William Keliher Franke, "Bill", passed away on March 12, 2017. His loss will be felt deep in the community, as he was a well-respected and well-liked restaurateur, friend, and family man. Bill was born on April 30, 1949 in Little Rock and spent the majority of his life serving 'Arkansas Food to Arkansas People' at his family business, Franke's Cafeteria.
He was know for his strong presence and was the definition of honor and integrity. He was a very charitable man and served as President of the Restaurant Association and Chairman of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, which inducted him into its Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of many awards including the Kaleidoscope Award and the Salut Au Restauranteur, top honors among state restaurant operators. He was a founding board member of Potluck-Food Rescue, which feeds hundreds of local needy people.
A man of many hobbies, he loved most what nature had to offer- Astronomy, hunting, fishing,cooking, and riding motorcycles were among his favorites. He was a beloved Grandfather, "Papa Bud", to Andrew and Katelyn and enjoyed sharing his hobbies with them. His two daughters, Kathryn Franke Kitchens and the late Christen Franke, adored and admired him, and looked at him the way every daughter should see their Father. He and his Son-In-Law, Kevin Kitchens, had a very special relationship as two avid outdoorsman. He and his beloved wife of 38 years, Carolyn Cazort Franke, shared a lifetime of happiness and memories that will live on forever. He will be greatly missed by his sibling Barbara, Chris, Bob Franke, and Carol Horner. As well as many other friends and family.
As we let go of him here on Earth, we know he was embraced by his daughter Christen, and no doubt it was a beautiful reunion.