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Leo "Fran" Karhan

October 7, 1946 — March 30, 2022

Leo “Fran” Karhan
“The Junkman”

Age 75, of Middlesex, passed away March 30, 2022 at home.

Leo was born in Geneva.  He worked as a long-haul trucker, traveling to every state except 2. He was well known as the local junk man, collecting scrap metal and recycling materials. He was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Helen Wood.  Leo honorably served in the US Army and served in Vietnam.  Leo was a life member of the Penn Yan VFW and was a past Post Commander. 

He is survived by his wife, Joann; daughter Leah Heyl of Tyngsborough, MA, stepdaughters, Patricia (Norman) Swarts of Penn Yan, Teresa Hand (Bill Sequine) of Port Richie, FL, and Elizabeth Hand (Louis McIntyre) of Avon; sons Dennis Karhan Tyngsborough, MA and Kevin Karhan of Woburn, MA; stepsons, David (Elizabeth) Hand, James Hand and Michael Hand (Yvonne), all of Penn Yan; sisters Sally Andrews of Penn Yan and Gail Townsend of Lyons; brothers-in-law, Eugene “Gene” Ledestich of Geneva, Emory “Emo” (Alyse) Ledestich of North Carolina, and Leola “Lee” McKenzie of Oregon; also several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 E. Main St., Penn Yan on Thursday (April 7) from 2-4pm and 6-8pm.  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday (April 8) at 11:00am; followed by a committal service with military honors at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

2:00 - 4:00pm (Eastern time)

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

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Friday, April 8, 2022

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Friday, April 8, 2022

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