• Thu August 20 2015
  • Posted Aug 20, 2015
All friends of Wade Franck are invited to a celebration of his life.

Sunday, August 23rd.
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Living History Farms - Flynn Barn
11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322

The Franck family has asked that you bring photos to share.

Look for updates on Kyle's Bikes Facebook Page.

If you are biking to Living History Farms, here are some details:
LHF staff said people coming for the service must enter from Hickman entrance so the best and safe way would be for riders to use the Greenbelt trail, exit at 111th (Subaru dealership) use the sidewalk or road to 111th and Hickman. Use traffic light to cross Hickman. For people coming from the north they could take Douglas Parkway trail to 100th and Douglas. Use light to cross and use sidewalk/trail on west side of 100th. Go south on 100th cross at Hickman and continue south to Greenbelt Trail entrance, go west on trail to 111th(Subaru dealership) use the sidewalk or road to 111th and Hickman.


Gregary Wade Franck, 41, died August 18, 2015, two days after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Des Moines. He touched countless lives with his brilliant smile, warm heart, helpful spirit, and one-of-a-kind laugh.

A passionate cyclist, Wade was a pillar in the Des Moines cycling community. He was widely known as the friendly, go-to expert at Kyle's Bikes in Ankeny, where he had worked since 2012, and at Skunk River Cycles in Ames before that. Wade had joined Team Lanning from West Des Moines for nearly 20 RAGBRAI events and was always in training for his next 150-mile ride.

After college, Wade was a Historical Interpreter at Living History Farms, Urbandale where he took on the roles of a 19th century blacksmith, farmer, cabinet-maker and printer. He could drive teams of draft horses and oxen, and learned to operate a steam-powered tractor. A born teacher, Wade shared his love of history with students of all ages. He had an uncanny ability to present historical events as if he had actually been there.

Wade received his BA in political science and history from the University of Iowa, and his MA in the history of technology and science from Iowa State. He also taught history at Simpson College and Iowa State University.

Wade leaves an unfillable hole in the lives of family who survive him: parents Gregary and Jan Franck of Ankeny; brother Travis and sister-in-law Marcy, nephew Keegan, and niece Devon of Boston, MA; aunts, Mary Beth Costello, Glenda (Nick) Hellenthal and Julie (Steve) Peyton, and four cousins and their children. He was preceded in death by grandparents Burley and Inez Franck of Troy Mills, Iowa, and Charles and Harriet Costello of Malvern, Iowa.

His family is grateful for the outpouring of support from the cycling community, and knows he would appreciate the #RideForWade cycling event created in his honor. They also appreciate the incredible care and compassion given to the family by the Iowa Methodist Medical Team, the Des Moines Police Department, Plymouth Congregational Church, Living History Farms and so many friends.

A celebration of Wade's life will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 23, at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Friends are encouraged to bring photographs and share memories of Wade. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Gregary Wade Franck Memorial Fund at any Bankers Trust location in the Des Moines area or the charity of your choice.

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