Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, February 3, 2000


Carl Harry Franson, Amherst, was born in Sedgwick County on July 20, 1922, to Carl Edwin and Elin Marie [Idh] Franson. He died at Rose Medical Center in Denver on Saturday, January 29, 2000, at the age of 77.


Harry was baptized January 16, 1927, at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Haxtun. He was confirmed at the Fairfield Covenant Evangelical Church on April 24, 1938. Harry attended elementary school in Yuma County.


The family moved in 1933 to the Fairfield community where he completed 10th grade. Harry graduated from Haxtun High School with the class of 1941. Franson enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 25, 1944. He received an honorable discharge on November 18, 1944.


Harry Franson and Evelyn Ruth Oltjenbruns were united in marriage on February 9, 1947, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amherst. This union was blessed with two children, Ardell Kay and Harold Stephen. Harry and Evelyn lived and farmed near Haxtun until 1950, when they relocated to the Amherst community. Harry farmed there for more than four decades until his retirement, maintaining his home on the family farm until his death.


He is preceded in death by his parents.


Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Amherst; a sister, Dorothy Clark Mountain, of Windsor, brothers Robert Franson of Lamar and Richard Franson of Haxtun; his daughter, Ardell Zeiler and husband George of Aurora; his son Harold, and wife Vicki of Brisbane, Australia; grandson, Luke Franson; step-grandson Jeff Zeiler; great-grandson, Nicholas Zeiler; numerous nieces and nephews; and several "adopted" grandkids.


Funeral services for Carl Harry Franson were held on Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at St. Paul's

Lutheran Church in Amherst. Interment followed in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Amherst. Rev

Richard Pierson officiated at the services.


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