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Robert Charles Franke, 72, of Baltimore died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at Lookabout Manor in Westminster due to complications from pneumonia after a long bout with Lewy Body Disease.

Born April 22, 1937 he was the son of the late Frederick Charles Franke and the late Mary Franke.  

He is survived by his wife Shirley Lillian Glance Franke of Baltimore City.  
    
He was a 1955 graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute; he then received a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in 1959 and a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1962.  Between high school and college he was offered a position with the Philadelphia Phillies baseball farm organization as a pitcher.  Mr. Franke declined this opportunity and chose instead to pitch for the Johns Hopkins University team.  

Immediately upon receiving his law degree, he began his employment with the State of Maryland.  During a career that spanned 37 years he was employed at the State Board of Law Examiners, the Administrative Office of the Courts of Maryland and the Office of the Clerk of the Court of the Maryland Court of Appeals, where he was a member of the Highland Masonic Lodge No. 184, having been raised to the degree of Master Mason on November 5, 1958 and he received his 50 Year Commemorative Award in 2008.  

He also served with distinction in the U.S. Army Reserve, from 1963 through 1968, rising to the rank of Sergeant.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law Denise Marie and Sal Fili of Sparks, grandchildren Liana Elizabeth, Joseph Robert and Michalina Marie Fili.

Funeral services were held at Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster.  Interment in Baltimore Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.fletcherfuneralhome.net.  


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