Harold W. Francis

October 15, 1918April 18, 2014

FRANCIS, Harold William “Had”, age 95 of Kettering, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at his residence under the care of Hospice of Dayton. He was born October 15, 1918 in Dayton, OH to the late Clement Leroy and Alice Viola (Good) Francis. In addition to his parents, Had was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth L. (Baker) Francis in 2009; step-father, Nelson Roof; siblings, Velma Olt, Donald Francis, Mary Alice Francis and Pauline Francis and son-in-law, Richard Harlow. Had is survived by his children, Sam W (Sandra) Francis of West Grove, PA, Sally K Francis of Naperville, IL, and Cathy Ann Harlow of Kettering; grandchildren David (Josephina) Francis, Suzanne (Michael) James, Eva Shore, Hadd (Naoko) Francis, Kristen (Gregory) Batch, Curry (Donna) Malott, Hannah Malott, Zachary (Michelle) Harlow, Jacob Harlow and Alice (Bradley) Gibson; great grandchildren, Jamie, Grace, Noelle, Micah, Brian, Noah, Ruby, Olive, Jayne, Logan, Benjamin, Landon, Emily and Olivia. Had attended Butler High School and was drafted into the Army Air Corps to serve during WWII. He worked for Aero Products Corporation/Allison Division of General Motors before becoming self-employed as cabinetry maker and remodeling carpenter. He was “Mr. Fix It” on Dayton area television and radio segments. Had was well known to family and friends for his career as a professional wrestler in England during WWII under the names Dirty Mike and Farmer Mike. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, euchre, Parcheesi and was a talented artist, inventor, and story teller. Had was a former member of Ellerton United Church of Christ and a devoted caregiver to his wife of 62 years, Ruth. Family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:30 am Friday, April 25, 2014 at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home, Miamisburg. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 am Friday also at the funeral home and officiated by Pastor Frank Fenton. Burial will take place at Hillgrove Cemetery, Miamisburg. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter at 4440 Lake Forest Dr., Suite 120, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or Hospice of Dayton at 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420. Personal condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Had’s online memorial at or by “liking” Gebhart Schmidt Parramore Funeral Home on Facebook.


  • Visitation Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 25, 2014

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Mike and Kathy Scinto

April 25, 2014

Those of you who have listened to me on the radio on WAVI and WHIO or watched WHIO-TV will likely know the name "Mr. Fix-it" aka Harold W. Francis. I could write a book about his life, character, friendship, professional skills and integrity. It would need to be volumes! There are so many side stories. My family loved Harold like our own family for all the years we were blessed to know him. We are praying for Harold and his family at this hour knowing he is in a better place with Ruth. The world was a much brighter and happier place because of Harold. And those are not merely kind words for a man who has now faced his greatest challenge, they are TRUE! I will miss those cups of coffee, stories and laughs.

Lacey Merriman

April 23, 2014

My deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family.
Lacey Merriman

Alleen Deutsch

April 23, 2014

From Alleen with love, hugs, good karma and blessings

April 23, 2014

Sam, Sally, Cathy and family,
Our sincerest sympathy to all of you. May God's peace comfort you at this difficult time.

Pat and Jerry Townsend
The Vilages, Fl.

Anne Williams

April 22, 2014

Sally, It's always so hard to lose a parent. Thinking about you and hoping that the fond memories you have make this a nice time to be reunited with your family. Our condolences to you all. Anne, Buzz and Ian Williams

Ann Stemm

April 22, 2014

Sally, my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Father. May he rest in peace.

Rosemary Wander

April 22, 2014

Sally: Sorry to hear about your dad. I am thinking about you during this time.

Sharron Lennon

April 22, 2014

Sally, thinking of you in this sad time and condolences to you, Cathy, and Sam in the loss of your father.

Doug Heller

April 22, 2014

Sam, Sally, and Cathy,
You have my sympathy in the loss of your father. I have fond memories of him and your mother at the Ellerton church. Your dad did a lot for the church as we were growing up. God bless you as you remember your dad.

Leslie Burns

April 22, 2014

Thinking of you and sending my sincerest condolences to you, Sam, and Cathy. ~ Leslie