Franklin Riley "Doc" Artz , 76, of Hegins, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his home.
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He was born on Thursday, July 29, 1937, in Hegins, a son of Hannah L. (Smeltz) and Harry R. Artz.
He was a 1955 graduate of the former Hegins Twp. High School and a 1960 graduate of Kutztown University.
He was a School Teacher for 36 years at Tri-Valley High School.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
He was also a member of the F&AM Valley Lodge 797, Valley View, Harrisburg Consistory, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Millersburg Forrest, PSEAR, the Pike Twp Sportsmen's Association and the Pike Twp. Sportsmen's Relief Association, both of Oley. Doc enjoyed baseball, bicycling, woodworking, spending time with his grandchildren and spending time at his son's cabin in Slate Run.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon E. and Harold L. Artz.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann (Falck) Artz, to whom he was married for 48 years.
He is also survived by a daughter, Sheri Bobko and her husband John and their daughter, Madelyn of Herndon, VA; two sons, Eric Artz and his wife Katie and their daughters, Chloe and Sophie of Medina, WA and Garrett Artz and his wife Evelyn and their children, Luke, Nathan and Grace of Asheville, NC; and two nieces, Virginia Artz and Carol Teal of DE.
Services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley View, on Saturday, March 22, with the Valley Lodge conducting their Masonic Service. The memorial service immediately followed with Rev. Brian Beissel officiating. Burial will be made in Fountain Community Cemetery, Hegins at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin R. Artz Scholarship Fund C/O The Gratz Bank, Attention Jennifer Ruch, 1625 West Main St., P.O. Box 816, Valley View, PA 17983.
Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.
Buffington-Reed Funeral Home
200 West Main Street
Valley View, PA 17983
Published in The News Item on Mar. 27, 2014