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Alvin Franks

March 28, 1933 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Alvin Franks Obituary

Alvin Franks - age 90 of Gallatin, MO passed away Tuesday evening, February 20, 2024, at Daviess County Nursing & Rehab in Gallatin. Alvin was born on March 28, 1933, the son of Charles and Vernice (Dunnington) Franks on the family farm in Daviess County, MO. He attended Madison Country School in Sheridan Township from the 1st grade to 8th grade and then he graduated from Gallatin High School in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957 during the Korean Conflict as a mechanic and hydraulic specialist.  He married Maxine Terry on May 1st, 1959, at the First Baptist Church in Gallatin. Alvin worked for Lial Dowell from 1959 to 1964, Thompson Implement from 1964 to 1965 and Tate Motor Company from 1966 to 1978 as a mechanic. Alvin then started his employment with Longwood Furnace Corp. in 1978 and retired as a tool and die maker for Landmark Manufacturing, formally known as Longwood Furnace Corp. In his retirement years he operated the road grader for Sheridan Township until he was 82 years old. Alvin was affectionately known by his family as "pops".  Alvin had a green thumb and was notorious for his large gardens, being known for his strawberries and turnips. In the 1970's he was a CB enthusiast, and his handle was "chipmunk".   He very much enjoyed hunting with his brother, Leon, and fishing with his grandkids. He enjoyed piddling around on the family farm and tinkering with repair projects. He loved his tractors; particularly, John Deere. Alvin was willing to help anybody; he never knew a stranger and could have a conversation with anyone. He loved everyone unconditionally and impressed upon his children and family to follow in his footsteps. Alvin was very witty and enjoyed making people laugh. Alvin was a character, and he will be greatly missed by his family and this community he loved so much.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maxine; siblings, Freeman Franks, Irene Brown, Marjorie Smith, Coleman Franks, Coleen McMasters, Jim Franks, and Sidney Franks; and his lifelong friend, Joe Caraway. He is survived by his children, Alvin Ray Franks of Lake Ozark, MO and Lisa Dowell (JD) of Gallatin, MO; grandchildren, Zachery Vanderslice of Gallatin, MO, Mitchell Vanderslice (Aquasia) of Lake Ozark, MO, Jordan Franks of Portland, OR, and Alex Franks of Kansas City, MO;  great-grandchildren, Hallie, Kristen, John Wayne, Legend, and Leiah; brother, Charles Leon Franks (Mary Ann) of Independence, MO; many nieces, nephews and other extended family members also survive. 
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Active Aging Resource Center in care of the funeral home. A service celebrating Alvin's life will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, the evening prior also at the funeral home. Friends may call after 11 AM Friday.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Gallatin. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin (660) 663-2117. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com  

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Services

Friends May Call
Friday
February 23, 2024

11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Stith Funeral Home - Gallatin
1329 W Grand
Gallatin, MO 64640

Visitation
Friday
February 23, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Stith Funeral Home - Gallatin
1329 W Grand
Gallatin, MO 64640

Celebration of Life
Saturday
February 24, 2024

10:00 AM
Stith Funeral Home - Gallatin
1329 W Grand
Gallatin, MO 64640

Burial

Hillcrest Cemetery Gallatin
Corner of Oval Ave and State Hwy MM
Gallatin, MO 64640

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