Frank Fransen, 87, of Huron


HURON — Frank Fransen, 87, of Huron, formerly of Pierre and Gettysburg, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2020, at Avantara Huron.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Gettysburg. Visitation will be 2 to  4 p.m., with a 4 p.m. rosary, Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huron. Those attending are required to wear masks. A live broadcast of the funeral service will also be available.


Franklin Delano Fransen was born to Arend and Minnie Irene (Gear) Fransen on March 21, 1933, in Potter County. Frank attended Ash Grove School and North Elida School during his elementary years, and he graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1950.  
Frank married Mary Ann Garrity of Harrold on October 20, 1951, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Harrold.  


Among his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren. Frank and Mary Ann also enjoyed family camping activities.


Frank was employed at the Oahe Dam and as a route salesman for wholesale meat customers. He operated Tom’s Meats in Onida, from 1973 until 1995. Frank did some lawn mowing in the summers for a couple of years to keep busy after retiring before he started working at The SuperWash carwash part-time.

He retired again due to health issues in 2015. After living in Gettysburg since 1964, Frank and Mary Ann moved to Pierre, in 1987 and then to Huron in 2015 to live with their daughter Mary’s family.


Frank is survived by his children, Shirley Rush of Pierre, David (Vicki) Fransen of Aberdeen, Gerald (Peggy) Fransen of Parrish, Fla., Patrick Fransen of Pierre, Jean (Bob) Oberfoell of Ashton, Kathy (John) Heier of Aberdeen, and Mary (Lonnie) Schmidt of Huron; and a son-in-law, Tim Hoag of Watertown. In addition, he is survived by 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and their families as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Sloat of Gettysburg; and his brother, Harlan (Verna) Fransen of Pierre.


Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann on Dec 17, 2020; two infant sons, Joseph and Luke; his daughter, Pam Hoag; his parents and grandparents; and his brothers, Darrell and Raymond.


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