Franz J. Bachmann of Crestview, Florida, passed away from a terminal illness on Sunday, March 26, 2023, at the age of 77 surrounded by loved ones in his home. He was born in East Orange, NJ on January 4, 1946, to John F and Jessica Bachmann. Franz served his country in the United States Navy. After his military service he met the love of his life, Monica, while studying at Tri State University before receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Franz started his own trucking company until 1980, then worked as a garage supervisor and mechanic for many years. His final work was maintaining the school bus fleet before retiring from the Okaloosa County School Board. In his free time, Franz took his sons on many Boy Scout adventures with Troop 30 across the Southeastern US.
After retirement, Franz loved spending time working in his yard and tinkering with motors. He had a 1960 Triumph TR3 that he completely restored and then joined the Panhandle British Car Club. He helped many fellow members rectify their car problems and took many cross-country runs with his wife by his side through 2022. Most of all, he enjoyed leisure time on the back porch with family and friends, particularly watching and teaching his grandsons.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Monica Bachmann; his sons John (his wife, Jessica) and Matthew. Grandsons: Kellan, Knox, and Kai.
The celebration of Franz’s life will be held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church on Monday, April 3, 2023. A time of visitation with the family will begin at 2:00 PM, until funeral mass starting 3:00 PM, and concluded with military honors rendered at the church. If you would like to donate to the Boy Scouts of America or Our Lady of Victory Pro Life Group, Franz supported those organizations.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com