SALEM - Orin "Barney" Franks, 98, died Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Blossom Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born May 14, 1922 in Columbiana, son of the late Fred E. and Zora M. (Crawford) Franks.
Barney served in the United States Army during World War II where he received a purple heart. He worked as a painter for Electric Furnace for 28 years. Barney was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Diana "Dee Dee" Wallace and Marsha Ann (Don) Paulin; five grandchildren, Doug Falk, Brian (Robin) Falk, Megan (Josh) Wyatt, Sarah (Sam) Jones, Katrina (Michael French all of Salem; three great-grandchildren, Aden Wyatt, Carlin and Clay Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna M. (Lutz) Franks, whom he married May 10, 1947, died February 4, 1999; his companion Mary Lou Barnes of 19 years, died in June 2020; a sister, Elaine Morgan; four brothers, Ted, Bud, Richard and Charles Franks; and a son-in-law, Roger Wallace.
A Private funeral service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Wednesday with Pastor Alan Smearsoll officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery with military honors provided by the Salem Honor Guard.
Calling hours will be held from 4-7p.m. Tuesday at Stark Memorial. Please adhere to social distancing, do not linger, and bring your own mask.
If unable to attend, you may show your support by joining our complimentary "Hugs from Home" program where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support at www.starkmemorial.com/hugs-from-home.
Share your respects and memories with the family with a recorded video message at https://www.starkmemorial.com/virtualhugs.
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Emmanuel Lutheran Church
291 S. Broadway Ave., Salem OH 44460