David A. Franz

David A.Franz was born on April 29th, 1967. He was called home on January 19, 2021.

David had three passions in life: driving truck, cooking, and family and friends. He enjoyed sights from his seat in the  “big truck” and meeting people along the way. Affectionately known as Red Beard to those people on the road.

David loved experimenting in the kitchen. He always made enough to feed an army and he was happy to share .

He was a very kind and generous soul. It is said that his heart was bigger than him.

David is missed by his mother, Karen Franz and special friend Ron Kurpieski of Ohio, his sister, Aimee Franz and fiancée Adam Blanke of Manitowoc, his stepdad Carl of Fond du Lac, close friend, Terri Larson and fur baby, Frost, countless family and friends, and truck drivers across the country.

A celebration of David’s life and his love of food will be shared from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Saturday April 24, 2021 at Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, 4638 Expo Drive Manitowoc.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.lendmanfh.com

The Lendman Funeral Home & Gathering Center, Manitowoc is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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