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Victor Rupert Franz

Schrag, Adams County, Washington, USA
Death 17 Jan 2017 (aged 96)
Ephrata, Grant County, Washington, USA
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 175480296 · View Source
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Victor Rupert Franz, 96, of Moses Lake, Washington, surrounded by his family, died on Jan. 17, 2017 at the Columbia Basin Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Ephrata.

He was born June 29, 1920 in Adams County near Schrag, at the family home, to Peter L. and Agnetha (Ewert) Franz. Vic attended grade school at the Schrag School and graduated from Lind High School in 1938.

Vic married Phyllis Anne Tucker Feb. 16, 1951. They were married 58 years before his beloved Phyllis died in 2009.

Vic started farming right out of high school. He always had an innate curiosity about the world around him. He began deep well irrigation in 1968 on a portion of the farm. He also ran a cow-calf operation for many years and was involved with the development and manufacture of the FRANZ shovel, designed for deep seeding dry land winter wheat.

After turning the farm over to their sons, Vic and Phyl retired to Moses Lake in 1985.

Vic loved flying. He owned many different airplanes over the years and was known as a skilled pilot, especially after having a propeller hub fail, tearing the motor from the plane, but still being able to land unscathed. Vic and Phyl always had a special place in their hearts for all the good friends they made being involved with International Flying Farmers as well as the Washington Chapter of IFF.

They took many trips all across the US and Canada, and to Mexico and Central America.

Vic was a member of Menno Mennonite Church, International Flying Farmers, serving as President 1984-85, The Lind Grange Supply Board of Directors, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, and Farm Bureau. He also served as an Adams County Fire Commissioner.

Vic is survived by his son, Randy Franz, wife Barb, their daughters Amber Slate, Michelle Rogers and husband Raimond; daughter Pam Bowman, her daughter Renea, significant other Ian MacDonnell, and their son Gabe; son Curt Franz, significant other Ruth Dasch, his son Pete Franz, wife Tessa, and their sons Ayden and Ethan, and Curt’s daughter Anna.

Preceding him in death were his wife Phyllis, his parents, his brothers Walter, Albert, and Arnold, and sisters Bertha and Sylvia.

A Memorial Service will be held March 4, 2017 at the Menno Mennonite Church in Ritzville, Washington, with a fellowship meal after. Internment at Menno Mennonite Cemetery. Kayser’s Chapel of Memories is in charge of the arrangements.

Gifts in remembrance of Vic may be sent to Mennonite Country Auction or to the International Flying Farmers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.

ref: Ritzville-Adams County Journal, February 16, 2017

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Victor Rupert Franz (29 Jun 1920–17 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175480296, citing Menno Cemetery, Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by LDR (contributor 47300676) .