church, by the Rev. Herring. His wife of 55 years survives at their residence.
Mr. Franks is survived by four children, Troy W. Franks and his wife, Christal, Michael B. Franks and his wife, Michele, Polly K. (Franks) Smithmyer and her husband, Matthew, all of Franks Road, Barree Township, and Douglas W. Franks and his wife, Pam, of Huntingdon; seven grandchildren, Matthew Franks and his wife, Sarah, Justin Franks and his companion, Chelsea, Todd Brown and his wife, Amanda, Jordan Franks and his companion, Sierra, Kyle and Alyssa Smithmyer, and Kaitlyn Franks; and six great-grandchildren, Hailey Isenberg, Rhyan and Laney Franks, Caden Spyker, Hailey and Klohie Brown.
He is also survived by a brother, John Franks and his wife, Patty, of Cassville; as well as many extended family members and life-long friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Franks.
Mr. Franks was a member of the Petersburg-Bethel Presbyterian Church, Petersburg.
Immediately following high school, he served in the United States Marine Corps as a heavy equipment operator and was stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He served in the Cuban Missile Crisis and later served in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1965 as a corporal and received the Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and an M-14 Sharpshooter Badge.
Mr. Franks was a member of the Cloyd K. Davis American Legion Post No. 150, Petersburg, the Petersburg and Alexandria volunteer fire companies, the Petersburg Catering Club and a former member of the Shavers Creek Volunteer Fire Co. and a former Barree Township roadmaster.
He attended Petersburg public schools and was a 1961 graduate of Juniata Valley High School.
Mr. Franks was employed by Penelec for 38 years at various places, retiring from their Altoona location as a mechanic in 2005. In addition, Mr. Franks was a farmer for nearly 48 years at his family farm in Barree Township.
He was passionate about farming and providing for his family. He was also an avid hunter and NASCAR fan and loved spending time with and teasing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, at the Petersburg-Bethel Presbyterian Church, 5435 Bethel Road, Petersburg, with the Rev. Tyler L. Downing officiating. Military honors will be accorded at the church immediately following the service. Interment will be made in the Manor Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in remembrance of Mr. Franks may be made to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 Schoolhouse Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652; Twin Creeks Volunteer Ambulance Service, c/o Jess Glenny, 4814 Shavers Creek Road., Petersburg, PA 16669; or to the Shavers Creek Volunteer Fire Co., c/o Dave Smead, 5474 Charter Oak Road, Petersburg, PA 16669.
Services are under the direction of the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, PA 16652.
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