Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cyril O. Frantz (September 12, 2019)

Cyril O. Frantz 99 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Thursday September 12, 2019 at Hospice of Dayton. He was born September 16, 1919 in Versailles, Ohio the son of the late Henry & Winnifred (Connaughton) Frantz. Cyril was in the United States Army 75th Division for 3 years, and served 18 months in Europe during World War II. He was a combat veteran that included fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, and several other major campaigns for which he was awarded 3 Bronze Star Medals and several other commendations. Cyril also received the Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal from France, for fighting to protect the country and people of France. After his discharge from the Army Cyril was a business owner in Sidney, Ohio for 25 years, and later worked for Subler Transfer Trucking for 11 years. He was a lifetime member of St. Denis Catholic Church and a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus for 82 years. In addition Cyril was a member of the Versailles Vets Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Fraternal Order of Eagles. Cyril was preceded in death by his very loving wife of 67 years, Helena (Liette), whom he happily married September 24, 1946. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Michael & Tanya Frantz of Centerville, and Steven & Patricia Frantz of Dayton; grandchildren and spouses: Stacey Bales, Natalie & David Schindler, Randall & Masako Thompson, Jannelle & Jason Pajari, Kevin & Melissa Frantz, David & Sarah Frantz, Michelle & Chris Cook; great grandchildren: Ross Bales, Payton & Allie Schindler, Maya & Kayla Thompson, Alissa & Sydney Pajari, Connor, Logan, & Liliana Frantz, Mason Frantz, Aiden & Chloe Cook; Sisters-in-law & brother-in-law Barbara & John Koverman of Dayton, and Sister Donna Liette C.PP.S. of Chicago; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister and her spouse (Clissie & Cyril Grilliot) and his brothers and their spouses (Norbert & Lillian Frantz, Bernard & Marie Frantz, and Louis & Dora, Imogene, and Dorothy Frantz). Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church at 14 East Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio with Fr. Jim Simons as Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Valbert Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday September 16, 2019 and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Tuesday at Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio.

The family wishes to thank all the Versailles Vets Club members for their respect and friendship over the past many years, and the staff of the Versailles Rehab and Nursing Center for their care during the last year. Also, the family expresses their sincere appreciation and a very special “Thank You” to Shawn Heindl for her extraordinary compassion, friendship, dedication, and excellent care that she provided during the past five years. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Emergency Medical Services, or to “Heroes Are Never Alone”, P.O. Box 30136, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230, which is a nonprofit organization started by Cyril’s great grandson, Connor Frantz. This nonprofit organization assists United States Military Veterans that are having financial difficulty (many are homeless) providing food, housing, transportation, or clothing. The Cincinnati VA Medical Center identifies the veterans that have a need, and recommends the type of help or services that would be beneficial to those veterans.

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