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Daniel Franzen

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Daniel A. Franzen age 77, of Nashua died Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Cedar Vale Assisted Living in Nashua. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 10, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church in Nashua with Rev. Lonnie Wilkerson presiding. Interment will be in the Horton Cemetery with Adam Franzen, Justin Franzen, Cody Knutson, Ryan Franzen, Tyler Franzen, and Kyle Franzen serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Valerie Chestnut, Ami Hagen, Kayla Franzen, Megan Martin, and Faith Franzen. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in honor of Dan to St. Croix Hospice in New Hampton. Daniel Albert Franzen was born July 7, 1938, in rural Bremer County, Iowa, the son of Matthias and Laura (Garbes) Franzen. He attended school in Plainfield and was a 1956 graduate from Plainfield High School. After graduating, Dan worked as a hired hand for various neighbors. Dan was introduced to June Beck at a dance at the Riviera Ballroom in Janesville, Iowa. The couple were united in marriage on March 30, 1958, at The Republic Church in rural Nashua. To this union five sons were born. The day after getting married, Dan started working at White Farm in Charles City. He spent the next 31 years working for the company leaving in 1989. Dan then took a position at the Plainfield Co-Op working there until his retirement. Dan enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Whether it was the pursuit of a big buck in the woods, or the push for Roosters in the field, Dan really loved the hunt and the life lessons he learned from it. He also enjoyed fishing, taking many trips to Canada, and playing golf in the summer. Dan liked to watch many different sports on television, especially baseball. Dan had a great sense of humor and was known for his one liners. He always had a great story or joke to tell. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dan is survived by his wife of 57 years, June Franzen; five sons, Jim (Colleen) Franzen of Waverly, IA, Jeff (Jean) Franzen of Waverly, IA, Galen (Sandy) Franzen of Nashua, IA, Scott Franzen of Nashua, IA, and Tom (Doreen) Franzen of Nashua IA; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; five brothers, Matthias 'Butch' (Nancy) Franzen of Waverly, IA, David (Cathy) Franzen of Plainfield, IA, Donald (Kathy) Franzen of Plainfield, IA, Steven (Connie) Franzen of Plainfield, IA, and Dennis (Kim) Franzen of Plainfield, IA; seven sisters, Norma Nolting of New Hampton, IA, Eleanor (Don) Storjohann of Cedar Falls, IA, Laura Ann (Bill) Pride of Charles City, IA, Carolyn (Don) Cole of Bonita Springs, FL, Muriel Steva of Waterloo, IA, Glenda Endelman (Tim Zoll) of Ionia, IA, and Debra Thompson (Jerry Roth) of Waterloo, IA; one sister-in-law, Dona Franzen of Waverly, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Edward Franzen; sister, Dorothy Franzen.

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  1. Hi neighbors. So sorry to hear about your Dad. I just heard the news today. Sorry that I missed the visitation and funeral. I would loved to have been there. Please know that I am thinking of you all. Steve Stough

  2. Tom and Doreen, I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I think no matter how long we have our parents, that last good bye is really hard. Keeping you and yours in my prayers. Sue McDonnell

  3. I remember coming to the ‘little house’ and playing with Danny and Eddy and one of them would ride a calf and the other would twist its tail and then it would buck and run. Then coming to the ‘big’ house and having dinner in the basement. My Dad (Rodney Grove) and Matt were friends from school. That has been many yeas ago. Also I worked at the Cedar Falls Daily Record when Eddy worked there. Sympathy to the Franzen family from Sandra (Grove) Roberts, Evansdale IA Sharon (Grove) Minning, Canton, MI

  4. June and family, so sorry for your lose. I had a lot of fun, working at white along side dan,it was good time’s. an old friend,jerry mahan

  5. Thoughts and prayers go out to June and the entire family. We have many memories of Dan and the family when June babysat and when all the boys helped us on the farm. Thinking of you all and sending our deepest sympathy. Just know he is in a better place and no longer in pain. Orlin & Deb Sudol

  6. I only knew Dan a short time but he loved to talk. I always loved hearing what he had to say and I was never quite sure what he was going to say next 😉 My thoughts and prayers go out to June and all the family during this difficult time.

  7. Although I didn’t know Dan for long, it was so easy to tell him & June had a wonderful life together. It was easy to see the family was very close to one another, too. Thinking about you all during this hard time. I will never forget after helping dan from the wheelchair into his recliner, he looked at me in all seriousness and asked ‘Do you want a pop?’ Made me chuckle. Such a sweetheart! He will be greatly missed. :heart:

  8. I always remember going over to the Franzen household when I would stay at my cousins who lived next door. We would go inside after a good game of wiffle ball in the backyard and I remember Danny always teasing us and you could usually find him enjoying a cubs game on TV. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time and have our deepest sympathy.

  9. So sad to hear of Danny’s passing. Sam always enjoyed spending time with Danny when June babysat Sam as a child. Our sympathy is with June and the rest of the family at this time.

  10. Our heartfelt sympathies to you June and your extended family. It is a sad time to lose a partner of 57 years. RIP Danny. Myrna and Don

  11. Tom, Doreen and family, You have our sympathy on your loss. It is so hard losing a parent, no matter the age or circumstance. Gene had Dan bring him out farm products from Plainfield co-op many times, he was always pleasant and interested in what was going on with the farming. Our prayers will be with you. Gene and Sherri Nieman

  12. Please know my thoughts are with your family at this time in your loss of Danny. A person is never prepared to lose their loved one. I’ll always be so grateful for June, Danny and the boys taking such good care of Tracie for so many years. She literally grew up with the Franzen family and would talk about all the fun she had each day. With so many guys around, there was always something going on providing much laughter with never a dull moment. Now Danny and Tracie can meet up once again. I will be thinking of you, June, and the entire Franzen family as you grieve your loss, but I also know Danny would want you all to laugh and have fun remembering all the good times. Barb Garbes

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