|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1983|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2005|
Spc. Lucas Allen Frantz, 22, Tonganoxie, KS, died Tuesday, October 18, 2005 in Mosul, Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lucas was born October 18, 1983 in Topeka, KS, and died on his birthday. He was a US Army vehicle commander assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and had been based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska before being deployed to Iraq.
He was a 2002 graduate of Tonganoxie High School where he was an outstanding football player. In a ceremony last Friday, his team retired his football number at their league game in Tonganoxie. On July 16, 2003 he was united in marriage to Kelly Lee Qualls in Leavenworth, KS.
From futons to recliners, Lucas A. Frantz somehow seemed to break several pieces of furniture just by sitting in them. While in the Army, he managed to break a cot as well. "Lucas was a big guy," said his wife, Kelly. "Everybody knew that about him. He just would kind of break stuff."
A 2002 high school graduate, he was assigned to Fort Wainwright. Frantz was an offensive lineman and linebacker in high school and wanted to become a police officer when he finished his military service. He joined the Army Reserve a week after he turned 17.
"He was a coach's dream because of his dedication," said Mark Elston, Lucas' former coach. "When he put the helmet on, he was ready to scrap it out, but when he took the helmet off, you couldn't ask for a better kid."
On their first date as teenagers, Lucas and Kelly, walked around the high school's football track together until 3 a.m. They'd met while stocking cat food at the local grocery store. "That was just Lucas. He was so comforting to be around and so easy to be with," said Kelly's mother, Pam Jeannin.
He is survived by his wife, Kelly Lee Frantz, of the home; his parents, Lorrie and Tim VanDruff, Rossville, KS; brother, Matt VanDruff, and sister, Staci VanDruff, both of Rossville, KS; his grandparents, Karen Hildebrandt, Rossville, KS and Larry and Helen VanDruff, Tonganoxie and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be 12 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 2005 at the V.F.W. Park, Tonganoxie, KS. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie, KS.
Memorials are suggested to the Lucas Frantz Fund to be used for a memorial to honor him.
(Arr; Quisenberry Funeral Home, 913-845-2740).
Published in the Kansas City Star on 10/23/2005.
Maple Grove Cemetery
Created by: Judi Wollenziehn
Record added: Dec 27, 2005
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