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Otto Konrad Friederich Franke

November 26, 1934 ~ June 09, 2020

Otto Konrad Friederich Franke, 85, of Vero Beach Florida, died on June 9 2020. He was a resident of Palm Garden in Vero Beach. Otto passed at the Cleveland Clinic, Indian River Hospital from complications to sepsis. Otto was the second child born to Else (Becker) and Otto Franke on November 26, 1934 in Wuppertal, Germany. Although he and his sister were children of a war-ravaged city, they managed to have fun in the hills and forests of Wuppertal. Otto was an avid and talented soccer player, and along with his best friend and goalie, Horst (Monika) Homm, managed to win many soccer titles. He loved cars and tools and learned to be a car mechanic and was a great do-it-yourselfer. Otto immigrated to the US in 1956, and came to Center Line, Michigan. He worked with Ziebart and married Barbara Tollmann in May of 1958. They had 2 children, Barbara and Walter. Otto and his wife began Center Line Industrial Supply and sold precision tooling. He moonlighted as a bartender at the Bavarian Inn in Detroit to help make ends meet. Otto spent a lot of time in ice rinks where he enjoyed watching his daughter figure skate. He became very involved in his son’s hockey teams and enjoyed the travel, camaraderie and friendships that brought to the family. Otto became an accomplished tennis player and had many good matches with his friend John (Gabi) Dodd. It was a proud day in 1976 when he earned his American citizenship, and later on that year received the German-American of the year award. Upon retirement he moved to Jensen Beach, Florida, and married Rose Grochowski, who preceded him in death. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren Josef W. Kolling (dod 2/22/2014), Christina (Adam) Carlson, Connor Franke, Colton Franke, Cara Franke & Caleb Franke and 2 great-grandsons, all who received their first soccer balls from him. He leaves behind his daughter, Barbara (Josef) Kolling, and son, Walter (Jana) Franke, and their families, his sister Elsa (Manfred) Marks, nephew Bernd (Andrea) Marks and dear friend and advocate Wilma “Bubs” Baird.


Horst Homm and family

June 13, 2020, 5:32 pm

Was man tief in seinem Herzen besitzt,
kann man nicht durch den Tod verlieren.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In Erinnerung an eine schöne Jugendzeit mit
Otto und an eine tolle USA-Reise,
sprechen wir unser Beileid aus.

Horst Homm mit Monika,
Andreas mit Martina,
und Kinder.

(What you have deep in your heart
you cannot lose through death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In memory of a nice youth with
Otto and a great trip to the USA,
we offer our condolences.

Horst Homm with Monika,
Andreas with Martina,
and children.)

Elsa Marks

June 14, 2020, 10:05 am

A voice that was familiar to us is silent.
A person who was dear to us left.
What remains is love, thanks and remembrance.

Elsa und Manfred

Kyle Gulick

June 15, 2020, 9:11 pm

Barbara, Joe, Walt, Jana and families.

So very sorry to hear of your families loss. I am sure there are no words to express my heartfelt sympathy. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.
Dan and Kyle Gulick

Trina Taylor

June 15, 2020, 10:19 pm

Barbara, Walt and family.
My heart aches for you and the family and I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you know we share in your sadness and will
Keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
I can still here his voice in my head and loved his spirit he will be dearly missed.

Where lives pass, memories Carry on forever!

Love Jack, Tony and Trina

Bernd Marks

June 18, 2020, 9:45 am

About 35 years ago I visited Otto twice in the USA and was able to get to know him and his family.
We always had a good time together.
After that I was in Florida with my wife Andrea in April 2009. At the beginning of the holiday we spent a few very nice days with Otto and Rose.

It’s never the right time, it’s never the right day, it’s never said it all, it’s always too early!
And yet there are memories, thoughts, feelings, beautiful hours, simply moments that remain unique and unforgettable.
These moments have to get catched, captured and kept in the heart.

Andrea Link and Bernd Marks

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