North Lima - Charles Howard Francis, 72, of North Lima, was reunited with the love of his life, Debra J. Francis, on January 28, 2024, seven months after her passing.
Charles, known by many as “Chuck”, was born March 17, 1951 in Youngstown, OH, he was the son of the late Howard and Jeanette (Norton) Francis.
Charles attended South Range High School before proudly serving his country in the United States Army. After serving in the Vietnam War, he was honorably discharged and went on to work many years for U.S. Steel until their closure. Chuck then went to work for over 20 years at Landis Floors as an installer, working side-by-side with his son before retiring. Never one to sit still, Chuck decided to go back to work. He spent his “retired” years working with his son and son-in-law at BG Trucking and Construction.
A family man at heart, Chuck and Deb enjoyed camping at Beaver Creek and traveling to Fort Myers, Florida, never leaving their dog Mollie behind. Along with spending time with friends and family, you could often find him watching NASCAR and he attended many races. Chuck’s knack for fixing anything and love for classic cars was passed down to his son and grandson, as they enjoyed their time tinkering on vehicles in the garage. Being “Pappies” to his grandchildren was one of the greatest blessings in Chuck’s life. He always enjoyed the teaching moments he had with them. Some of their greatest memories were sleepovers at Bucca and Pappies house, building campfires, and he especially loved driving them in the Memorial Day Parade.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter, Renae (Tony) Cicchi of Canfield; son, Chuck (Michelle) Francis of North Lima; five grandchildren, Danielle (fiancé Dan Cipriano) Cicchi, Kaitlyn Francis, Gianna Cicchi, Ethan Francis, and Rhylee Keltz; three brothers, Norman (Evelyn Hayes) Francis of Tennessee, John Francis of Nevada, and Don (Donna) Francis of Mississippi; and sister-in-law, Barb Francis of Boardman.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bud, Bill, Jim and Howard Francis, JR. and sister, Beverly (Roger) Schlosser.
Per Chuck's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private service to render military honors will be held for the family.
The family would love to thank the local Veterans Affairs for the wonderful care and support of Chuck during this time.
Chuck was a very proud and humble United States veteran, the family asks that any donations be made to the Veterans Outreach Organization at https://veteransoutreach.org/donate/
Arrangements entrusted to Davis Becker Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent at www.beckerobits.com.