Robert K. Franks

OCEAN VIEW, Del. – Robert K. Franks, 83, of Ocean View, Del., passed away Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.

Robert was born in Belleville, the son of the late Oscar and Alice Franks.

He graduated from Belleville High and proudly joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. After four years of service, he went to Penn State University, joined Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and graduated.

He married his sweetheart, Dorothy Stone, and worked as an electrical engineer. During his career, he worked for Burroughs, Honeywell and ITTRI.

Robert moved to Annapolis in the early 1960s and worked for Honeywell and ITTRI until retiring. He moved to Canaan Valley, W.Va., then Parkton, Md., and finally to Ocean View, Del., in 2010.

He was a great fan of Penn State football and a sailing and boating enthusiast. Twice he and his wife sailed down the Inter-Coastal waterway to Florida and spent the winter in the Bahamas. He was a former member of the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake.

Robert is survived by: his loving wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Stone) Franks; two sons, Thomas S. Franks, of Ranson, W.Va., and Kirk T. Franks, of Salisbury, Md.; seven grandchildren; and his sister, Mildred Franks Hines.

He was preceded in death by: his sister, Betty Franks Belmont; mother, Alice Bridenstine Franks; father, Oscar Riley Franks; and an infant brother.

Interment and service will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Belleville. The time and date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Community Lutheran Church, 30897 Omar Road, Frankford, DE 19945.

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