Herbert E. “Dell” Franks

June 20, 1924 ‒ April 05, 2006

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Herbert E. “Dell” Franks, age 81, of Town Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio, died on Wednesday evening, April 5, 2005, at the Woodside Village Care Center following an extended battle with cancer.

Dell was born in Marengo, Ohio, on June 20, 1924, the son of the late Homer F. and Gertrude (Hubbard) Franks. Dell has been a Morrow county resident for most of his life, but he has also lived in Florida and Galion.

On December 16, 1971, Dell married his loving wife of almost 19 years, Cleo (Smith) Franks, who preceded him in death on September 5, 1990.

Dell owned and operated Franks Remodeling Service, until he retired. He also operated the former Corner Tavern, Sportsman’s Club, and Frank’s Restaurant and Tavern all in Cardington. Dell also worked for 18 years at the Westinghouse Company in Mansfield.

Dell will be remembered for his great sense of humor, always making everyone laugh, and for his love for friends, family, and life.

A canine lover, Dell’s best friend was his dog “Buster” who he has missed dearly since he passed. He also enjoyed fishing, and taking camping trips in his Recreational Vehicle.

Dell was a member of the Galion Moose Lodge #520.

He is survived by a daughter Malinda Smith of Mount Vernon; a son Shawn (Susan) Shelton of Mount Gilead; several step-children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law Lois Franks of Delaware, Ohio, Virginia Franks of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Myrtle Franks of Mount Gilead, Ohio.

In addition to his wife and parents, Dell was preceded in death by his grandchildren Dakota and Brittany Shelton; and brothers Donald and Raymond “Gene” Franks.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Galion with Rev. Crate D. Sparks officiating. Arrangements are in care of the Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Morrow County, P. O. Box 86, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338, or to the Humane Society of Morrow County, P. O. Box 235, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dell’s good friends Erma Shelton and Glenn Sutherland, and to his Physician Dr. Matthew Hintz.

Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.