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Ernest Franklin Gericke 1925 - 2012
Ernest Franklin “Frank” Gericke
Ernest Franklin “Frank” Gericke

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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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Johnny Gallman

I first Mr. Frank as a teenager on my way to Calif. with my family in the summer of 1968. My mother had been friends with Mr. Frank and Mrs. Dorthy from the 40's in Calif. That visit was the begining of a continuing friendship that allowed me to introduce my wife and through the years our 5 children to them. It lasted until the passing of Mrs. Dorthy and now when I just received the news of his passing. They were a great couple that always showed hospitality, cheer, good humor and Christian love to us and each other. We visited with them on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, at thier home in Phoenix and latter in Cottonwood and at a campground on the eastcoast as well as several times at our home in Walker, Louisiana. He always had an extra hug for all takers. We enjoyed them both very much and will miss him. He was just a great guy !!

Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Article comment by: Rex Whitmoyer

As a young man growing up behind Frank & Dorothy, (Mr. & Mrs. Gericke), I can't imagine having any better neighbors. We had a gate that connected our two back yards and were always welcome in either direction. I suppose my fondest memories of Mr. Gericke were he and my Dad trading jokes and barbs.They were always trying to "one up" each other, to the point of visual crafting. It wasn't until I was older that I really appreciated their subtle humor. I miss them both.

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Partch

I lived only a few house's from Frank and Dorothy. I received and gave many hugs through that time. Frank always made me laugh. Whether a bad or good day he always found humor in something. I would visit Frank and Dorothy often with my German Shepherd puppy Koda in 2007 -- 2008. Dorothy loved touching and giving treats to the puppy. But as Koda grew into a ninety pound boy Dorothy had became scared of his size even though Koda was always a gentlemen. Dorothy said, "This isn't the same dog you use to bring me." And would take a deep breath. I still laugh about that. I would even walk around the block with Frank when he could still make it. And Frank made us home-made bread one time out of his great kindness. My husband, Joe one time was out by the front of our house one day when Frank was pushing Dorothy around the block in the wheel chair. For some reason, the chair made a sharp right turn and pushed Dorothy into a mass of thick brush. Frank didn't have the strength to back her out. Dorothy never said a word. Joe rushed down to the street to pull her out. What a great sense of humor they both had about that. It was a blessing Joe was out there at that moment. I loved Frank's stories. I wish they could be published. It could be a best seller. Our condolences to the family and their friends. I will miss you Frank and Dorothy. Love, Kathy and Joe Partch

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Article comment by: MaryAnn Canning

I will never, ever forget Frank. When we first met, he wore a "Hug Collector" button on his suspenders and he collected hugs from everyone.
When things got boring at home we'd often look for new "Frank emails" since he seemed to send the funniest (sometimes naughtiest) emails I'd ever seen. He was certainly one of a kind.

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