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1959 John 2023

John O. Franks

December 2, 1959 — February 11, 2023


SSGT John O. Franks was born in Wausau on December 2, 1959, to William and Gwendolyn (Egdahl) Franks. The family moved to Arizona when he was five years old. He met and married the love of his life Jean Strout on May 14, 1983, in Phoenix. 

He went to New Mexico Military Institute to prepare for his career in the military. He spent five years in the Army Reserves, achieving the rank of Captain before resigning his commission and joining the Marine Corps. He proudly served his country during Desert Shield/Storm retiring with Staff Sargent rank.

He spent his free time fishing, hanging out with his family and friends, and working on any computer he could. He loved to troubleshoot computer problems. John was fiercely loyal and protective of his friends and family. People always sought out John to help them with their problems. He was known for his endless heart. 

Johns's quick and quirky wit and unique laugh will always be remembered. He is survived by his wife, Jean Franks, daughter, son-in-law Chris & Kristy Chula, and son Michael Franks. Along with his grandchildren Anna, Lilith, and Cara. 

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Gwendolyn Franks, his brother Paul Franks, and his grandson Daemon Lee.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)

Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center- Everest Chapel

5712 Memorial Court, Weston, WI 54476

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