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Harvey Franz, of Mora, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Ecumen Care Center in Brooklyn Center.  He was 83 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019 a the Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Anthony Cloose officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Harvey Henry Franz, of Mora, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Prairie Lodge Ecumen of Brooklyn Center. He was 83 years old.

Harvey was born on February 7, 1936 in South Saint Paul, Minnesota to parents Henry and Louise (Schindeldecker) Franz. Born the oldest of four children, Harvey grew up in the Eagan and Rosemount areas. He attended Rosemount High School, graduating in 1955. He attended Dunwoody and studied auto body work. In the early 1960’s Harvey began his career as a Lithographer; working at American Can Co., Peck, and later Kolorpress. In 1962, Harvey was united in marriage to Janet and they were blessed with two children, David and Barbara. In the summer of 1973, Harvey and the family moved to a farm in rural Mora where he farmed fulltime. The next five years were tough economically for the farm and in 1977 he returned to printing work in Minneapolis. When the printing shop closed in the early 1990’s, Harvey took a job with Spring Lake Plastics in Cambridge in the maintenance department. He worked there for a number of years before retiring. In July of 2014, due to declining health, Harvey moved to Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. In February of 2016 he made his final move to the Prairie Lodge Care Center in Brooklyn Center to be near his daughter.

Harvey loved rural farm life. He was a hard worker and loved engines on both vehicles and tractors, especially Fords and Farmalls. He always seemed to have a vehicle or tractor “project” that he was working on. He enjoyed attending auctions and many auctioneers knew him by name. He will be missed.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Henry “Hank” Franz Jr. and Judy Sommerland.

He is survived by his son David (Debra) Franz; daughter Barb Rusnacko; grandchildren, Emma, Noah, and Elijah; former wife Janet; brother Scott (Kathy) Franz; brother-in-law Gary Sommerland; sister-in-law Nancy Franz; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

2 thoughts on “HARVEY H. FRANZ”

  1. Harvey was a dear Uncle and a fabulous and beloved Brother to our Father Hank. He was a gentle soul and quick with a smile and laugh. I’m happy he is at Peace and has been reunited with his Parents and Brother and his Beautiful Sister, Judy and many others. May God Bless his family- Barb, Dave Jan and all his Grandchildren. I’m so sorry I could not be there to extend my deepest sympathy to them all.

  2. I am saddened that I cannot attend the remembrance service for Harvey. When I think back about Harvey, the first word I think of is Kindness. During the earlier years of Franz celebrations, whether at Harvey & Jan’s, or Judy & Gary’s , Harvey seemed to always smile when he saw us, he was always kind. It’s sad when families grow and everyone seems to move away , it makes seeing relatives and loved ones increasingly difficult. We appreciated Harvey keeping in touch and being so supportive during the years with my dad, Hank’s illness and passing, throughout those difficult times. That support was very important to all of us that lived across the country in Texas, to the east coast of Mass. and Florida. He and dad were close, the support was important in the very tough times. So I say a prayer tonight for Barb,Dave, Jan and their families, there is finally Peace for Harvey; a loving embrace from the Franz’ that have gone before him, welcoming him home. One last time: Thank you Harvey, I love you, and always appreciated your help and support. Until we see you again some day: ” It is well, with my Soul; it is well, it is well, with my Soul”
    Prayers & Love from Ohio
    Shelly ( Rich, Corbin, Carrington,Carlee & Crosbee)

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