George W. Franks
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NEWARK: A Mass of Christian Burial for George W. Franks, age 84, of Newark, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 66 Granville Street, Newark, with Fr. Don Franks celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery where the Licking County Veterans Alliance will provide military honors.
George passed away Monday, April 1, 2013 at his home in Newark. He was born April 25, 1928 in Bradford, Pennsylvania to the late Raymond J. and Frances C. (Boch) Franks.
George was a 1947 graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School. George was very active in athletics in high school earning the 2nd All-Ohio Basketball Honors. His passion for athletics continued after graduation, playing basketball in several industrial leagues and football for the Newark Rams. George served in Korea as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. After retiring from Roper Manufacturing as a Draftsman/Pattern Maker George went to work at B.F. Goodrich as a deliveryman with his brother Bobby, working closely with sister, Rosemary, brother, Charles and brother-in-law, Don. He was a member of the Ancient Order of the Druids-Grove #41, American Legion Post #85, the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #1060, Knights of Columbus Council #721 and a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales.
He is survived by three daughters, Georgeanna (John) Shane of Johnstown, Teresa (Gary) Negele of Granville and Christina Powers of Newark; a son, George Franks II of Newark; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Charles E. (Margaret) Franks of Newark, Rosemary (Donald) Hill of Newark and Mary (William) Kelley of Heath; sisters-in-law, Carol Franks of Newark and Laura Franks of Mt. Vernon; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Constance "Connie" (Radu), whom he married August 12, 1954 and past away September 26, 1996; three brothers, Joseph W. (Eileen) Franks, Robert L. "Bobby" Franks and Lawrence R. "Larry" Franks.
Memorial contributions may be made to Newark Catholic Athletic Association, 1 Green Wave Drive, Newark, OH 43055.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, where a Vigil Service will be held at 6:45 p.m. with Deacon Patrick Wilson presiding.
Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Franks family.
59 North 5th Street Newark, OH 43055
Published in the Advocate from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2013