Luther Paul Francis


Luther Paul Francis, 94, of Columbus, died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Brown County Health and Living Community.

Mr. Francis was born February 3, 1923, in Barwick, Kentucky, the son of Monroe and Linda Stidham Francis.

Luther was a proud WW II veteran whom served in General George Patton’s 1st Army. He was a tank driver that traveled over the grounds of Germany, Italy and North Africa. Luther started his family in Hazard, Kentucky and then moved to Ohio where he worked at McCall’s Magazine Factory for 20 years. After his retirement, Mr. Francis relocated to Naples, Florida where he enjoyed a part time job of security guard at a local golf club. In 2009, it was time to move to Columbus, Indiana. Luther also became excellent at playing the banjo after 89 years! He played with a variety of bands on many stages during this time.

Surviving are his daughters, Linda (Chuck) Saunders of Germantown, Ohio, Virginia Francis of Dayton, Ohio, Nedia (Henry) Bozeman of Fort Payne, Alabama; granddaughter, Jessica Francis; several other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and caregiver, Elaine Seitz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Douglas Francis; three brothers; and one sister.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation will take place and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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Arrangements entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.