OBITUARY

Charles "Chuck" E Frantzen

August 9, 1949September 6, 2021

Charles E. Frantzen, age 72, of Longwood, Florida went into God’s arms on Monday, September 6th, 2021 after a brief illness. Nicknamed both ‘Chuck’ and ‘Charlie’ (to his siblings who he relentlessly loved to ‘tease’ growing up), Charles was born in New York, NY on August 9th, 1949 to his parents’ Lorraine and George Frantzen. He courageously served his country as an Air Force Sergeant and Security Police Officer in Vietnam from 1970- 1972 and earned multiple medals and commendations for his bravery. He graduated from college with a degree in landscape design and started his professional career creating lush landscapes for both his own firm and prestigious companies such as the Walt Disney World Co. Chuck married the love of his life of nearly 38 years, Joyce Ann (Minix) Frantzen on January 28th, 1983 after meeting her at a church ‘single again’ get together in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Chuck felt fortunate to ‘inherit’ Joyce’s four children and nothing brought him greater joy than doting on her. Their close-knit group of neighbors joked that he made all of the other husbands look bad! Later in his career, Charles became a professional driver for the Lynx Company and most recently after retirement, shared his love for people by driving a trolley for the Lake Mary Shuttle Company. Chuck was a gentle soul and fierce protector of his friends and family. He diligently earned his black belt in martial arts at the of age 67. He was an avid movie buff and DVD collector of all genres and loved going to theme parks and riding roller coasters with his friends, especially his grandson, Johnny. Charles is survived by his beautiful wife Joyce, son Jeffrey McEachran, daughers Lisa Cowan and Diane (John) Wolf, nine grandchildren including Jeffrey (Saige) McEachran Jr., Jared (Kirstin) McEachran, Justin (Tricia) Miller, Ryan (Ive) Anderson, Aliya (Brittany) Testa, Kathryn Wolf, Amy Wolf, Emile Wolf, and John Wolf Jr, his siblings Lynn Angelo, Robert (Janet) Frantzen, William (Kathy) Frantzen, Lori Raffaello, four great-children, seven nephews and a two nieces. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his loving son, Michael McEachran and his younger sister, Corinne Frantzen. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at a visitation this Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 4 pm – 7 pm at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home 5000 County Road 46 A, Sanford, Florida 32771. There will be a private burial at Cape Canaveral Veteran’s Cemetery. Memorials in his honor may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital at P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or by calling 1-800-822-6344. Chuck will be remembered for his very special laugh, quirky sense of humor and super big heart. He was a handsome and humble family man who will be greatly missed.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

Memories

Charles "Chuck" E Frantzen

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Cathy Follis

September 13, 2021

Aunt Joyce and family, our deepest sympathy for the loss of Chuck.
You are in our prayers every day. We know God is with you in this sad time.

Unfortunately, we are unable to be there for the funeral due to our health issues and covid. But we are with you in spirit and love.

Your niece Cathy and all the Follis and Dodge family.

Cathy Follis

September 10, 2021

Chuck has been in our family as long as I can remember. He always was a quiet presence among the loud Minix family reunions. Speaking with him was always interesting to me because he had a different perspective at times. One thing I always noticed about Chuck was his total devotion to Joyce. When she was sick he was right by her side. What a nice example for our family. RIP dear Chuck, we will see you on the other side one day.

Gary Wasson

September 10, 2021

As a neighbor, I always enjoyed my philosophical, theoretical and political discussions with Chuck while we were outside doing our weekly chores. He will be missed as a good person and a good neighbor. God, please watch over Joyce during this tough time and give her the extra strength she needs to deal with the loss of Chuck, RIP my friend. See you a number of years when we can pick up on our discussions. God Bless.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY