OBITUARY

Howard "Gene" E. Franz

January 31, 1922January 4, 2013

Howard “Gene” Franz, 90, of Springfield, departed his earthly home and entered the presence of his Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior, on Friday, January 4, 2013. Gene was born on January 31, 1922 in Jacksonville, IL, the son of Allen and Susan (Schneider) Franz. He married Phyllis M. Schuster on May 5, 1951, in Brownhelm, OH. They celebrated 61 years of marriage together, she survives him. Gene proudly served our country in WWII, where he earned a Purple Heart. He worked as a letter carrier for the United States Post Office Postal Branch #80. He was a member of Hope Evangelical Free Church. Also surviving him is his children; Kathy (Tim) Ferguson of Oglethorpe, GA, Marybeth (Tom) Reamsnyder of Richmond, Va, James (Janette) Franz of Chatham, 5 grandchildren T.J., Cari, Tricia, Abby, and Kate, sister-in-law, Pat Franz of FL, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 granddaughter, Tiffanie Ferguson, siblings; Bettie (Al) Carter, Arthur Allen Franz, Henry “Hank” Franz. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10 am at Southern View Chapel, 4500 S Second St Springfield IL 62703. Rev. Harold Green and Rev. Tim Ferguson will celebrate his life. A visitation will take place from 9 am until the time of service. Inurnment will follow the services at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brazilian Gospel Fellowship Mission. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 11, 2013
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Howard "Gene" E. Franz

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Bob Seifert

April 25, 2013

My father-John Seifert- was a member of unit 414L We are sorry for your LOSS!

David SMITH

January 14, 2013

WE WILL AS MISS ONE OF THE KINDNESS AND STRONGEST CRISTIAN MAN I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO GROW UP AROUND . SORRY I COULDN'T BE THERE BUT MY HEART WAS WITH ALL OF YOU. HE WAS A BIG INFLUENCE ON MANY NOT ONLY ELDERS BUT US TEENS TO. MAY HIS MEMORY LAST FOREVER IN OTHERS AS IT WILL FOR ME. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

David Beal

January 11, 2013

May God bring you peace as you deal with the passing of your loving father. May you always remember the good times you had with him.

David, Shelly, Matt & Jordan Beal

January 10, 2013

Jim,

I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I am glad that we had an opportunity to visit with him at mom and dad's funeral services. I remember him growing up as my favorite uncle. Please pass along our sympathy to your mom.

Bob Musson

Beverly Bruce

January 10, 2013

He will be missed and remembered for his laughter.

Larry Austin

January 10, 2013

My heart and prayers go forth to Gene's family. I carried mail with Gene in
Springfield, and those carriers that came home from WW2 left a great memory, and a heart full of respect and admiration. Enjoy heaven Gene.

Rich & Mary Keltner

January 9, 2013

Sorry to hear of Gene's passing and he was a hard worker and a great person. We miss all of our neighbors on College Street. He sure could push that mower! Always seemed to be young at heart. Love, Rich and Mary Keltner

Joyce Williams

January 9, 2013

My sincerest condolences to the family, especially to Phyllis. I didn't know them well, but often my husband and I would see them at Bob Evans, where we both liked to eat, and we'd stop to visit with them a bit. We also were members of Hope Church. While my husband Chuck passed about 6 years ago, I recall seeing both Gene and Phyllis not too long ago, perhaps at church. I thank God for Gene's life and know he is with Jesus.
Sincerely, Joyce Williams

January 9, 2013

He was a wonderful Christian man and friend.Dale Baateman and family

January 9, 2013

We are sorry for your loss but we know you have peace in knowing that your dad knew Jesus Christ as his Saviour. We are out of town so we can't come to the service but our prayers are with you. Don and Carol Aldrich