Clifford Allen "Al" Franks

Birth Date: 
Monday, March 15, 1948
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Clifford Allen “Al” Franks, 69, of Wooster died Saturday, September 2, 2017 at West View Healthy Living.

He was born March 15, 1948 in Wooster to Bazle and Esther Fath Franks.  On May 2, 1981 he married Dianne Dixon, who preceded him in death in 2013. 

Al served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.  Right after his graduation he worked at the Gold Star Feed Company and upon his discharge from the Army he worked as a bus driver for Trail Ways then worked for the C.I.A. until his retirement in 2008.  He enjoyed coin collecting, fishing and traveling to see the shows in Las Vegas.

Al is survived by his brother Joe (Betsy) Franks of Wooster; several nieces and nephews, a sister-in-law Connie Franks of New Pittsburg and a brother-in-law Lyle (Karen) Dixon of Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Along with his wife, Al was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ed Franks.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with Jeff Franks officiating.  Interment will follow in Reedsburg Cemetery. 

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Contributions may be directed to Crossroads Hospice of NE Ohio. 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Green, OH 44685.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Crossroads Hospice of NE Ohio. 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Green, OH 44685.


Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home


Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home


So very sorry to hear about Al's passing. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dennis and I were neighbors of Al and Dianne for 10 years in Centreville, VA. Through the years we stayed in touch with one another as much as possible, we are heart broken of Al's passing. He was a great friend and neighbor, thinking of him always put a smile on our faces. Rest in Peace Al.

We know this is a great loss to his family.

Our deepest condolences,
Dennis, Cindy, Greg and David Ravella

Sorry to hear of Clifford's(Al's) passing. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Donna, Dick, and Rick McCoy

I loved Al's humble humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to Al's Family.

Al and Dianne were our neighbors in North Port, Florida.
With deepest sympathy to Al's family.

Rest in peace my veteran brother

Rest in peace my veteran brother

Al was a true gentlemen. My sympathies.

I worked with Al many years in the government as co-worker and fellow driver. He will be truly missed. The man was incredible with numbers. Give him some numbers you would have an answer in seconds. God Bless

Worked with Al many years as a co-worker and fellow driver. He was certainly a wiz with numbers. Give him some numbers and you'll have your answer in seconds, no calculator! He will truly be missed. God Bless

Dianne was the big sister I never had since Lyle and I went to first grade together. Al was more than a friend and he became my brother. Our kids called them Aunt Dianne and Uncle Al and all of us looked forward to visits and trips with them. The whole Dixon family was a second family to both my brother Paul and I. From fishing, to Vegas, Al being Santa at Christmas, cooking hot dogs and marshmallows in the fireplace and definitely eating lots of watermelon, we always had fun with Dianne and Al. They showed us how to have a great time without having to get drunk or go crazy. They liked to do things first class and Al was skilled at being so nice that he often got extras just because he asked. Dianne's loss was hard on everyone, especially Al. Now they are together again and bringing joy to everyone in Heaven. Al is finally at peace.

Al, was the best and will be missed. We take comfort that he is now with his beloved Dianne.

My mother was a resident at West View also. She and Al became friends - they looked out for each other. Al was a truly special man. I miss his hugs. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

al and I worked together many years drve for trailways drove trucks togerther where friends down thru the years he will be missed

Words cant describe the loss that is felt already. I have been honored to care for many in my life as I have been in long term care for 27 years. However, this one touches me the deepest. When you make that connection with someone in life its an amazing thing. Getting to know Al and his family and friends was truly a blessing. You can tell someone who has been genuine and loyal through out their life because their friends and family reflect that. Al's sense of humor and amazing smile are what I will remember the most. His laugh lingers in my mind. Holding his hand through this journey was not only and honor but a privilege. Thank you to everyone who stayed in touch with him through visits, phone calls, cards and letters. He loved all of you very much and appreciated the thoughts.
Blessings and prayers deepest sympathies.

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