Lawrence Raymond Franks

December 17, 1933 ‒ July 01, 2009

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Lawrence Raymond Franks, age 75, of McMannis Road, Mount Vernon passed away on Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009 at his home surrounded by his caring family. He was born December 17, 1933 in Newark, a son of the late Raymond Joseph and Frances Cecelia (Boch) Franks.

Lawrence attended Saint Francis de Sales Catholic School and High School, graduating in 1952. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve, serving two years active duty aboard the U.S.S. Iowa. Upon leaving the Navy, he attended the Ohio State University. He was employed by the B.F. Goodrich Company, where he worked in various management capacities in the mid-west until he retired in 1976 due to Parkinson’s disease. He was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.

Lawrence is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Laura (Cassady) Franks; children, Mary Carol (Courtney) San-Filippo of Buckeye Lake, Michelle Colopy of Danville, Paula Jane (Frederick) Holsinger of Worthington, Joseph (Angela) Franks of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Annie (Dave) Tindall of Apple Valley, Frederick (Cathy) Franks of Newark, Patrick (Carlotta) Franks of Apple Valley, and Andrew (Sandra) Franks of Mount Vernon; 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Rosemary (Don) Hill and Mary Elizabeth (William) Kelley both of Newark; brothers, George Franks and Charles (Peggy) Franks both of Newark; a sister-in-law Carol Franks of Newark; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Lawrence was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph R. and Robert Franks; and a son-in-law, Clarence Richard Colopy.

The Franks family will receive friends from 1p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon with Rev. Father Mark J. Hammond presiding. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with military services provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Ohio Parkinson Society, P.O. Box 16126, Columbus, Ohio 43216

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Lawrence R. Franks.