RUSSIA - Thomas V. Francis, 90, of 214 W. Main St., Russia, Ohio, passed away at 3:07 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio.
He was born Aug. 29, 1922, in Russia, Ohio, to Felix and Anna (Voisard) Francis. He was a lifelong resident of Russia and a 1940 graduate of Russia High School. On Feb. 28, 1946, he married Corrine R. Puthoff in St. Patrick, Ohio. She died on May 11, 1995.
Surviving are four sons and three daughters and their spouses, William and Mary Louise (Sherman) Francis of Russia, Kathy and Dale Nichols of Russia, Shirley and James Shenk of Minster, David and Clarice (Novicki) Francis of Troy, Patrick and Susan (Diller) Francis of Troy, Renee and Jay Purpus of Minster, and Bradley and Melissa (Raterman) Francis of Russia.
He also is survived by 29 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; and five step-great grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Robert (Jeanette) Scofield of Van Wert and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Leo (Mary) Francis of Russia.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Wilmer (Cora), Delbert (Ruth), Glenn (Melva), Earl (Marie) and Leo; and two sisters, Mrs. Ora (Gertrude) Armstrong and Mrs. James (Freda) Daugherty.
Tom was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia. He was also a United States Navy Veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1946 with two years in the Southwest Pacific Islands.
He was a lifetime charter member of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., a charter member National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and a member of the United States Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.
He was co-founder of Francis Manufacturing Company in Russia, established 1946, and served as president of the company until his retirement in 1991. He was co-owner of Superior Aluminum Products in Russia and served as president from 1966-1993. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 661, a life member of Sidney American Legion Post 217, a life member and past Grand Knight of St. Remy Council of the Knights of Columbus, past president of the Russia Civic Association, a member of Russia Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, served on board of directors of Bank One in Sidney for 21 years, served on the board of directors of Community Lanes in Minster, served on the board of trustees at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, served on board of trustees at Wilson Hospital Foundation and established the Thomas V. and Corrine R. Francis Family Foundation in 1995. Mr. Francis was selected as the 2003 recipient of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce "Zenith Award" for his accomplishments and contributions to the community.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Remy Catholic Church with Fr. Frank Amberger, presider.
Burial will follow at St. Remy Cemetery with full military rites.
Calling hours will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Friday, and 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Russia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wilson Memorial Hospice Care or to the charity of the donor's choice.