Darell E. Franz, age 70, and passed away on May 25, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be at Schnider Funeral Home on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. His funeral service will be held at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., with private entombment to follow. A reception will be at Schnider Funeral Home following the service.
Darell was born in Jerseyville, Illinois to Wesley and Ellen (Phipps) Franz on April 7, 1944 and was raised in Jerseyville, where he graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1962. He joined the Air Force and served from 1963-1967, which relocated him to Great Falls, MT. He married Gloria (Zuncich) Franz on July 17, 1965. Darell worked at H-O Machine Shop for 32 years before opening his own business, Franz Automotive Machine in 2000.
Darell enjoyed fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and most of all spending time at his machine shop.
He is survived by his wife Gloria (Zuncich) Franz; his children, Raymond (Sharon) Franz of Great Falls, Rheann (John) Crowley of Spokane, WA, Rheshell (Shannon) McCaleb of Cheyenne, WY; and grandchildren James McCaleb of Stephensville, TX, and Brandon, Katie, and Cameron Crowley of Spokane, WA.
Darell was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Franz; mother Ellen (Phipps) Franz; step-mother Ella Franz; brother Delbert Franz; and stepbrother Kenneth Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Peace Hospice, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008.