Frank Fransen

Frank Fransen, 87, of Huron, formerly of Pierre and Gettysburg, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2020 at Avantara Huron. Services were held on January 11, 2021 Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg, with Fr. Jerry Kopel presiding.

Franklin Delano Fransen was born to Arend and Minnie Irene (Gear) Fransen on March 21, 1933 in Potter County, South Dakota. He attended Potter County country schools and graduated from Gettysburg High School in the Class of 1950. He was active in music, basketball and track while in school.

Frank married Mary Ann Garrity of Harrold, SD on October 20, 1951 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Harrold. To this union ten children were born.

In his working life, Frank held a number of positions including operating Tom’s Meats in Onida, SD starting in 1973 until his 62nd birthday in March of 1995.

Frank was heavily involved in community activities and in their children’s lives. Among his greatest of joys was spending time with his grandchildren. Frank and Mary Ann also enjoyed family camping activities with their children and grandchildren.

After living in Gettysburg since 1964, Frank and Mary Ann moved to Pierre, SD in 1987 and then to Huron, SD to live with their daughter Mary’s family for the last five years.

Frank is survived by his children Shirley Rush of Pierre, SD; David (Vicki) Fransen of Aberdeen, SD; Gerald (Peggy) Fransen of Parrish, FL; Patrick Fransen of Pierre, SD; Jean (Bob) Oberfoell of Ashton, SD; son-in-law Tim Hoag of Watertown, Kathy (John) Heier of Aberdeen, SD; and Mary (Lonnie) Schmidt of Huron, SD. In addition, he is survived by 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and their families as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Sloat of Gettysburg, SD and his brother Harlan (Verna) Fransen of Pierre, SD.

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

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