Arthur Richard (Dick) Franz | Obituary

91-year-old Arthur Richard (Dick) Franz went peacefully with the Lord to his home on March 19, 2022. He was born December 1, 1930, in Buffalo, NY, to Ethel Beanard and A. Richard Franz Sr.

Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Jane (Mac) Mackenzie; in-laws, Helen (Hoak) Russell W. Porter; sister-in-law, Maryanne Porter; daughter, Sharon Leslie Marie Franz; son, William Richard (Susan) Franz; grandsons, Adam Michael Franz and Jaxon Martin McGee.

He is survived by his dear, loving, adoring and devoted wife of 70 years, Joanne Leatrice Porter Franz; three blessed children, Gretchen (Jeffrey) Harmon, Russell (AnnMarie) Franz and Katrina (Steven) Spring; 11 grandchildren, Amy (John) McGee, William (Emily) Franz Jr., Jessica Franz, Carrie (Jeffrey) Stann, Pamela (Jeromy) Fincher, Jordan Franz, Connor Franz, Randall (Kristen) Spring, Katelynn (Christopher) Smith and Kristina (Mark) George Jr.; 34 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter; sister-in-law, Linda (Raymond) Braun; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and very dear friends for life.

Richard served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a very proud veteran.

Richard attended Amherst CSD, GCC, SUNY Brockport, and Canton University to graduate and retired in 1995 from the Batavia City School District as a school psychologist. A position he held with extreme devotion to the students with whom he worked on a daily basis.

Dick and Jo were members of the Genesee County Victim Assistance Program as they helped many families through their grief and the loss of loved ones. He also served on the Genesee County parole program and served on the City of Darien Tax Review Board.

Dick and Jo have called Darien home for the past 65 years. Richard enjoyed life and brought so much joy to so many people. His contagious smile, his humor, his gentleness, his compassion and his love were very deep and most sincere. He has always found his place in people’s hearts.

The family would like to express special thanks for the care and love shown by the staff at Johnny’s Angels over the past few years. Dr Mary Obear and her staff for their kindness and care in assisting her on her journey. Jeromy Fincher, (grandson) for his devotion, devotion and care for dad.

Private service will be for immediate family only.

Arrangements have been made by CB Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY

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