Mr. J. Herbert Frantz, 87, of 10471 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, Pa., died at 12:29 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Quincy Village. He had been in declining health since May.
Born Oct. 6, 1924, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late J. Harlan and Lois (Eshelman) Frantz. He lived his entire life at the property on Buchanan Trail East.
He and his wife of more than 61 years, Alma K. (Kuhn) Frantz, were married May 19, 1951, in Waynesboro.
Mr. Frantz was self-employed as a farmer all of his life. He was a dairy farmer who enjoyed raising horses and mules. In later years, he and his family also grew produce.
He attended services at Otterbein Church, Waynesboro.
He was a member of the National Belgian Association, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Franklin County Farmers Association and the Mason Dixon Farm Advisory Council. He was an honorary life member of the Pennsylvania Draft Horse and Mule Association, and an honorary member of ATH&L Fire Hall, Waynesboro.
Mr. Frantz enjoyed his horses and mules, including using them for parades, hayrides, pulling Conestoga wagons and showing them at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. In 1981, he won Grand Champion Stallion at the Pennsylvania Farm Show with his horse Master Bob Farceur. He enjoyed attending horse and mule sales, steam engine events and helping to thresh. He was also a lifelong friend of J.C. Penney.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, John H. Frantz and his wife, Jean, of Waynesboro, Kathy F. Hahn and her husband, Roger, of Japan, Alan W. Frantz and his wife, Lori, of Waynesboro, and David R. Frantz and his wife, Victoria, of Marion, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur H. Frantz of Waynesboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Koons.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with Pastor John Mullen officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Life Lutheran Services Inc., 840 Fifth Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.