Gary Franks

Gary D. Franks, 71, of Varna, and formerly of Riverside and Aledo, died on Aug. 29, 2022, at home.  

Mr. Franks was born Feb.16, 1951 in Rock Island to Robert “Dean” and Janet (nee Mizner) Franks. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1969 and Illinois State University. On Aug. 19, 1973, he was united in marriage to Alice Appleton in Aledo.

He was self-employed at Bullzi Network.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; his sons, Jeromy (Lindsay) Franks of Wheaton and Joshua (Sharon) Franks of Geneva; his grandchildren, Reece, Brooks, Graham, Gannon and Griffin; his brothers, Larry Franks of Aledo and Todd (Bonnie) Franks of Portland, Oregon; his sisters, Amy (Marty) Barnes of Palm City, Florida; Kim (Bob) Grubbs of Hobe Sound, Florida; and Kelly (Paul) Nolan of Tennessee; his step-mother, Connie (Jesse) Midkiff of Palm City Florida; his brother-in-law, Tom (Helen) Appleton of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Franks was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Glenn and Edith Appleton; stepmother-in-law, Donna Prentiss; brother-in-law, Mark Appleton and sister-in-law, Jenifer Franks.

Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Aledo United Methodist Church. There is no visitation.  Burial will be in the Aledo Cemetery at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Transitions Care, 8914 N. Prairie Point, Peoria, Illinois, 61615 or the Varna Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 271, Varna, Illinois, 61375.  

Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo, handled arrangements.

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