Melvin Leland Franzen, 85, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 19, 2011) at his home. 


Melvin Leland Franzen, 85, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 19, 2011) at his home.  
He was born on Nov. 23, 1925, at the Franzen home place just north of Goessel and was the third child born to John and Kornelia (Klassen) Franzen.
He was a farmer and, since 1974, the owner/operator of Franzen Repair. He was a member of Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Goessel.    
On March 25, 1950, he married Mildred Jean Schmidt at Tabor Mennonite Church.  
Survivors are Mildred, his wife of 61 years; two daughters, LaVerle Franzen of Newton, and Teresa and Loyd Kennedy of Ceder Vale; one son, Doyle and Nancy Franzen of rural Newton; six grandchildren, Heather, Bethany, Andrew and Alex Kennedy, and Jeff and Lane Franzen. Other survivors include one brother, Eugene Franzen of rural Canton, and one sister, Marjorie Janzen of North Newton.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Ott Funeral Home in Goessel, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.  
Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Tabor Mennonite Church Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at 10:30 a.m. at Tabor Mennonite Church. Pastor Corey Miller will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Tabor Mennonite Church care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home in Goessel.