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“God bless you grandpa. ”
1 of 36 | Posted by: David - Minster, OH - Grandson

“I feel extremely blessed to have known your Dad. As a kid he was just a parent, but as I became an adult I had the opportunity to know him. He...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Magoto House of Flowers & Gifts - OH

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of Tom Francis. Mr. Tom Francis was one of the kindest, most generous person I have ever had...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Mark Youtz - Troy, OH

“Here is a copy of the Eulogy that I read today at Dad's funeral: Good morning. On behalf of my brothers and sisters, our spouses, all the...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Brad Francis - Russia, OH - Son

“To the Francis family, sorry for your loss. Praying for your family. ”
5 of 36 | Posted by: Chuck Runner - Versailles, OH

“To the Francis family: Sending our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Father. I always felt everyone in your family had all the best...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Dave and Marge (Borchers) Schmitmeyer - OH

“Tom has built a family and business legacy that is truly admirable. He was and will always be a blessing to his family, the employees of his...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Peter Keck - Fremont, IN

“Tom was a kind and caring man and we are blessed to have known him. He was so proud of his wonderful family and he was devoted to each and every...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Mary Gail Hein - Austin, TX

“Where do I begin with my memories of Uncle Tommy .......and Aunt Corrine? From the time I was a toddler, I would cross the yard to spend time at...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Kay and Charlie Wendeln - Russia, OH

“I would like to extend my deep, heartfelt sympathy to you during this time of loss.   Tom will be sorely missed by all who knew him as a family...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Fred Lyle - Louisville , KY

“Tommy Francis, one the most friendliest men I have ever known. He always I mean always had time to talk to anyone and was the most respected man by...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: LUKE BOERGER - PIQUA, OH

“We are very sad that Uncle tommy has passed. He was the last of our very special Uncles. Will always remember the good times & conversations we...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: George & Particia Howie - KY

“Tommy was one of the greatest men I have ever met. He was always a friendly ,sweet,caring,and kind person. He always made me feel so special every...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Zahada Armstrong - Versailles, OH

“What a great man. I use the term "Prince of a Man" when I describe Tom to others. Was close to and proud of his family, knew what was important at...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Doug Borchers - Russia, OH

“Dave, Bill & the rest of the Francis Family:: My deepest sympathy on the passing of your father, I not only considered him as a customer and...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Bill Yeager - Fremont,, OH

“To the Family of Tom Francis, So many memories, so many fun times, so many accomplishments over the 90 year life of such a wonderful and generous...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Dave & Debby Boerger - MI

“We have fond memories of Tom's great smile & his caring, bright personality. He will be missed!! "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Dan & Stacy Grisez - Versailles, OH

“We send our deepest sympathy to the entire Francis family. Tom was a very kind man who cherished his family and community. He will be missed. ...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Gary and Jody Reed - Sidney, OH

“Tom was a kind person. He was a guy who loved people and enjoyed sharing a glass of wine and a few stories at the drop of a hat, I miss him already....Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Dennis Ruble - Sidney, OH

“Tommy Francis made a very important mark in the world. His generosity, integrity and work ethic made him a remarkable man. He always made both of...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Dave and Sandy Monnin - Sidney, OH

“I was blessed to have this special man as my GodFather. Even though we have lived 1,000 miles from Russia for most of my life, he was always excited...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Joyce McLane - Windermere, FL

“Uncle Tommy wasa great man. He was so sweet, friendly, caring, generaous, kind and very sentimental. He was so proud of Corrine and ALL of his family...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Glo Quinter - Houston, OH - Niece

“My deepest sympathy to the Francis family. Jane Grillot Laloge. Piqua,Ohio ”
23 of 36 | Posted by: Jane Grillot Laloge - OH

“I first met Tom in the early 70's and became a business associate of his in 1980. Tom always seemed up and happy and was fun to be around. In...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Bob Clune - OH - friend

“When I heard of Tom's passing, an amazing number of memories were rekindled. He was successful, generous, and a lot of fun. I'm proud to have been...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Dave Ross - Goodyeaqr, AZ

“Tommy was one of the REAL people we have ever met. He loved family, his faith, and his community. Every conversation we had with Tommy was unique...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Lew & Judy Blackford - Powell, OH

“I only met Tom a couple of years ago. I will never forget the joy and love he expressed for his whole family and, especially, his wife, Corrine. I am...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Mary Laver - Erie, PA

“So osrry to hear of your loss of my Mom's and Russ's dear friend when they were all young. God Bless you Carol Ragalie ”
28 of 36 | Posted by: Carol Feldman Ragalie - OH

“A member of the greatest generation, devoted father, a man of integrity. Mr. Francis left a legacy of wonderful kids, grandkids, and great...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: The Novickis - Louisville, KY

“I will really miss Uncle Tom. He was always so kind, humble, and friendly. Never did I talk with him that he did not have a smile and a story to...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Donna and Pete Kitta - Vandalia, OH

“I found this poem and I felt that it was a fit with Mr. Francis. He will be missed in our community. He was a loving and giving man not only to his...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Judie Gaerke - Russia, OH

“Uncle Tommy will sure be missed. Such a great man. He will leave behind a wonderful legacy in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren....Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Ann Rethman Gilbertson - WI

“I can remember Tommy from the time I was a little boy. When he and Corrine would come over and visit my mom & dad (George), Tommy would always shake...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: John E Coffield - Sidney, OH

“A loving husband, a proud father, a great American, and a wonderful boss. I'll miss greeting him everyday at work, he was always smiling. Just an...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Janel Grillot - Russia - Employee

“Would like to acknowledge the pleasure of knowing Tom. He always had a smile and shared stories of my father Barney. He made an effort everytime...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Scott and Gail Reardon - Piqua, OH

“Your father will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss. ”
36 of 36 | Posted by: Nichole Bruns Schulze


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Thomas V. Francis, age 90, of 214 W. Main St., Russia, Ohio passed away at 3:07 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2013 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio. He was born August 29, 1922 in Russia, Ohio to Felix and Anna (Voisard) Francis. He was a lifelong resident of Russia and a 1940 graduate of Russia High School. On February 28, 1946, he married Corrine R. Puthoff in St. Patrick, Ohio. She died on May 11, 1995. Surviving are four sons and three daughters and their spouses; William and Mary Louise (Sherman) Francis of Russia, Kathy and Dale Nichols of Russia, Shirley and James Shenk of Minster, David and Clarice (Novicki) Francis of Troy, Patrick and Susan (Diller) Francis of Troy, Renee and Jay Purpus of Minster, and Bradley and Melissa (Raterman) Francis of Russia. He is also survived by 29 Grandchildren, 2 Step-Grandchildren, 38 Great Grandchildren and 5 Step-Great Grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Robert (Jeanette) Scofield of Van Wert and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Leo (Mary) Francis of Russia. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Wilmer (Cora), Delbert (Ruth), Glenn (Melva), Earl (Marie) and Leo, and two sisters, Mrs. Ora (Gertrude) Armstrong and Mrs. James (Freda) Daugherty. Tom was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia. He was also a United States Navy Veteran of World War II serving from 1942 to 1946 with two years in the Southwest Pacific Islands, Lifetime charter member of the World War II Memorial - Washington DC, Charter member National World War II Museum - New Orleans, member of the United States Navy Memorial Foundation - Washington DC. He was co-founder of Francis Manufacturing Company in Russia, established 1946 and served as President of the company until his retirement in 1991. He was co-owner of Superior Aluminum Products in Russia and served as President from 1966-1993. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post 661, Life Member of Sidney American Legion Post 217, Life Member and past Grand Knight of St. Remy Council of the Knights of Columbus, Past President of the Russia Civic Association, member of Russia Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, served on Board of Directors of Bank One, Sidney for 21 years, served on Board of Directors of Community Lanes in Minster, served on Board of Trustees Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, served on board of Trustees Wilson Hospital Foundation and established the Thomas V. and Corrine R. Francis Family Foundation in 1995. Mr. Francis was selected as the 2003 recipient of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce "Zenith Award" for his accomplishments and contributions to the community. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Remy Catholic Church with Fr. Frank Amberger, Presider. Burial will follow at St. Remy Cemetery with full military rites. Calling hours will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00-9:45 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Russia. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wilson Memorial Hospice Care or to the charity of the donor's choice.