Born: December 2, 1932
Death: June 19, 2013
December 2, 1932 -
June 19, 2013
Richard Franko, 80, of Winamac, IN (formerly of Chicago, IL and Fontana, CA) passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at his home in Winamac. He was born on December 2, 1932 in Chicago, IL to the late Joseph and Mary Hochevar Franko.
Richard grew up on the East Side of Chicago. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. When he returned from Korea, he moved to Fontana with his family. He served 8 years in the US Army Reserves. While living in California, he worked at Kaiser Steel. He retired from the steel mill and went to work for the Fontana School District. He retired from the school in 1994 and moved to Winamac in 1995. Richard enjoyed living in Winamac very much.
Richard was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #748 in Knox, IN and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #220 in Chicago. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Winamac.
He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Winamac.
Richard was a caring and generous man. He acted as a caretaker for many family members over the years. "Uncle Rich" will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by:
Many Nieces and Nephews
Edith Michielsen, Winamac, IN Companion
Preceded in death by:
Joseph Franko, Father
Mary Hochevar Franko, Mother
Joseph "Joe" (Josephine) Franko, Brother & Sister-in-law
Edward (Molly) Franko, Brother & Sister-in-law
Marie (Louis) Kukman, Sister & Brother-in-law
Virginia (Thomas) Langbeen, Sister & Brother-in-law
Frances (Steve) Kasperzyk, Sister & Brother-in-law
Raymond W. (Mary) Franko, Brother & Sister-in-law
Lawrence Franko, Brother
Albert "Skip" Franko, Brother
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM EDT Monday, June 24, 2013 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. Ambrose Ziegler officiating.
Burial will take place in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services.
Visitation will be from 3-9 PM EDT Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Frain Mortuary.
Memorial Contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or Knox VFW.