Orville Franke

Gillespie | Tuesday, October 18 2022 |

Orville Herman Franke, 92, of Rural Litchfield, IL, died at his residence on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.  He was born November 18, 1929, in Rural Litchfield, IL to Herman Arno Franke & Clara Marie Boehme Franke. 

He married Bernean Ida Bentlage Franke on June 12, 1955 in New Douglas, IL.  She preceded him in death on July 10, 2022. 

He was a farmer.  He was a veteran of the US Army after having served in Korea.  Orville was a member of the 4H growing up.  He was a golden glove boxer heavyweight division.  He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church where he was a board member and a choir member.  He taught Bible classes, Bethel Series.  Orville served on the Macoupin Co Farm Bureau Board.  He enjoyed gardening, pinochle, and telling stories. 

He is survived by his children, De Ann (David) Park of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Carl (Sandy) Franke of Jamestown, ND, Jenean Galvan of Des Moines, IA, Glen (Shelle) Franke of Hoopeston, IL, Mary (Brad) Weidner of Bunker Hill, IL, Sara (Matt) Harbaugh of Oak Harbor, WA, grandchildren, Ben (Jennifer) Park, Neil Park (significant other, Victoria Gates), Kurt (Tara) Franke, Scott (Sam) Franke, Jay (Shelby) Franke, Zachary Simmons, Marc Simmons, Andrew (Katy) Franke, Kelsey (Justin) Halikias, Will Franke, Megan (Trevor) Hebert, Steven Weidner, Matthew Weidner, Mariah Harbaugh, Sadie Harbaugh, great-grandchildren, Grant Park, Grayson Park, Hunter Franke, Sawyer Franke, and sister, Geneva Armour of Carlinville, IL. 

Orville was preceded in death by his parents, spouse, son-in-law, Ron Galvan, sister, Orlean Hosto, and brothers-in-law, Gilbert Hosto, and Wendell Armour. 

Friends may call on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at  Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm.  Funeral services are Monday, October 24, 2022, at 10:00 am a Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gillespie, IL. 

Burial will be at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Litchfield, IL. 

Memorials are suggested to Partnership For Educational Excellence District 7, Gillespie - Benld Area Ambulance Service, Gillespie Chapter FFA.  Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at

  Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL  is in charge of the arrangements.

Obit Provided By:
Kravanya Funeral Home

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