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John R Franz

August 18, 1928 November 23, 2014
John R Franz
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John Robert Franz, 86, of Peoria Heights passed away at his home Sunday morning, November 23, 2014. He was born August 18, 1928, to Frederick and Josephine (Sheley) Franz. He received his GED from Woodruff High School and was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. John was a seaman in the US Navy during World War II and retired after 44 years with International Paper Company. John married Shirley Mammen on March 8, 1969. He was preceded in death by Shirley (July, 2012) and five sisters, Nancy, Janet, Dorothy, Norma and Sheila. He is survived by one son, Jack Franz of Peoria, and daughters Chris Scholl of Colorado and Glenda McLaughlin of Peoria and grand children, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. John had a great sense of humor and was fearless in his life's adventures. He was generous, kind and he loved his family. He was a devoted Cardinals fan and loved fishing and woodworking. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Father Thomas Taylor will lead the celebration. The visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Monday, December 1st at Wright and Salmon Mortuary, with rosary recitation at 6:45 PM. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens. Memorial may be made to OSF Hospice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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