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Richard M. Francis
Birth: May 13, 1948, USA
Death: Jul. 2, 2008
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Richard M. Francis, Age 60, CPD, cherished husband of Deborah, devoted father of Bianca and Amanda Kmic, beloved son of the late Jeanette and Eugene Francis.

Visitation at Cooney Funeral Home,
3918 W. Irving Park Rd.,
Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m.,
Funeral Monday, July 7, 2008
Family and friends are asked to meet at
St. Monica Church,
5136 N. Nottingham,
Foster & Nottingham.
Mass at 11 a.m.
Interment private.

Dedicated Police Officer for 27 year.
Member of FOP,
Navy Seal Veteran of Vietnam.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation, 1359 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60607, would be appreciated. For info: 773-588-5850


Officer Richard M. Francis, Chicago Police Department was killed in the Line of Duty.

******** Star #5276 ********


Despite his seniority, Francis chose the overnight shift because he liked the quiet pace and the time it gave him during the day to help care for his adult daughter, Bianca, who has special needs.

A longtime bachelor, he married his wife, Debbie, 10 years ago and took to family life, recalled Tom Casey, a friend who knew Francis since 1st grade. Francis paid college tuition for his wife's other daughter, Amanda, and spent most of his time off with family, colleagues said.

Francis joined the force in his 30s after graduating from St. Gregory's High School and doing a tour during the Vietnam War in the Navy's elite Seals program. After the Navy, he worked as a building engineer at the Union League Club downtown.

Francis was inspired to become an officer by Casey's father, who was a Chicago police officer and a mentor to Francis after his own father died when he was a boy, Casey said. He worked patrol in the Monroe and Near North Districts before joining the Belmont District eight years ago, earning 35 honorable mentions and a commendation from the department.

He loved country music, to the chagrin of his partners, and happily sang along to oldies rock 'n' roll. He teased his partners, chattering on the police radio by adding "Nam" to every other word, a reference to his Vietnam experience, Knutson said.


Thank you so much to all who leave flowers for
Officer Richard Francis
your flowers and messages are appreciated very much.


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Record added: Jul 04, 2008
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