Born in western Pennsylvania, World War II veteran Henry A. Franz proudly served his country in the armed forces.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was stationed in Hawaii working as an electrician helping to repair ships, his daughter Cindy Franz said.
Upon being discharged from the Navy, Franz enlisted in the U.S. Army and was immediately appointed to Officers’ Training School, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. After his discharge from the service, Franz began working for U.S. Steel near Pittsburgh until he was transferred to Fairless Works near Philadelphia, Cindy Franz said.
In 1969 he transferred to Gary Works, continuing to work as a consultant in the steel industry after his retirement in 1983, traveling in the United States and around the world including the Republic of China (Taiwan), India and Germany.
Franz had many relatives in Austria, Germany and Romania whom he enjoyed visiting, his daughter said.
Franz, 88, of Crown Point, was a member of the Freemasons in Pennsylvania. In 1949, Franz married his wife of 42 years, Cecelia, who died in 1991.
After Cecelia's passing, Franz met his wife of 18 years, Barbara Sebben, in 1991. The couple married in 1995. During their marriage, Franz loved sharing holidays and picnics and visiting the family with his wife, Cindy Franz said.
“He most loved taking vacations with Barb close to the water going to South Haven, Michigan and down to Gulf Shores, Alabama,” Cindy Franz said.
“He loved being with his wife and their friends,” Cindy Franz said. “He loved making his women comfortable and he was always very pleasant and respectful.”