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Raymond C. Franz, 93

Posted on May 29, 2015

Raymond C. Franz, 93, of Decatur, passed away Wednesday evening, May 27, 2015, at the Swiss Village in Berne. 
Ray was born Monday, Nov. 21, 1921, in Adams County,  the eldest son of Hugo Franz and Lisette Kukelhan Franz. Ray was baptized Dec. 4, 1921, at St. Peter Lutheran Church-Decatur and was confirmed April 14, 1935, at Zion Lutheran Church-Decatur. He married Paula C. Nahrwold July 31, 1948, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne; she passed away May 10, 2005.
He was a devoted father and husband and was faithful to his Lord.
Ray served his country in the United States Army. He was a corporal, Tech-5, Third Army, serving under Gen. George S. Patton, in the 80th Infantry Division, Blue Ridge Division, 319th Infantry Regiment, Anti-Tank Company, European Theater of Operation, in World War II. He was twice honored with the Purple Heart and was a recipient of the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in Luxembourg on Dec. 25, 1944, while serving in the Battle of the Bulge.
Ray was a longtime member and at the time of his death was the oldest member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church-Decatur where he served as an elder and a deacon. Ray was a 1939 graduate of Decatur High School.  He was a member of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur for 66 consecutive years, a was a charter member and served on the board of the Union Township Lions Club.  Ray was a former president of the St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School board.
Ray was a farmer in Union and Root townships in Adams County. Ray was a member of the G.E. Quarter Century Club and retired from the General Electric Corporation in 1990 after 49 years of service. He was one of the last five people to close the G.E. plant in Decatur.
Surviving is his daughter, Jean A. Franz (fiancé Rev. Otto A. Brillinger) of Decatur; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his loyal canine companion, Sadie.
Preceding Ray in death, in addition to his parents and his wife, were two children, Ruth and David, in infancy; two brothers, Christian Franz and Arthur Franz; and his best friend and godson, Rolland “Mickey” Fuelling.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church-Decatur with Pastor David Koeneman officiating. Interment will follow at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Military graveside services will be conducted by the color guard of Adams County American Legion Post 43.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Preferred memorials are to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to Worship For Shut Ins.
A special thank you to the CNAs, nurses, and staff of the Swiss Village for the loving care given to Raymond during his 20-month stay.

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