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Arkansas State Police 3Lawrence County, Ark. — A 77-year-old Thayer, Mo., man was killed early Saturday, Sept. 21, when he lost control of his car, left the roadway, struck a tree and was ejected from his car, according to Arkansas State Police.
Ernest R. Franke, 77, of Thayer was driving his ’98 Lincoln northbound on Hwy. 63, nprth of Imboden, Ark., in Lawrence County, when the accident occurred at 2:08 a.m. Saturday. Police said it was raining and the roadway was wet at the time.

Ernest Franke

Ernest Franke

Franke was taken to Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie.

He was transferred Sunday to Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

He had been a civil engineer and was a licensed land surveyor.

He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer.

A funeral was held Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer with Pastor Pam Ekey officiating. Burial was in Thayer Cemetery.
To view the obituary, click HERE.

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