The funeral service for Franklin C. Durgin will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview, with Pastor Scott Hirssig officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Plainview, with military rites by the Plainview American Legion and Wabasha VFW
Mr. Durgin, 94, of Plainview, died Monday morning, Nov. 25, 2013, at Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation in Rochester.
Franklin Charles Durgin was born Sept. 11, 1919, in Plainview, to Delbert "Dell" and Bertha (Appel) Durgin. He attended Wabasha County Schools and lived his lifetime as a resident of the Plainview area. Franklin was drafted into the U.S. Army
with four others from the Plainview area and served his country during World War II
. On April 16, 1942, he married Betty Tyler at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview. Franklin and Betty owned and operated The Durgin Family Trucking Co for 53 years; he also was a livestock dealer for many years.
He enjoyed playing golf, traveling and winters in Arizona with friends, bowling, hunting, playing cards and Bingo. Frank was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview. Franklin was a lifetime member of both the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post #4086 of Wabasha and the Plainview American Legion Post #179, for 67 years, where he served as commander, sergeant-at-arms, served on the executive board, and Bingo caller for many years. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans, Purple Heart
Association and the 4th Armored Division Association. He served in 66th Field Artillery on the front line in the Third Army under General George Patton. Most recently, he was appointed Knight of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, a decree of President Sarkozy of France. It is a sign of France's infinite gratitude and appreciation for his personal and precious contribution to the United States' decisive role in the liberation of France during World War II.
Franklin is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Betty M. Durgin of Plainview; one daughter, Sharon (Thomas) Hanson of Rochester; two sons, Roger (Sharon) of Plainview and Richard (Rodine) Durgin of Gainesville, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Cynthia (Jon) Berg, Ronald (Catherine) Durgin, Randy Durgin, Brian (Mary) Durgin, Lisa Durgin, Franklin Durgin-Hanson, and Jesse Hanson; four great-grandchildren, Richard and Hank Kahn, Monica Berg and Emmerich Durgin; one great-great-grandchildren, Ashlynn Kahn; and one sister, Marilyn (Jim) Krusmark of Plainview.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald (Lucille) and Raymond (Helen); two sisters, Evelyn (Keith) Runyan and Dorothy (Don) Boncel; and one granddaughter, Iris.
Friends and family may visit from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel in Plainview, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, 10 E. Broadway, PO Box 608, Plainview, MN 55964, 507-534-2353.
Guest register may be signed online at schleicherfuneralhomes.com