Richard H. Franzen, Sr.
Date of Birth
September 26, 1942
Elmwood, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
November 29, 2021
Whitt, Texas
Funeral Service Directions

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 ~ 11:00 a.m.
Greenwood Christian Church ~ Greenwood, Nebraska
Interment with Military Honors at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery ~ Greenwood, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Monday, December 6, 2021 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Richard Herman Franzen, Sr. 79 of Whitt, TX

September 26, 1942 – November 29, 2021

Richard was born in Elmwood, NE on September 26, 1942, the third of five children.  On October 4, 1966 he married Judy Flanagan.  From this union three children were born, Richard Jr, Steven and Tina.

Richard worked in road construction, as a mechanic for Mid-city Toyota, and town maintenance for Greenwood, NE.  He retired from the U.S. Army upon serving from Sep. 1962 to Apr. 1985.

During this time served in Transportation, achieving the rank of Master Sgt .  He served tours in Italy, Germany and Vietnam; plus various stateside posts. He lived in Whitt, TX for 10 years and passed away on November 29, 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Franzen; children, Richard Franzen Jr., Steven Franzen, and Tina (Jeffery) Welch; grandchildren, Tessica, Shelbie, Kayla, Devon, Savanna, Jacob, Tyler, Joseph, and Travis; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Brittany; sister, Joyce Urbanovski; brother, Bill Franzen.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Franzen; mother, Ella Williams and step- father Richard Williams; sisters, Jeannie Tuttle and Marcia Walters.



Condolences for Richard H. Franzen, Sr.
  1. Gail & Gloria Portenier
    • December 5, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Dear Judy, We have been running through out memories that we have created together at Greenwood. Thinking of your ministering to the church. Thinking of our various time of our visits with Richard. I am sorry that I am unable to conduct the funeral service. I will be bring Gloria home that day. We love and appreciate all that you have meant in our life. Gail and Gloria Portenier

  2. John & Evelyn Janousek
    • December 6, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Judy and family, We wish to express our sympathy for your loss of Richard (Butch) Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. • December 6, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Also thinking through the years spent at Greenwood Christian Church where I met Rich and Judy and family. Always enjoyed visits with Rich in one of his several homes he’d remodeled or built through the years. I always admired his energy and abilities to build! Judy will always be our dear friend and sister in Christ whose faithful ministry was to help accompany in worship and take care of church administrative needs so faithfully over many. many years!

  4. Tom and Lisa Tatum
    • December 7, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Judy, we are sending love and prayers and thinking about how much everyone is going to miss the two of you together at our reunions. The love between the two of you was palpable, and is how we strive to be everyday. Please continue to join our reunions, so we can all honor Richard and learn more about his life 🙏. Richard was a great man and will be sorely missed. RIP Soldier

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