Franklin Ahartz, age 68, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Milbank died June 28, 2013, at Sanford Hospice Care in Sioux Falls.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Gary DeRouchey will officiate and burial will be in the St. Lawrence Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Mundwiler Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 - 7 p.m. A scripture and rosary service will be held at 7 p.m.
Honorary bearers will be Frank's grandchildren; all friends and family in Sioux Falls and Milbank.
Music will be provided by Nancy Johnson, organist and the St. Lawrence Funeral Choir.
Franklin Jerome Ahartz was born February 15, 1945, in Milbank, SD. He was the son of Andrew and Helen (DeClerq) Ahartz. He attended school in Milbank and earned his GED in Sioux Falls. Frank was united in marriage with Joann Boogaard on September 5, 1964, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank.
Frank worked various jobs including car auto body and car sales. He operated a cleaning service and while living in Sioux Falls was a valet for Sanford Hospital. Frank loved music and enjoyed playing in a band. He loved people and people loved Frank! He was a "happy go lucky" man and could fix anything! He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially ice fishing. Frank was passionate with political affairs. He enjoyed working on campaigns and attending rallies. Frank was an active member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Sioux Falls and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joann of Sioux Falls, SD; two sons and daughters-in-law: Shannon and Laura Ahartz of Henderson, NV; Trevor and Amber Ahartz of Des Moines, IA; four grandchildren: Camille, Adelynn, Jack, and Lailah, all of Des Moines, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Helen Ahartz.
Read Franklin Ahartz's Obituary and Guestbook on www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.