Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 28, 2005
John Floyd Franz
Born in Watertown, SD, John Franz was raised on a farm in Frankfort, SD. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served during WWII on the USS Pensacola and was awarded the Purple Heart. Upon his return he met June Wiggins, and they were married for 51 years.
He began Franz Furniture Business in Tacoma, WA, and upon retirement moved to Yelm, WA, to raise cattle and horses on his 280-acre ranch. He died Feb. 11 on his ranch while doing what he loved, putting his horses away for the night.
He was active in Yelm Moose, Eagles, FFA Alumni and Backcountry Horsemen. John liked people and enjoyed helping out whenever he could, and his big heart earned him many friends. An avid traveler, John joined many tours in this country and abroad.
He is survived by his children Kathleen Franz, Carl Franz-West (Bill) and Gregory Franz, and his grandson Tyler West. He is also survived by his three remaining siblings, Kay Young, Evelyn Madden and Cleo Roberts.