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John Richard Franz
  • February 24, 1949
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  • November 08, 2019

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John Richard Franz, 70 of Ft. Myers, FL passed away on November 8, 2019 at The Lodge of Cypress Cove.  John was born on February 24, 1949 in Napoleon, Ohio to Eldor Lewis Franz and Betty Gene (Rohrs) Franz.  John was a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.  Following graduation, John pursued a successful career in the dental business, starting with Litton, as a salesman, and working his way up to CEO of KaVo Dental.  John enjoyed his leisure time golfing, boating, and fishing, as his career took him to Savannah, GA; Devil’s Lake, MI; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; and Germany before bringing him to Fort Myers, FL.  As we all know, John was a people person and doted on his family and friends.  Smiling was his signature attribute.  John was a member of The Landings’ Men’s 18 Hole League and accomplished 3 hole-in-ones during his lifetime. John also was a member of the “ROMEO” group, sharing stories and good laughs with dear friends.  But John’s dearest friend was Sabine and he loved day long boating and fishing trips with her in the gulf.  John is survived by his loving wife, Sabine Franz of Ft. Myers; his mother, Betty Gene Franz of Napoleon, OH; his daughter, Sarah DeMark of Salt lake City, UT; his daughter, Emily Mause(Chris) of Tempe, AZ; his brother, Bill Franz(Laurie) of Dayton, OH; his brother Tom Franz(Jan) of Napoleon, OH;  his granddaughter, Kate; his grandson, Brian; his nieces and nephews, and his many friends. John was preceded in death by his father, Eldor Lewis Franz and his beloved pet dog, Fido. Private services will be held. Memorial Donations may be made in memory of John to Hope Hospice or to the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Arrangements are under the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society, Ft. Myers, FL. 


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  1. 25 Nov 2019
    Brian and Karen Broncatti says:
    You were a great man John and I would not be where I am today without your help and guidance. Rest in peace my friend!

  2. 21 Nov 2019
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    Lit since November 21, 2019 at 11:28:20 PM

  3. 19 Nov 2019
    Bill Kochelek lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2019 at 11:34:03 PM

  4. 18 Nov 2019
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    Lit since November 18, 2019 at 11:31:37 AM

  5. 18 Nov 2019
    Udo Danner says:
    Herzliches Beileid Sabine.

  6. 18 Nov 2019
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    Lit since November 18, 2019 at 11:19:38 AM

  7. 16 Nov 2019
    Karin und Heinz lit a candle:
    Lit since November 16, 2019 at 11:56:39 PM

  8. 16 Nov 2019
    Carol Weldin says:
    John Franz was the consummate professional who gave me my opportunity in the dental profession as a consultant to Brasseler USA when he was the President. He was a wonderful mentor who encouraged me to be the best I can be.

    I will always be grateful to this man for my opportunity and who paved the way for many sales representatives who went on to have outstanding careers in the dental field.

    Sending my condolences to his family for the loss of this wonderful person who died way too young.

  9. 16 Nov 2019
    Pamela Galusky says:
    The news of Johns passing is the saddest ever, I cherish the years we worked together and the friendship that was always there, He would always give a call to check in and stay in touch. My sympathies to his family. He will be greatly missed. I will miss you my friend!!

  10. 16 Nov 2019
    Pamela Galusky says:
    The news of Johns passing so saddens me. He was a great friend for all the years we worked together and even after. He always took time to check in. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  11. 13 Nov 2019
    Donna M Pollex Najarian says:
    Dear Sarah and Emily - My deepest sympathy to you and your family including your precious Mom. Many pleasant memories of fun at Devil's Lake. Donna Pollex-Najarian.

  12. 13 Nov 2019
    Jeff and Marianne Thibadeau says:
    To John’s family, he will be missed by so many, whose lives he touched. He was a truly talented leader and generous mentor, who inspired hard work and camaraderie. His earnest smile, humble demeanor and his delight for life’s simple pleasures, like a good steak, served with tater-tots, will endure in our memories of John.

  13. 13 Nov 2019
    Sue & John Basher says:
    We will always remember the good times we had together

  14. 13 Nov 2019
    Klaus und Maria Gerber lit a candle:
    Lit since November 13, 2019 at 11:23:54 AM

  15. 13 Nov 2019
    A. Miller says:
    John was the business man i strived to be.
    He was a mentor to me in so many ways.
    He always had time to listen and to lend his opinion.
    He was "firm but flexible".
    He would give you the shirt he was wearing if you needed it.
    I would not be in the dental field if it was not for John and i would not be where i am today if it was not for him.
    Thanks to John I met the woman of my dreams and am forever grateful to him for that.
    Until we meet again, rest well John and we'll tee it up together in Heaven one day.

  16. 12 Nov 2019
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    Lit since November 12, 2019 at 11:22:27 PM

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    Lit since November 12, 2019 at 11:17:16 PM

  18. 12 Nov 2019
    Christian Brutzer says:
    A great member of the dental industry has passed on! Thank you, John, for all you did for the DTA and the industry overall. Rip

  19. 12 Nov 2019
    Maria und Franz lit a candle:
    Lit since November 12, 2019 at 11:58:22 AM

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    Lore lit a candle:
    Lit since November 12, 2019 at 11:32:47 AM

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    Lit since November 12, 2019 at 11:00:57 AM

  22. 12 Nov 2019
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    Lit since November 12, 2019 at 11:23:01 AM

  23. 11 Nov 2019
    Carina und Robert says:
    John wir werden dich vermissen. Du wirst stets einen Platz in unseren Herzen haben. Schade, dass du uns so früh verlassen hast. Sabine wir fühlen mit dir. Unser Mitgefühl gilt auch seinen Kindern und Geschwistern.
    Liebe Grüsse, Carina und Robert

  24. 11 Nov 2019
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    Lit since November 11, 2019 at 11:28:23 PM

  25. 11 Nov 2019
    Michael Carmen Manuel Kathrin lit a candle:
    Lit since November 11, 2019 at 11:49:40 PM

  26. 11 Nov 2019
    Claudia Schilling lit a candle:
    Lit since November 11, 2019 at 11:46:39 PM

  27. 10 Nov 2019
    Carol (Koop) Lang posted an image:
    The women of KaVo <br />
A family...
    The women of KaVo
    A family...

  28. 10 Nov 2019
    Carol (Koop) Lang says:
    Truly a great man, a leader, a mentor. He challenged those in his presence to not only push through but to excel and surpass self limiting beliefs
    His smile and gregariousness captured your heart and made you a forever friend and/or admired colleague.
    He was true to his word, a a noble feat in a world of bs
    His open door philosophy and problem solving abilities left the world eating his dust.
    He opened many doors for me, mainly my own ability to become an entrepreneur who now works with world renowned musicians ... a dream come true.
    And while it took some coaxing, I’m a huge fan of seared tuna and single malt scotch (truth serum... and way better than Dewars)
    My friend, and sparring work mentor, John, forever changed the landscape and definition of “boss” to “leader”
    Work hard, play harder
    Rest easy, my friend. You are loved and will be remembered.
    Hugs to Sabine and all those who loved him
    He changed our lives and we are better because we knew him.

  29. 10 Nov 2019
    Jeff & Annette Barrett says:
    Our thoughts are with the family and friends of John. He was truly one of the most genuine, likable, humans to be around. Personally I can't say enough about John and his family. They are wonderful people. All the best to Emily and Sarah.

    Jeff and Annette

  30. 10 Nov 2019
    The Freytag family lit a candle:
    Lit since November 10, 2019 at 11:41:34 PM

  31. 10 Nov 2019
    Tom & Jan Franz lit a candle:
    Lit since November 10, 2019 at 11:24:38 PM

  32. 10 Nov 2019
    Bill Wade posted an image:
    Wonderful Memories
    Wonderful Memories

  33. 10 Nov 2019
    Joan Wade says:
    Thinking of you Sarah & Emily along with your families & your mom

  34. 10 Nov 2019
    Christine, Bernd, Anja und Renè mit den Boys says:
    Wir fühlen mit euch. John war ein ganz besonderer Mensch, der auch unser Leben bereichert hat mit seiner liebenswürdigen Personality. Wir behalten ihn in liebevoller Erinnerung, er hat immer einen Platz in unserem Herzen.

  35. 10 Nov 2019
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    Lit since November 10, 2019 at 11:49:39 PM

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    Lit since November 10, 2019 at 11:48:16 PM

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