Francis J. Dreesen, age 89 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Thursday, November 02, 2017 at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's cemetery in Hartington with military honors by the Hartington VFW Post #5283 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation is on Sunday, at church, from 2-5:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers will be Travis Becker, Shane Becker, Turner Becker, Anthony Dreesen, Shawn Peed, Myles Lammers, and Tim Wieseler. Honorary pallbearers will be Sarah Peed, Megan Becker, Madison Becker, Miranda Lammers, Haley Becker, Carly Becker, Sydney Becker, Natalie Becker, and Kate McVey.
Francis Joseph Dreesen was born on March 31, 1928 in rural Hartington to Roman Joseph and Lucy Agnes (Dresden) Dreesen. He grew up in the East Bow area and attended grade school there. Francis graduated from Hartington High School in 1945. He worked on the farm with his dad and at the Coleridge Elevator prior to serving in the U. S. Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. After returning from the service, Fran lived in the Crofton/Constance area with his parents and worked in Yankton for Clem's Tire Service. He married Adaline Veronica Schieffer on October 16, 1956 in Constance, NE. Fran and Adaline lived in Yankton for a few years before moving to Hartington. Ron Clem helped Fran get his own business started in 1958, which was named - Dreesen Tire and Battery. During this time, Fran and Adaline raised Adaline's four siblings (Diane, LaVerda, Donna, & Ron) in their home. Fran and Adaline would then raise their own children, Sandy, Shelly, and Roman. Fran retired from the tire business in 1997. Fran also drove for Big A Auto Parts and delivered for Floral Designs.
Francis was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and its Perpetual Adoration. Fran loved to hunt pheasants, quail, grouse and deer. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and their time down by the river. Many lasting memories were made with family and friends during these activities. Fran loved baseball and managed the Hartington Braves for a couple years. He truly loved to watch and follow all his kids and grandkids activities.
Francis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Adaline of Hartington; three children and spouses Sandy and Mark Becker of Hartington, Shelly and Trent Becker of Hartington, son Roman Dreesen and his fiance Tory Ford of Lincoln, NE; 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Roman and Lucy Dreesen; sisters Evelyn Lowe and Margaret Lammers; and brother Ken Dreesen.
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My condolences to Adaline, Sandy, Roman, Shelly and families. I am so sorry for your loss. May your faith give you strength in the coming days and your memories give you peace. I know my dad couldn't have asked for a better friend than Fran and that friendship gave me some of my best childhood memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dear Adaline and Family, we send out sincerest sympathy to all of you. May God bless and comfort you with the knowledge that Francis now is at peace with Our Lord.
Diane & Kevin Brummer
My condolences to the family
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Francis. May God bless you with the strength to deal with the grief. Hang on to the good memories.
Adeline and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Fran's death. We send our sympathy and prayers to your family.
Dean and Judy Specht
Condolences from the Cobblestone Inn & Suites family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dreesen family.
David Chang, GM-Cobblestone Inn & Suites
My prayers for Franny and to Adeline and family. Many memories of St. Joseph, Constance.
our deepest sympathy to Adeline and all of her family So sorry to hear of his death
Ken and Phyllis Meier
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