|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1932|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 2006|
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rev. Delton W. Franz, 73, former director of the Mennonite Central Committee Washington office, died March 6, 2006, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 12, 1932, to John J. and Sara Siemens Franz in Hutchinson. They preceded him in death.
He graduated from Bethel College in 1954 and married Marian Claassen in June of the same year. After pastoring in Kansas for several years, they moved to Chicago to attend Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He was pastor of Woodlawn Mennonite Church on Chicago's south side from 1954 to 1968. He spent 1964 in New York City at Union Theological Seminary, earning a master's of sacred theology degree.
He was a founding member of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 20 religious groups. He attended the Oslo agreement signing ceremony at the White House in 1993. He also focused on U.S. policies toward Latin America and traveled widely throughout the world.
His life work centered on peace making and race relations. He and his wife were active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In his work with the MCC, he worked tirelessly to assure justice for all people regardless of nationality or faith.
In addition to his wife, other survivors include: a son, Gregory C. Franz of Pasadena, Calif.; daughters, Gayle S. Franz of Newton and Coretta Franz-Eby and husband Rich of Lancaster, Pa.; two grandchildren, Justine and Adam Franz-Eby of Lancaster, Pa.; a sister, Eldine Harder (Paul) of North Newton; and a brother, Leroy Franz of Goessel.
Memorial gifts should be sent to the Mennonite Central Committee.
Marian Hilda Claassen Franz (1930 - 2006)
Created by: Tom Crago
Record added: Aug 17, 2007
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