ROBERT LOUIS FRANTZ died on January 20, 2016. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on December 24, 1925, the son of Louis A. Frantz and Frieda Kusewitt Frantz and was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Henry E. Frantz, of Dallas, Texas; and grandson Michael Stephen Frantz. As a young man, he served with the 89th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operation during World War II, including the liberation of the Ohrdruf concentration camp. After receiving a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1950, he was employed the same year by Union Carbide in Texas City, retiring from there in 1986 as Senior Staff Engineer. A registered Professional Engineer, he served as chairman of the world-wide Vinyl Chloride Safety Association.
Bob loved traveling every summer throughout the United States with his family. Later, he and Margie took trips all over the world, covering six continents and numerous countries. Several trips included extensive genealogical research in Germany and France. During retirement, his education continued as a student at UH Clear Lake. An avid runner, he could be seen almost daily running on the Seawall or competing in area races.
Bob was active in a number of organizations including the Galveston Historical Foundation, Friends of Rosenberg Library, Galveston Boat Club and the Galveston Symphony Board. A faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church, he served on the Vestry as Senior and Junior Warden, Diocesan Council delegate and Lay Reader. He also was a past president of Trinity Episcopal School and served terms on the City of Galveston Planning Commission and the Plumbing Review Board. A long time member of the Galveston Rotary Club, he was recognized for his many years of community service as a Paul Harris Fellow.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Marjorie Gibbs Frantz; children, Stephen Robert Frantz and his wife Darla of Richmond, Texas, and Carole Frantz Bell and her husband Michael of Galveston; and grandchildren Daniel Frantz, Brian Frantz, Spencer Bell, and Blake Bell.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Galveston with The Reverend Susan Kennard and The Reverend John Donovan officiating. A private interment service will be held at a later date in the Trinity Church Columbarium.
His family wishes to express their appreciation for the care and support provided over the past two years by the staff of the Meridian Care Center and the Galveston Hospice Care Team during his final days.
For those desiring, memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity School, Rosenberg Library or the charity of your choice.