Paul L. Franks, age 84, of Portland passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at Bluffton Regional Hospital.

He was born in Portland on May 21, 1935, the son of James T. and Irene (Nickols) Franks. He was married Sept. 28, 1961, to Alice Davis who survives. He was retired as a mechanic at Ball State University.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Alice; three sons, Chester Franks (wife: Amy) of Portland, Doug Franks of Portland and Lucas Franks (wife: Anna) of Dunkirk; three daughters, Arlinda Etchison (husband: Jerry) of Frankton, Sheryl Ballard (husband: Greg) of Portland and Sabrina Pax of Portland; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding. Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery in Maxville. Visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Memorials can be made to Kidney Foundation or Evangelical Methodist Church.

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