Herbert Franz Franke

May 18, 1936 - May 24, 2020

Herbert Franz Franke, 84, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2018, formerly of Mineola, Long Island, NY, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Cape Coral. He was born May 18, 1936 in Bremerhaven, Germany to Otto and Freida Franke, now deceased.

 Herbert came to the United States from a war-torn Germany alone at the age of 17.  He was a self-made man and worked his way up from machinist to an engineer as part of the Mars Rover project.  Along the way earning his College Degree. Herbert was of the Presbyterian faith and attended First Presbyterian Church of Mineola. He was also a member of Odd Fellows Lodge in Mineola.   He loved the outdoors and was a longstanding member of the Tusten Rod & Gun Club in Narrowsburg NY.  He was also a local leader and Assistant Scout Master for Troop 45.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60+ years, Alexandra Franke of Cape Coral; two loving children, Ronnie Franke of Cape Coral, and Harold Franke (wife Linda), also of Cape Coral; as well as two grandchildren, Stephanie and Melissa Franke.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date in NY. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com

Memorial Contributions in memory of Herbert Franz Franke are suggested to Children’s Medical Center, 2777 N. Stemmons Fwy., Suite 1700, Dallas, Texas 75207.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Mark Santoli May 25, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Condolences to my brother Hal

  2. Chris Palermo May 25, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    He was always Mr Franke to me. I always felt welcome in his home.
    I’m thankful to be a part of his extended family.
    Rest In Peace Mr Franke

  3. Roger Csajko May 28, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Rest In Peace Brother Sagamore

  4. Steve Grosskopf May 28, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Herb was a great man. He was a key member of Troop 45 in Mineola NY for many many years. When his son was a scout he was an assistant Scoutmaster and went on many camping trips. Later Herb was the sponsoring organization representative for the BSA and The Presbyterian Church in Mineola, NY. God Bless his soul, he will be missed.
    Steve Grosskopf, Scoutmaster Troop 45

  5. Frank Pewarski May 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    An Assistant Scoutmaster that a Scoutmaster could always count on all the time, anytime, every time. HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR THE SCOUTS.
    Dear Alex, Ron, and Harold I am SO SORRY for your families loss.
    Frank Pewarski
    Chaplain, Troop 281
    Palm Coast, FLORIDA

  6. Rudi Punzmann Jun 1, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    I have fond memories of Herb. Troop 45 brought us together. In 1977 we took a group of scouts to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for a ten day backpacking trip. Before that in 1976, we did the Wood Badge Course together in Pennsylvania.. There were many hikes, camping, beach camping and meetings over the years. Great times!
    Rest in Peace old friend.

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