Ronald Allen Franz, 76, of Pickerington, died on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Canal Winchester Rehabilitation Center, Skilled Nursing, and Assisted Living. Born on November 20, 1942 to the late Robert and Florence Franz, Ron was a 1961 graduate of South High School in Columbus. He proudly served in the Army from 1962-1965. Ron then worked for Columbia Gas for over 30 years. He was a longtime volunteer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and was a Starter/Ranger at Blacklick Woods Golf Course for 20 years. He was an avid golfer and fisherman. Ron will be remembered as a loving and kind husband, father, and grandfather. He was a true friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Carole Ann (Girard) Franz; children, Steven (Tammie) Franz, Julie (Timothy) Means, Kathleen (Brian) Palmer, and John (Pamela) Franz; grandchildren, Allison, Meghan, Patrick, Nicholas, Carson, Tyler, and Jack; brother, Michael Franz; sister-in-law, Karen Franz; and several nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Franz; and his sister-in-law, Patti Franz. Friends may visit from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21st at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 550 Hill Rd. N., Pickerington, OH 43147, where a vigil service will be held at 7:45 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22nd at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1051 Waggoner Rd., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Ron’s memory to Mt. Carmel Hospice at www.mountcarmelhealth.com.