Gary Patrick Frantz, 54, of Leavenworth, was greeted at the gates of heaven by four men who stood with open arms to welcome their father, brother and son home, Jan 27, 2017.
Gary Patrick Frantz, 54, of Leavenworth, was greeted at the gates of heaven by four men who stood with open arms to welcome their father, brother and son home, Jan 27, 2017. He was born March 22, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., to Gary M. Frantz and Judy K. Smith.
He graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh in 1980. Gary retired from UPS.
So often referred to as a Gentle Giant with a heart of Gold, always willing to lend a hand and committed to the service of others because he felt he got back more than he gave. Gary volunteered ringing bells for the Salvation Army, placing wreaths on soldier’s graves for Wreaths Across America and serving soldiers and their families holiday meal on Fort Leavenworth. He was a regular fixture at events for Survivor Outreach Services (SOS), the Spouse’s Club, the Mobilization and Deployment Program and anywhere else he could volunteer through the Army Community Service (ACS). Gary also volunteered with the Missouri Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit, Celebration at the Station and the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall exhibit.
Every week Gary spent his time with local Veterans at the VFW listening to their stories and sharing some of his own. He would also help at the VA Hospital in Leavenworth where he worked with the education department staff setting up simulation training for the hospital medical staff.
In his spare time, Gary would cheer on the Chiefs, Royals or KU Men’s basketball team with friends. He was also a member of the Checkered Flag RC Raceway.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Frantz and Corporal Lucas A. Frantz (Iraq War, 2005); a brother, Michael David Frantz; a niece, Jessi Welch; his father and stepfather, Billy Smith; and a grandmother Mary Hudson.
Gary is survived by a son, Patrick Casey Frantz of Leavenworth; his mother; one brother, Scott “Scotty” (Stacy) Smith; two sisters, Donna Meyer and Billie Welch all of Topeka, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to any organization Gary volunteered for to ensure his legacy of kindness and compassion for others will continue on in his memory.