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Rodney Franzen, 47 - March 12, 2008


Rodney “Rod” Mark Franzen, 47, of Gothenburg, died Saturday, March 8, 2008, at his home surrounded by family.
Services were held Tuesday, March 11, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke and Lonna Grabenstien, PMA, officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
Franzen was born on Feb. 28, 1961, to Lyle and Arlene (Gronewold) Franzen at Gothenburg. He grew up in Gothenburg and attended Gothenburg Public Schools. He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1979.
On May 31, 1979, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Ruthie Chatfield, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg. To this union, three sons were born.
He owned and operated Rod Franzen Construction in Gothenburg. He took great pride in his work, making sure that his craftsmanship was done to the best of his abilities and in being fair to his customers, according to family members.
Franzen was a member of the Gothenburg Rotary, the Gothenburg Planning & Zoning Committee, a 24-year member of the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department and a lifetime member of the American Lutheran Church.
He enjoyed officiating football games, of which he did for 22 years, as well as hunting, fishing and being outdoors, cooking and spending time with family and friends, family members said.
?Recently, he fulfilled a lifetime dream with the purchase of some river ground to pass on the family hunting heritage to his children and grandchildren, who he took great pride in, according to family members.
?Franzen was preceded in death by: his grandparents—John and Goldie Franzen and Art and Martha Gronewold.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruthie of Gothenburg; three sons—Aaron of Stillwater, OK, Luke (Bailey) of Bellevue and Alex of Lincoln; his first grandson, due in June of 2008; his parents, Lyle and Arlene Franzen of Gothenburg; three brothers—Gary (Trudy) of Sacramento, CA, Tim (Cindy) of Gothenburg and David (Becky) of Lincoln; a host of other family and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church kitchen fund and the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department equipment fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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