RUSSELLVILLE - Larry E. Francis, 71, of Russellville, Ohio, formerly of Newport, Ohio, died at 5:23 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Hospice of Cincinnati, Cincinnati.
He was born in Newport on April 10, 1941, to the late Clarence and Helen (Frey) Francis.
Larry is survived by 12 children and their spouses, Cecelia Plummer of Lima, Mary Francis of Cincinnati, Edward and Sharon Francis of Sidney, Phillip and Beth Francis of Mt. Orab, Allen and Tina Francis of Russellville, Mark and Denise Francis of Delta, Ohio, Richard Francis of Piqua, Angel and Dusty Pucket of Georgetown, Ray and Vickie Kimberly of Sardinia, Ohio, Damian Francis of San Antonio, Texas, Lawrence and Kaitlin Francis II of Paris, Texas, and Bryan Francis of Russellville; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Marie and Richard Henman of Newport and Shirley and Marlin Powers of Hancock, Wis., Barbara Monnin of Piqua, Judy Francis of Greenville and Susan Francis of Newport; 28 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, James Francis; and one brother-in-law, Eldon Monnin.
Larry graduated from Houston High School, Houston, in 1959.
He was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish, Newport.
Larry also was a member of AARP and the North American Hunting Club.
He was a truck driver for KBT for 11 years. Larry also owned a logging company for four to five years, ran a repair business for five years and had a construction company for 17 years.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, with the Rev. Fr. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Newport. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial service also will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Rambler Community Center, 203 E. Main St., Russellvile.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, Inpatient Centers, 7691 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com