Robert Claude France
b: 12 SEP 1927
d: 25 MAY 2007
Robert C. France, Sr., 79, of Bucyrus, died Friday morning at Galion Community Hospital.

He was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio to the late Roland and Margaret E. (Poelking) France. Robert was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. In July of 1950, he married Rita P. Smith who survives. After serving his country, he attended Business College and in the early 1950's he and his wife moved to Bucyrus, where he operated a roller rink for W.A. Lutz. Robert eventually bought the business and changed the name to R.C. France Roller Arena, where he was known as the professional roller skating instructor. He was a member of the Society of Roller Skater Teachers Assoc. and had taught in the Lima area for thirty-plus years. In addition to his skating life, Robert was a car salesman, trimmed trees, was a telephone line man, and was a technician at the Cully Music Co. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Robert enjoyed his cars, being outdoors, and boating, canoeing, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife of nearly 57 years, Robert is survived by six children, Bob (Sue) France, Jr. of Mt. Dora, Fla., Bernie (Anita) France of Bucyrus, Ronnie France of Bucyrus, Margaret (Jim) Wilson, of Cincinnati, Kathleen (Kevin) Woods of Lima and Ray (Patty) France of Lima; twelve grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Alva (Rosemarie) France; two sisters, Dorothy Howe of Akron, and Kathleen (Russell) Marlowe of Bardstown, Ky.; along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie and Jerry France and a sister, Eileen Calavaruso.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Wise Funeral Service, with a Rosary Service to be held at 8:45 that evening. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. Ronald J. LeJeune as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Holy Trinity section at Oakwood Cemetery, where full military rites will be observed by the Col. Crawford Post 181, Am. Legion. Memorial contributions may be given to the France family through the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at
  • 12 SEP 1927 - Birth - ; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • 25 MAY 2007 - Death - ; Galion, Ohio
Roland Denver France Sr.
19 JAN 1859 - 22 AUG 1904
Roland Denver France Jr.
14 MAR 1895 - 20 MAR 1957
Lillie Dana Barber
25 DEC 1856 - 1 OCT 1941
Robert Claude France
12 SEP 1927 - 25 MAY 2007
Margaret Elizabeth Poelking
13 JAN 1900 - 4 SEP 1993
Philomena Braze
BET 1874 AND 1878 - 1911
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Robert Claude France
Birth12 SEP 1927Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Death25 MAY 2007 Galion, Ohio
MarriageJUL 1950to Rita P. Smith at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
FatherRoland Denver France Jr.
MotherMargaret Elizabeth Poelking
PARENT (F) Rita P. Smith
Birth21 MAR 1926Vincennes, Indiana
Death20 APR 2011 Bucyrus, Ohio
MarriageJUL 1950to Robert Claude France at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
FatherCharles H. Smith
MotherGertrude C. Farrell
MRobert France Jr.
BirthUNKNOWNAkron , Ohio
MBernard Joseph France
BirthUNKNOWNAkron , Ohio
FMargaret Elizabeth France
BirthUNKNOWNAkron , Ohio
FKathleen France
BirthUNKNOWNBucyrus, Ohio
MRoland France
BirthUNKNOWNBucyrus, Ohio
MRaymond France
BirthUNKNOWNBucyrus, Ohio