Obituary for Richard A. Frantz


Richard A. Frantz

February 17, 1958 - November 9, 2020

Richard A. Frantz, 62, of Indianapolis, formerly of Clyde, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home on November 9, 2020. Richard was born February 17, 1958 to the late Clarence and Rita (Lamb) Frantz in Fremont, Ohio.

He was a graduate of Clyde High School in Clyde, Ohio and attended Terra State Community College graduating with an Associate degree in Criminal Justice. Richard proudly served in the United States Army from 1980 to 1983 and Army Reserves until 1986. He joined The Indianapolis Police Department as a Patrolman in 1984 and retired after 28 years of service in 2012. He received many commendations during his years as a Patrolman. Richard was an avid fan of Ohio State football, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Indians. If it was a sport team from northern Ohio, he was fan.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Terri; daughter, Jillian (Ken) Cooper of Santa Clarita, California; step-son Michael (Amanda) Hubenthal of Fairland; step-daughter, Kellie Berkebile of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Madison Cooper, Sasha Cooper, Ari Cooper, Nicholas Stover, Austin Stover, and Elizabeth Berkebile; sisters, Linda (Dale Steinmetz) Camden of Fremont, Ohio, Patricia (Tim) Rupright of Fostoria, Ohio, Marie (Rick Whiting) Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio, and Cindy (Jamie Stein) Nolftz of Clyde, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved IPD/IMPD Police family.

Services are currently pending.

Kris Perry posted on November 16, 2020

Rich was a great friend and a frequent visitor to my house north of Clyde, Ohio. Rich often stopped after working a shift at the gas station on the Ohio Turnpike. My wife Cathy and I stopped and saw Rich in Indianapolis in the mid 80's, but we lost touch with each other. He was a special guy. My sincere condolences to his family and especially his four sisters.

Dale Casper posted on November 15, 2020

I was a teacher at Clyde High School, and I got to know Rich as a friend after his graduation. I have many great memories of afternoon conversations with Rich and his friend, John Gregg. Rich was very interested in my military experience. He will always hold a place as one of my favorite people. My sincere condolences go to Rich's family. Dale Casper

Ned Tyson posted on November 15, 2020

I went to school with Rich in Ohio. Although he was a year younger we had speech and drama class together. I will miss him very much. Loved his sense of humor.

Delbert Shelton posted on November 15, 2020

I worked with Richard in the Frank sector. He was F52 and I was F73. Our shifts overlapped but I remember him being a great officer to work with. He was also a member of The American Legion Police Post 56. He will be missed.

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret) posted on November 12, 2020

Those who were aware of and able to witness the suffering of Richard Allen Frantz likely learned something valuable about such times. Most importantly is that over time the misery of suffering comes to an end and often a blessed one. "Eternal Rest" to our fellow now departed!

Kristynunn posted on November 12, 2020

Been a long time I seen him but back in the day we all had a good time. He will be missed. Terri so sorry for your loss. RIP

Sandi Thigpen posted on November 11, 2020

I love you all so much. I’m sorry for your loss , please let me know if you need anything. I loved him dearly and I will miss him

Sandi Thigpen posted on November 11, 2020

I’m sorry for your loss and I will always be here for you. I’m loved him dearly. I love you all and if I can do anything please let me know.

Tara Pierson Hardwick posted on November 11, 2020

Sorry for your loss. I met RIchard while he was in the police academy with my ex-husband. He spent alot of time at my house during study groups. Rest in paradise, Richard

T Redmon posted on November 11, 2020

Richard was on heck of an officer. I was fortunate enough to work with him for many years in the swamp. He knew the people in the area and took care of them well. Richard, boy138, you were always such a great help to me. I could always count on you to help out on ET runs. I enjoyed coffee at Joe’s and breakfast at Evelee’s! I will miss you. Rest well my friend!


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