Richard J. Franczyk

May 3, 1933June 9, 2018
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Richard J. Franczyk Ret. CPD Lt.

The world has lost a truly lovely soul on June 9, 2018 and heaven has now become an even more wonderful place. Our hearts are truly broken, but as he would say, life must go on, do not look back, and move forward.

On February 16, 1957 Richard married the love of his life Jean Jamraz. He was always looking out for her well-being even up to his final days. They enjoyed a beautiful marriage with a common thread of humor and hard work. They went on to have 5 daughters: Victoria Wiencek, Carol (Michael) Furco, Kathleen (Carl) Beckman, Lisa Lordo, and Michelle (Peter) Wilczak. Words can’t describe the mutual love we shared with our dad. He gave us the greatest gift anyone could give another, and that is his believing in us. Grandpa was a proud superhero to 16 grandchildren: Nicole (Matt) Lutzka, Lesley (Nate) Talley, Heather Cross, James (Arif) Cross, Brandon (Kristin) Cross, Ryan Cross, Preston (Heather) Beckman, Kent Beckman, Ericka Beckman, Leah Lordo, Jacob (Lauren) Lordo, Jordan Lordo, Calvin Lordo, Gabrielle Wilczak, Grace Wilczak, and Owen Wilczak. He was an adored great-grandfather of 10: Christian, Michael and Mia Lutzka, Rickey and Ruby Gauthier, Kori, Violet and Evan Talley, Ryan Cross Jr. and Jax Cross. He was an adored brother, brother-in-law, cousin, uncle, great-uncle, and friend of many.

Richard was born May 3, 1933 to Helen (nee Lutenska) and Theodore Franczyk. He was a devoted brother to Donald, Arlene, and June. After graduating from St. Ann High School in Chicago in 1951, he went on to the US Army and served in the Korean War from 1953-1955. He proudly worked for the Chicago Police Department from 1961-1998 where he climbed to the rank of lieutenant. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a lifelong Chicagoan and loved all of its sports teams, especially the Chicago Cubs. With his quick wit and friendly demeanor, Richard enjoyed a good party. We all have so many wonderful memories of holidays and events that he made special for everyone. He truly loved his family with all of his heart. He was always checking in with a quick drop by, or in his later years, phone calls to make sure everything was okay and a quick remark to cheer you up. He cherished his friendships and touched many lives with his integrity, compassion, friendly words, and always treated others with the utmost respect. He constantly looked out for everyone and we are comforted in knowing we have the best guardian angel looking over us now. He will be truly missed.

Visitation Wednesday from 3:00pm to 9:00pm at Ridge Funeral Home, 6620 W. Archer Ave, Chicago. Morning prayers Thursday at 9:45am from funeral home to funeral mass at St. Symphorosa Catholic Church at 10:30am. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. For more info, please call (773)-586-7900 or visit


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Morning Prayers Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, June 14, 2018

Richard J. Franczyk

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Robert Kulak

June 16, 2018

To the family: We send our prayers to you at this very sad time. Bob & Rose Kulak

George Ruckrich

June 14, 2018

Sympathies to Rich's family. He was a good man and got the job done. May he rest in peace.


June 13, 2018

Can't tell you how many laughs, Richie and I along with fellow PO's shared over the years. I first met Rich as a PO while he was Secy in Area 1, later on when I was in Pat Div HQ, he was my boss. The best times ever, I'm heartbroken over the fact I cannot attend his service .
I was his MC at his retirement Party, Rich rest in peace, I will keep you in my thoughts.

Jim Modesto

June 13, 2018

I work with Rich for several years, he was a fine man, and would help anyone he could! To his family, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Bob Dart

June 13, 2018

The several years we worked together were memorable. He always had a funny story to tell with a grin on his face, but he could always be counted on. It was impossible not to become close to Rich. We'll meet up again Rich.

~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain

June 13, 2018

Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Richard will be remembered at the Police Mass on Sunday, 24 JUN, 11:00 a.m. at Mercy Home - 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [Police Chaplains Ministry: or 312/738-7588]

John Thulis

June 13, 2018

Rich was great guy
They don’t make them like that anymore
Deepest sympathy