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Francis Stoops

Francis Nelson Stoops, 76, of Findlay, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in his home.
He was born on Oct. 26, 1944, in Flora, Ill., to the late Pearl Jasper and Fay Chloe (Markham) Stoops.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Janice (Weiker).
Nelson is also survived by his sons: Scott (Susan) Stoops of Swanton, Mike (Kara) Stoops of Upper Sandusky and Jaime Stoops of Carey; step-daughter, Lora (Bradley) Dugger of Findlay; brother, Bill (Chris) Stoops of Carey; sisters: Stella (Bill) Driggers and Mary Stoops, both of Carey; grandchildren: Dylon, Alayna, Kylee and Garrett Stoops, Jevin Stoops, Brandon, Ashley, Noah, Andrew, Josh, Alydia, Abigail, Luke and Lily Dugger; three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, John Van Cleve of Findlay. Nelson also leaves behind sisters-in-law, Sandra (Monte) Craddolth of West Covina, Calif., Carol (Doug) Broyles of Hilliard, and brother-in-law, Phil (Debbie, deceased) Weiker of Delaware.
Nelson retired in 2007 from General Dynamics in Lima, where he was an electrician and supervisor. He was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Findlay, where he was a former trustee, junior church teacher, usher, acted in the church plays, worked on the church grounds and assisted with maintenance for many years. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan and was known by all as the “Candy Man.” He enjoyed playing cards with his brother-in-law, Bill, and his buddies, going out to eat with
friends, but his greatest love was spending time with his family.
A funeral service was scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, where visitation was scheduled to be held two hours prior to the service (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). The Rev. Herb Koonce will be officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad at the conclusion of the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church and/or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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