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Reid Francis

Reid Arthur Francis

Monday, December 17th, 1962 - Saturday, April 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Reid Arthur Francis, age 57, of Cassopolis, was called home peacefully Saturday, April 11, 2020 in the comfort of his family’s presence.

He was born December 17, 1962 in Naperville, Illinois, the younger of two children of Ronald and Marsha Francis. He married Janet Lee Mesko May 9, 1987 in Niles, Michigan.

Reid grew up on Diamond Lake and at the Diamond Lake Yacht Club, where he met many of his life-long friends and also gained an affinity for the water. One of Reid’s greatest talents was sailing and sailboat racing. This was a skill passed down from his father and grandfather, and Reid embraced it with a passion. He was known for being able to make boats go fast and competed in many Regattas near and far. It didn’t matter what kind of boat, or its age; Reid became a part of it and could figure out its idiosyncrasies to make it work at its best.

Reid was a graduate of Cassopolis Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School, Michigan State University, and Davenport University. After living away from Cassopolis for more than ten years, he and Janet moved back to the area and once again became passionate Rangers. They were involved in all their children’s sports, groups, and activities. He was lovingly known by children and many others as the Ranger Taxi Dad.

He tried out a variety of careers but ultimately found that self-employment gave him the flexibility to fulfill his most treasured roles as adoring husband and all-involved father. He encouraged and maintained their Mary Kay business from the office. He managed his own rental properties, along with many others, and was a jack-of-all-trades handyman to the community and beyond.

His relationship with Jesus Christ and living out truth was very important to him and he was grateful for his church family at Dailey Church.

Reid was Mr. All Around and will be most remembered for his ability to make you feel like you belonged. He was constantly helping people in need and taking care of others. He was the father and uncle almost always found entertaining all the kids at events or playing some sport or activity with them.

Reid will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of almost thirty-three years, Janet Francis of Cassopolis; one daughter, Brittany Francis of Colorado Springs; three sons, Austin Francis of Kalamazoo, Gavin (Paige) Francis of Cassopolis and Lane Francis of Cassopolis; three bonus international children, Petra (Bernhard) Stegner of Austria, Takuma Hamano of Japan, Bach Gao Tianyu of China; and one bonus international granddaughter, Malena Stegner; his parents, Ronald and Marsha Francis of Cassopolis; and one sister, Shari Soncrant of Columbus, Indiana; his in-laws, Robert and Helen Mesko of Niles; a host of nieces and nephews for whom Uncle Reid was a big deal; and many more kids who called Reid and Janet “Dad” and “Mom.”

His family will lay him to rest in a private ceremony in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Cassopolis.

Family and friends will gather on a date and at a time to be announced.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Reid be made to either, Dailey Church, 27046 Dunning Street, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031 to support a mission trip through Back2Back Ministries, an orphan ministry organization that Reid had planned to participate with, or, Diamond Lake Yacht Club Sailors Memorial Fund, Post Office Box 363, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.
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John Werntz

Posted at 02:15pm
Ron, Marsha and relatives of Reid: I was so sadened by the news of Reids passing as I am sure my mom and dad would have been. Enjoyed racing against Ron and Reid and later Reid and Ron, even though we were on the losing end more times than not. We are quarantined in Phoenix with my son and his family, will probably go home to Granger in a couple of weeks, maybe. Our condolences to all. John and Jean Werntz.
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Dede Spano

Posted at 02:42pm
I remember Reid from pre-school days. A delightful child then; apparently a wonderful man as he grew up. It is heartbreaking that he was taken at the prime of his life. Love and prayers to all the family at this difficult time.
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Julie Schlundt

Posted at 06:42am
Janet and family, My heart goes out to you and I am praying for comfort for you. Reid was an Amazing man and it was so apparent how close he was to you and how much he loved and adored his family. I send my love and condolences to you and will be in touch soon. Love you Janet. God Bless you. Love, Julie Schlundt ❤️
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Julie Hebert

Posted at 03:55pm
I have been away from Diamond Lake for over 30 years, but my fondest memories always included sailing and the DLYC. We were next door neighbors to the Francis family and although Reid was 5 years older than I was, as children he taught me how to rig my little sunfish sailboat and the basics of racing even after I had lessons at the age of 10 years old. He was a kind person as a young man/teenager and clearly a fantastic husband/father/son from what I read! My deepest condolences to Mr. & Mrs. Francis and his entire family. Take comfort in knowing that he is united with our Savior and you shall see him again.
Love,
Julie (Harrington) Hebert

Erin Hershberger

Posted at 01:36pm
My uncle Reid fought a good fight these last couple years with my aunt Janet by his side the whole time. We will miss you more than you know! I have so many great memories with him! He taught me how to drive a boat when I was little and Turner had the privilege of learning from him a few years ago. My uncle Reid LOVED kids, naps, the lake (sailing), his family and Jesus! He also made the best cinnamon sugar toast! We love you! Please keep my aunt, cousins and the rest of my family in your prayers as we mourn this loss! We are so thankful uncle Reid has a new body and we know we will see him again someday!
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