Ernest Franklin “Frank” Gericke was born August 11, 1925, in San Bernardino, CA, and passed away February 3, 2012, in Cottonwood, AZ. He was a Marine and a WWII veteran who earned a Purple Heart as the result of wounds received in the battle of Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands. He met and married Dorothy Mae Kunath in 1945; they were married 65 years until her death in 2010. They moved to Arizona in 1958 where he worked as a brick mason and masonry contractor until his retirement. He and Dorothy enjoyed 14 years of full-time RV travel before settling in Cottonwood in 2000. He and Dorothy have four children - Lillian (Aaron), Franklin (Nancy), Jonathan (Carol) and Ruth Anne (Joe); 9 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. A memorial service for both Frank and Dorothy will be held Saturday, February 11, at 2:00 pm at Bueler Funeral Home, 143 W. Arnold Street, Camp Verde, AZ. A donation may be made to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.
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