Eugene Leo "Gene" Franzen (1933 - 2016)


ARLINGTON – Eugene L. "Gene" Franzen, 83, of rural Arlington, Iowa died on Sunday morning, Sept. 18, 2016 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Fayette, Iowa with Rev. James P. Brokman and Rev. Dale Rausch officiating.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein and for one hour before the service at the church on Wednesday.
A Parish Scripture Service will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Interment will be at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery, Fayette.
An online obituary may be found at
Eugene Leo Franzen was born on March 7, 1933 in St. Lucas, Iowa the son of Baptist John "Bob" and Elsie Emma (Schott) Franzen. Gene was united in marriage to Mary Joan Allen on August 4, 1953 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank. Gene served in the U.S. Army.
Gene is survived by his eight Children; 31 Grandchildren; 29 Great Grandchildren; a Brother; three Sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary on Dec. 2, 2007; a son, Donald in March of 1998; a daughter-in-law, Theresa Franzen; a great granddaughter, Abby Franzen; and two sisters: Lillian Wagner and Jeanette Pirillo.

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Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home - Oelwein
221 N. Frederick Ave., P.O.Box 614
Oelwein, IA 50662
(319) 283-4922
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28, 2016