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Dennis G. “Denny” Franz

March 4, 2022

Dennis   Gene   “Denny”   Franz   77,   died   Friday,   March   4,   2022   at   Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.   He was born September 11, 1944 in Newton,   Kansas   to   Marvin   and   Frieda   (Schroeder)   Franz.     On November 16, 1963 he married Rita Ann Schrag of Halstead.


Denny and Rita owned and operated Denny’s Heating & Cooling for 27 years until they sold and retired from the business.    Denny is known for having a genius mind and creating many one of a kind works of art.


He   is   survived   by   his   wife   Rita   of   the   home;   Daughters   Shellie(Brad) Stephens;  Robin (Chad)  Gay and  Shannon (John) Kingsley; Grandchildren Danny (Erin) Stephens; Sandi Stephens; Morgan (Austin) Gronau; Steven Gay; Reagan Gay; Coleman (Lauren) Kingsley; Jack Kingsley; and Kit Kingsley; Great-grandchildren Zane, Kalan, Sawyer, Linden, Hunter, Avalia, Allison, Clara, and Denny Jean;  Mother-in-law Waneta Showalter; Brother Dalice (Deanna) Franz; Sister-in-law Joyce Schnabel.


Denny is preceded in death by his parents and one sister Sharon Bender.


Memorial   service   will   be   10:00   a.m.,   Friday,   March   11,   2022   at Petersen   Funeral   Home   with   The   Reverend   Donna   Voteau presiding.   A   private   family   inurnment   will   be   in   the   Greenwood Cemetery Newton.


Memorials in Denny’s name may be made to Caring Hands Humane Society   or   Newton   High   School   Robotics   and   left   with   Petersen Funeral Home.

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6 thoughts on “Dennis G. “Denny” Franz

  1. Prayers being lifted for Rita, Shellie, Robin and Shannon during this time. Your husband and Dad was a wonderful and talented man. Asking God to reach out to each of you and your families as you need him. May God continue to bless each of you always.

  2. What a great man friend and mentor
    He will be missed so much
    All our sympathy to his family

  3. To Rita & all the Franz girls,
    I was so sad to hear of Denny’s passing! He was one of my favorites (❤️ Rehab days) He always had a smile & something funny to say 🙂 Thoughts & prayers are with you all! Marcia & Randy Mathews

  4. Denny was so talented and such a nice person. Bob remembers him for his sense of humor and for the ‘to scale’ minature tractor he built. He will be missed! Prayers for the comfort of his family during this time. Bob & Marlene Beeson

  5. In this saddest hour try to wrap yourself in all the beautiful memories that will forever live in your hearts and find comfort and peace in them.
    Our sincerest condolences during this heartbreaking time,
    Chris and Diane Nielsen

  6. Sincere sympathy, Robin…your father was a Newton icon, loved and appreciated by many. A life well livedm

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