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Kent Franzen, 63 - December 10, 2008

Kent G. Franzen, 63, of Lexington, formerly of Gothenburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 8, at Grace Lutheran Church of Lexington with the Rev. Megan Morrow officiating. Burial was held prior to the service at Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Gothenburg.
Franzen was born on Nov. 19, 1945, at Gothenburg to William and Lillian (Elliston) Franzen.
He was raised in Gothenburg and attended school, played football and graduated from Gothenburg High School with the Class of 1964. Following graduation, he joined the Nebraska National Guard.
On Aug. 7, 1966, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Dianne Lysinger, at the Zion Lutheran Church of Gothenburg. To this union, three children were born.
In 1967, the couple moved to a farm east of Lexington to raise their family and raise crops and cattle.
He began his own trucking company called Justa Truck Trucking Company. He built the company into a successful business, and along with the trucking, he continued to ranch and farm.
Franzen sold his trucking business due to declining health, but continued with his cow/calf operation, as he enjoyed spending time on the land he loved, said family members. He also spent time at the Grand Generation Center and enjoyed showing his card tricks.
?He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his church family and enjoyed singing, according to family members. He was known as a character and a kind-hearted person.
Franzen was preceded in death by: his parents; a stepbrother, Gene Aden; stepsisters—Shirley Hite and Darlene Arnall.
Survivors include; his wife, Dianne Franzen of Lexington; a daughter, Gwen (Jerry) Tinkis of Colleyville, TX; sons—Chad Franzen of Lexington, and Luke (Amy) Franzen of Callaway; a brother, Bill Franzen of Gothenburg; two sisters—Marj (Bob) Plank Gothenburg, and Marilyn (Don) Brockman of Bermuda Dunes, CA; seven grandchildren—Rachel, Marissa, Claire, Gus, Grant, Dane and Colt.
Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church Stained-glass window project, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department or the donor’s choice.
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