Rodney D. Franson, 88, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Saturday evening, Nov. 2, 2019, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND, where he resided since Aug. of 2019.
Rodney D. Franson, 88, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Saturday evening, Nov. 2, 2019, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND, where he resided since Aug. of 2019. Funeral Services for Rodney will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Jim Paulson officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team. Burial will be in the Valley Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Kloten. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 at the church two hours prior to the funeral service. Rodney Delyle Franson, the youngest of ten children, was born on Jan. 28, 1931, in Kloten, ND, to John and Rachel (Homme) Franson. Rodney attended school in Kloten where he graduated from Kloten High School. He was inducted into the US Army on Feb. 27, 1952, and served with the 2nd Division in Korea. He was honorably discharged at Camp Stoneman, Calif. on Feb. 18, 1954. Rodney earned the Korea Service Medal with two Bronze Campaign Stars, United Nations Medal, the National Defense Medal and a Unit Citation Ribbon. After returning from the service, he worked in construction in ND and Mont. In 1955, he was employed by the US Forest Service in northern Idaho. He then moved to Seattle, Wash., where he was employed by Boeing working on the B-52 Bomber. He later moved to Pocatello, ID, where he was employed by Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company. Rodney returned to ND in 1957 and began work with the North Dakota Department of Transportation. On April 11, 1959, Rodney was united in marriage to Dorothy Novak at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Park River, ND. In 1959, he was transferred to the District Office where they would call Devils Lake their life-long home. Rodney retired after 35 plus years with the DOT. Dorothy passed away on Dec. 14, 2000. Rodney was a life member of the Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars where he served as Post Commander in 1969-1970, was a member of the Military Order of Cooties, serving as CCDB (Adjutant) for 15 years. He was also a member of the American Legion, 40&8, the Devils Lake Elks Lodge, a long-time member of the VFW Honor Guard and an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. Rodney was an avid coin collector and served as President of the Lake Region Coin Club. He enjoyed waterfowl and deer hunting in the Lake Region area with his hunting buddies. Following retirement, he and Dorothy enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening. Together they were resident managers of Sweetwater Apartments for many years. Rodney is survived by; his daughter, Lonna (Ernie) Streifel of Harvey, ND; granddaughter, Rachel (Ryan) Heintz of Bismarck, ND; and several nieces and nephews. Rodney was preceded in death by; his wife, Dorothy; parents; sisters, Thelma Franson, Theola Franson, Beatrice Miller and Rose McGraw; brothers, Arthur, Orlando, Mylo, LeRoy and Orville Franson.