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Charles F. Franke, Defense Department manager

Charles F. Franke, 89, who retired from the Defense Department as a civilian manager in the offices of the assistant secretary for installations and logistics, died Nov. 16 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He had congestive heart failure, his daughter Ann Franke said.

Mr. Franke spent 25 years at the Defense Department before retiring in 1975, then worked an additional five years as a consultant. He received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Charles Frederick Franke was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in the Washington area. He was a 1940 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and a 1948 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

In 1947 he married Mary Ellen St. John. She died in 1980. After his wife’s death, Mr. Franke moved from Bethesda to El Paso. He returned to this area in 2009 and lived at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield.

In recent years, Mr. Franke had heart and leg ailments and moved about in a wheelchair, which always displayed a Washington Redskins bumper sticker.

Survivors include four children, Ellen Franke of Buffalo, Ann Franke of Washington, Jane Nelson of Fairfax County and Charles Franke of Helena, Mont.; and three granddaughters.

— Bart Barnes

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