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Otto E. Franzen, 85 - October 31, 2012

Otto E. Franzen, 85, of Gothenburg died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
A visitation will be conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel at Gothenburg on Friday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will take place at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Tom Wilson and Lonna Grabenstein, PMA, officiating. Interment will be at the American Lutheran Cemetery at Gothenburg.
Franzen was born Jan. 10, 1927, at Gothenburg to Eilert and Gesina Schmidt Franzen. He graduated country school and farmed with his family.
In April of 1952, he was united in marriage to Marie Litchenberg at Gothenburg. To this union, four children were welcomed, Charlotte, James, Wayne and Celeste
He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany.
Franzen’s wife passed away in 1968.
On April 1, 1969, he married Lois Hickenbottom at Callaway. Four additional children joined the family, Tim, Steve, Jim and Molly Lange, and born to this union, was a son, Eric.
He was employed with Monroe Auto Equipment from 1970 to 1979, but the majority of his life was spent farming. He was known to believe that once farming gets in your blood, it stays there for a lifetime, said family members.
Franzen didn’t fully retire until he and his wife sold the farm and moved into Gothenburg in 2005.
He was a stickler for a beautiful lawn and didn’t allow just anyone to help tend to it, according to family members. As his kids grew up, moved on and raised families of their own, he and his wife turned their attention to raising their four-legged kids, Angel, Pebbles and Bobo, loved and spoiled critters, family said.
Franzen was preceded in death by: his parents, Eilert and Gesina; a sister, Bernice Bodtke; his first wife, Marie; granddaughter and grandson—Natasha and Zachary Franzen; numerous in-law family members.
Survivors include: his wife, Lois; children—Charlotte (Tom) Tauche of Colorado Springs, CO, James (Laura) Franzen of Lincoln, Wayne (Duane Woutzke) Franzen of Wymore, Steve (DeAnna) Lange of Callaway, Celeste (Larry) Miller of Cahokia, IL, Jim (Katy) Lange of Healy, KS, Tim (Patty) Lange, Molly Lange and Eric (Tia) Franzen, all of Grand Island; sisters—Lucille Sommers of Missouri, Alvina Krueger of Gilead and Evelyn Waltman of Ord; a brother, Marvin (Jill) Franzen of Gothenburg; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg American Legion or donor’s choice.