John H. Frantz, 73, Air Force vet, operations construction manager, patriotic, sports fan

By on May 10, 2017

John H. Frantz, 73, of Lititz, went to be with the Lord Monday, May 1, 2017. He passed away surrounded by his loving family after a brave battle with cancer.

Born in Pottsville, he was the husband of Deborah (Howett) Rose Frantz of Lititz, and the son of the late Jay “Chip” and Marie A. (Long) Frantz.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Lititz, where he served as an usher and was formerly on the parish council.

John was a proud U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam era. He served in Okinawa, and was a member of the Presidential Honor Guard, serving under Lyndon B. Johnson. John was very patriotic and loved his country. He believed that all people should be self-sufficient and responsible for their own well-being.

He enjoyed sports, and was a fan of Phillies baseball, Penn State football, and Duke University basketball. He liked reading books and taking care of the birds in his yard. In his earlier years, he coached youth baseball and basketball. He was employed as an operations construction manager for the majority of his career.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Diana McCoy and her husband J. Michael of Lancaster; Pamela Sisolak and her husband Gregory of Mount Laurel, N.J.; John Frantz of Honey Brook; stepdaughter: Natalie Rose of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and stepson: Charles Rose and his wife Roxy of Huntsville, Ala. He was “Poppy” to the seven grandchildren he adored: Alexandra, Olivia, Bella, Emma, Luke, Paige, and Brady. He is also survived by a sister: Nancy Leone of Orwigsburg

He was preceded in death by his first wife: Donna (Modesto) Frantz; and a brother: James.

Services were held May 6 at St. James Catholic Church, Lititz, with the Rev. James O’Blaney, C.Ss.R. as celebrant. Burial was private.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in John’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4025, Lancaster, PA 17604; or to the Manheim Township Historical Society, 601 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.

To place a condolence online, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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