Lester A. Franks, 81, of Fremont, OH passed away unexpectedly, doing what he loved most, hunting, on Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Ashtabula, OH. He was born on September 9, 1935 in Clyde, OH, the son of Alvin and Doris (Keegan) Franks. He was a 1954 graduate of Fremont Ross High School.
Lester married Janice Faye Guthrie on August 1, 1953 and she preceded him in death in 1991.
He married Karen Hendricks on September 10, 1982 and she survives. He worked for Ohio Liquid Disposal as a driver and safety director for thirty-two years. He then worked for O-DOT as a dispatcher for eleven years and retired in 2003.
Lester was a member of the Zenobia Shriners; Mason’s and Fremont Eagles. He was inducted into the Fremont Ross Athletic Football Hall of Fame. Lester enjoyed hunting fishing, an avid racquetball player and spending time with his family. He was a big fan of his brother Alvin’s Sprint Car racing. He also enjoyed watching and attending baseball and football games. Lester was well liked and will be missed by many.
Lester is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Karen Franks; children, Kennard (Kathy) Franks, Brian Franks and Suzanne Franks-Biehler, all of Fremont, OH, Jennifer (Bob) Franks-Dwyer, Cleveland, Chad (Melissa) Hickman, Fremont, OH; brothers, Harold (Carol) Franks, Fremont, OH, Raymond (Pam) Franks, Green Springs, OH; sisters, Judy (Bob) Cunningham and Barb McCoy both of Fremont, OH, Betty Jo Heschel, Tiffin, OH and Peggy Eberly of Florida; best friend, Robert Wetzel, Fremont, OH; eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott Franks; siblings, Nancy Brunner, Sandy Thompson, Alvin Franks, Jr. and James Franks.
Visitation: Friday from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St, Fremont, OH.
Service: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:30 am at the funeral home with Bishop Mark Conley officiating.
Burial: Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, OH
Memorials: Fremont Ross Athletic Association