Glen A. FRANKE
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Glen A. FRANKE
  • July 13, 1956 - December 28, 2017
  • Clearwater, Florida

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Glen earned his new heavenly wings on December 28, 2017. He was born July 13, 1956, in Colchester, England, County of Essex to Patricia Archiedame Tullar Franke and Air Force Sergeant Eugene Earnest Franke. He now has had a huge family reunion in Heaven with both his parents, his Sister Mary Hinves and his Brother Colin Franke. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon Lee, a step daughter Christy Keller, and his nephew Scott Hinves along with grandchildren, one great niece and nephew.



Glen moved to Clearwater, Florida when he was six years old and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1974. As a teenager he worked at Rainbow Bowling Lanes and Clearwater Air Park. He left for Oklahoma City and graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics with his Powerplant Technician Certificate in 1975 and his Airframe Technician Certificate in 1976. In 1977 he earned his student pilot certificate and in 1978 earned his FAA Pilot license.



In 1980 he survived a small private plane crash on Honey Moon Island. 1988 Glen received his FAA Inspection Authorization and in 1998 earned his FAA Certified Mechanic License and his Private Pilot License.



In the 1980’s he went to work for Roy Speer and the Home Shopping Network (HSN) aircraft mechanical team Lead and then the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. In the 1990’s he work at the Tampa International Airport at Beech Craft and the Pasco Country Mosquito Control as the Helicopter Mechanic. He was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol



His greatest achievement in his professional career was working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operation Center at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa in 2001 until his retirement in 2016. In 2004 he spent six months on NOAA’s David Starr Jordan (R 444) ship as the helicopter mechanic. At NOAA they were in charge of servicing the Hurricane Hunter planes out of Tampa. He has ridden in the eye of a Hurricane.



When the Air Shows came to Tampa. NOAA’s hanger was used to store the show planes and they were responsible for taxing the aircraft for their individual shows. He met the Thunderbird and Blue Angel pilots and was one of the Senior Lead Rag Wrench Operator Tow Team Specialist or Performer Preferred Support out of Hanger 5 He could tell you what type of plane or helicopter and engine size by just hearing the aircraft fly over.



He owned a 1942 Stearman bi-plane and loved to fly from a very young age.



He has volunteered with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department and Tampa Bay Watch where he planted sea grass. He love the water, the sky and anything to do with either one



He medically retired in 2016 and married in 2017. He had the most beautiful blue eyes you have ever seen.



A Celebration of Life will be held at the Clearwater VFW #2473 on North Hercules on January 28 2017 at 1pm



In lieu of flowers his passions were the American Cancer Society, Salvation Army and any Veteran group. Please make donations in his memory or to any group of your choice