Alfred (Al) W. Franz
July 12, 1927 – September 23, 2020
Alfred (Al) W. Franz was born July 12, 1927 to Peter and Mary Franz of Corn, Oklahoma. Al was the twelfth of twelve children born to the couple, and notably the first to be delivered in a hospital, giving his mother his first gift: a week’s stay in the Weatherford Hospital, which she often referred to as “the best vacation I ever had.” Al grew up on the family farm constantly coming up with new ideas to improve the agricultural effort and productivity. After graduation from Corn Academy High School, he attended Grace Bible College in Omaha, Nebraska where he met the love of his life and soon-to-be wife, Orla Ann Fast. They were married in 1949 and in 1950 their first son was born. By August of 1954 they were abundantly blessed with five sons. Being resourceful, Al successfully went about building his first home in Wichita, Kansas. By 1959 Al and Ann had moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he began a long career as a union electrician and general contractor. Al built numerous custom homes in and around the Boulder area, many finished with his trademark dry-stack rock retainer walls with landscaping and gardens, reflecting a lifelong passion for creating beauty. For real passion and beauty, one had to take a closer look at Al’s life, as his guiding light and hope were found in a personal relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Wherever he roamed later in life in his RV journeys, he searched out a church faithful to the Holy Scriptures and served others in word and deed – through mission projects in far-away countries or gleaning the edges of farm fields in his local community – to help supply food banks and pantries. It is this same faith that kept Al taking small but faithful steps as an “unfinished project” in reflecting the ever growing and developing image of his creator God and Savior, Jesus Christ, until on September 23, 2020, in the 10:00 a.m. hour after receiving care from a kind hospice worker, he thanked her with “I feel brand new.” Moments later, he passed through the veil to the presence of the One who makes all things new for an eternity with Him. Al is survived by four sons, A. Wayne Franz (Judy) of Lafayette, Colorado, Warren D. Franz (Claire) of Longmont, Colorado, William J. Franz (Christine) of Buena Vista, Colorado, and Daniel P. Franz (Ginger) of Rapid City, South Dakota. Al is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Orla Ann and his son, David H. Franz. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse (at samaritanspurse.org) to help supply water, sanitation, and hygiene needs around the world – a cause near and dear to his heart. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/memorial-page/alfred-al-franz-longmont-co
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Alfred (Al) W. Franz
October 12, 2020
Papoo. He loved family deeply, cheap coffee, baked goods, he could fix or build most anything and for many years you could find him trucking around the country in his RV. He would often end phone calls with, “I love you Annie, do the right thing.” He lived a long full life and will be deeply missed.
October 10, 2020
Papoo and I went on a bike ride when I was 12 and he was 68. We were on a bike path next to a berm that hid a stream. It was mid morning with golden sun striking the prairie grass when a Great Blue Heron gracefully broke the plane of the berm and rose above and just to the left of us with a glorious wingspan that eclipsed the sun for a moment. Papoo excitedly pointed it out and told me the name of the bird and that it is his favorite bird. It has been my favorite bird since then too. The Great Blue has many nests in Fort Collins and I’ll often see them on my bike rides and will think of that moment with Papoo. I’ve always thought of a piece of his spirit living in those sightings and the Heron will be even more imbued with his steadfast presence now that he has passed. Thank you for that gift, Papoo, love you!
October 10, 2020
I remember growing up knowing your family, our parents were friends and we used to come to your families house or should I say houses for dinner and visiting. going to the same church and church events. I loved your Mom and Dad.
They raised some fine sons. They were good memories and a sad one too. ❤️🙏🏻✝️
October 9, 2020
Uncle Al, as our family knows him, is remembered as a man with sweet kindness and interest in us all. I remember staying with Uncle Al and Aunt Orla Ann years ago in their Boulder, Colorado home. We had our first baby boy along with us and they welcomed us with open arms of love. Years later we met them for lunch in Colorado Springs and had a great fun visit with Marvin and Rosella Jost, my parents in law. It meant so much when Uncle Al and his brother Joel from California attended Rosellas memorial service. His jovial smile and stories from the past were treasures for our entire family. Then in 2019 Uncle Al with determined effort came with his sons to attend my husband Jims memorial service. It meant so much to me to have him there to support us. We will surely miss this Godly, gracious, and kind uncle and just deeply send our condolences to the family. Thinking of a song:
“What a day that will be, when my JESUS I will see...”. Colleen Jost and family