Jacob FrancJacob Franc, 92, of Bethel, husband of the late Hazel Franc, died on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Danbury Hospital.

Mr. Franc was born in Bethel, July 24, 1925, a son of the late Albert and Mary (Brudz) Franc, next to the youngest of eight children. He attended the Stony Hill Schoolhouse and graduated from Bethel High School in the Class of 1944. Three months prior to his graduation from Bethel High School, Mr. Franc was notified by the Selective Service of being drafted to serve in the military.

While in basic training, Mr. Franc was allowed to return back to Bethel to graduate with his senior class and was able to wear his U.S. Army uniform and not the traditional cap and gown.

Jacob returned back to basic training and was assigned to the 63rd Infantry Division serving in France and Germany during World War II.

While in Germany, after a battle, Jacob and his comrades volunteered to walk snow covered mine fields to search and rescue or search and recover the wounded and dead soldiers.

Jacob was awarded a bronze star. After the war when asked why he would volunteer for this mission, Jacob said he would want someone to go out and get him if he was there.

When World War II ended, Jacob returned to Bethel, worked on the family farm for years.

In June 24, 1952, Jacob was united in marriage to Hazel Schrack. Together, they had two daughters, Mary and Jo-Ann. Jo-Ann predeceased her parents in 1975 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.

Jacob was employed with Telesco Mason Supply and later with O&G Industries as a cement mixer truck driver.

Jacob loved driving a cement mixer and would also help his family on the farm after work and on Saturdays.

Upon retirement from being a cement mixer truck driver, he continued to help on the family farm. He enjoyed keeping his lawn maintained and always planted a vegetable garden of which he was most proud.

Jacob enjoyed his dogs and cats, Vermont vacations and enjoyed doing the mechanic work on his cars and trucks.

He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 677 and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of Danbury.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Franc; a sister Anna Franc; a sister in law Rachael Franc and a brother and sister in law Raymond and Barbara Schrack as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, wife and daughter, Mr. Franc was predeceased by his brothers, Stanley, Frank, Ambrose and John and by his sisters, Jadwedia and Sophie.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:30 am in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury .

Interment will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury with military honors.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home on Friday from 10:15 am to 11:15 am.

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