John T Francis

September 21, 1939July 18, 2021

John T. Francis age 81, of Greenville passed away at 5:22 PM on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at his residence.

John was born September 21, 1939, in Shelby County to the late Henry A. & Irene M. (Barge) Francis. In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his son, Denver Ernst; brothers, Ralph E., Henry A. Jr., August, Charles L. and Raymond Francis; sisters, Monica Stephan, Clara Bender, Martha Plas, Leona Zircher, Lovena Grillot, Mary Francis and one sister in infancy.

John is survived by his wife, Martha “Marti” (Graybill) Francis whom he married June 7, 1986; children, Tammy & David Turner of Iowa, Terri & Matt McConnell of Hamler, Tina Carroll of Hamler, Trenda & Gene Campbell of Greenville, Tonya & Jeff Schlecty of New Weston, Dwaine Ernst of Greenville, Diane Phillips of North Carolina, Daniel Ernst of Gettysburg and Darla May of Nashville, Tennessee; 23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sister, Rita Goubeaux of Osgood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John served in the U.S. Army. He farmed and managed an apartment complex. John was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Dayton. He was a former member of the Greenville Eagles and Knights of Columbus in Greenville.

A Latin Requiem Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia with Rev. Fr. George Gabet celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Remy Cemetery in Russia. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church in Dayton.


  • Visitation

    Monday, July 26, 2021

  • Latin Requiem Mass

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021


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Mandy Miller-Eley

July 26, 2021

Grandpa was a hard working man. Always had a project he was working. Being one of the many grandchildren who lived next to grandpa as a child he always included us in on his project whether it was weeding his garden, filleting fish, picking strawberries and my personal favorite eating popcorn and playing cards. Although we don’t have too many recent memories grandpa I will always cherish my younger years of being in your back yard. Enjoy heaven we will meet you there!

JoAnn Covelli

July 22, 2021

Being one of our class of '57 John always kept us on our toes with his deep religious beliefs. And yes John the end of this world will come for each of us. You were blessed to have attended Mass and received the Holy Eucharist on the day you went to rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marti and your loving family. Greet your parents and siblings with open arms of joy.

Augie & Barb Cordonnier

July 21, 2021

A good , faithful member of the class of 1957 from Russia High School. RIP John. He just had lunch with our class last Wednesday, July 14 , 2021. Will be missed.
So sorry for the loss of your loved one Marty and family.

Comprehensive Health Network

July 21, 2021

May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
Our deepest condolences