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Harold O. Franck

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The funeral for Harold O. Franck, 89, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home Chapel in Rochester, with the Rev. Paul Bauch officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Franck died of natural causes Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Golden Living Center East.

Harold O. Franck was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Spring Valley, to Reynold and Agnes (Rudlong) Franck. The family moved to Racine, and Harold started and finished grade school there. He went to high school in Stewartville and quit his junior year and joined the Marine Corps. He fought in Siapan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Harold received two Presidential Unit Citations and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds on Iwo Jima. His discharge was Nov. 30, 1945.
 He then finished high school at Rochester High School in a half-a-year and started Rochester Junior College. He married Helen Wiemerslage on Dec. 6, 1946. She died of cancer April 9, 1964. In 1966, he married Edith Morse Witcher. Edie died Jan. 27, 1990, with complications of a stroke. A special friend, Bernice Link, died in March 2007. Harold worked at the U.S. Post Office for 38 years, most of that as a rural route carrier. After retirement, he drove a shuttle bus for Saint Marys for three years.

Hunting, fishing, golf and watching and following the sports and endeavors of his children and grandchildren were dear to him.
 He was a member of American Legion and Disabled Veterans. Harold was also a past member of Haverhill Town Board.

He is survived by four daughters, Denice (David) Cocker, Katherine (George) Zukowsky, Cynthia (Jan) Smith and Margo (Lyle) Yotter; one son, Eric (Sheila) Franck; and 12 grandchildren, Brett Cocker, Heather Cocker, Natasha Durnick, Travis Zukowsky, Chad Smith, Shawn Smith, Amber Belkofer, Jason Smith, Jeremy Thornburgh, Ellery Stigler, Luke Yotter and Tyler Yotter; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his two wives, a son, Michael, three sisters, Virginia Bartel, Phyllis Salsburg and Lois Schermerhorn and one brother, Marvin.

His wish is for memorials to go to The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester.

Friends may call an hour-and-a-half before the service on Saturday, May 3.

Online memorials can be made at

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester MN 55901, 507-289-3600.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 29, 2014
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