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Barney Franks

May 14, 1922 ~ February 20, 2021 (age 98)

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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.
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February 23, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stark Memorial
1014 East State Street
Salem, OH 44460

Private Family Service
February 24, 2021

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
291 South Broadway
Salem, OH 44460


Emmanuel Lutheran Church
291 S. Broadway Ave., Salem OH 44460
Tel: 1-330-332-5042

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