Dennis R. Fransen - 62

11/17/1953 - 3/18/2016

Stillman Valley, IL

Stillman Valley – Dennis R. Fransen, age 62, died Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Kindred Hospital in Sycamore. He was born Nov. 17, 1953 in Rockford the son of Ferdinand and Ruth (Maurer) Fransen. He graduated from Byron High School in 1973. Dennis formerly worked for Bemis Motor Company in Byron. He married Melody J. Friemuth on Nov. 16, 1974; she preceded him in death in 2003. Dennis was a member of the Byron-Oregon Sportsman’s Club where he enjoyed archery. He also enjoyed fishing, following College basketball, and NASCAR. He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth and wife Melody. He is survived by his father Ferdinand Fransen of Byron, son Todd, sister Donna (Richard) Vanvelzer of Oregon, sister-in-law Melanie Gipson, brother-in-law Richard Knight of Stillman Valley, nieces and nephews; Zachary, Katie, Kim, Jennifer, Heather, Michael, and Alicia, and great nieces Brinna and Samantha, and great nephew Dylan Boyd. Private graveside service will be held at Stillman Valley Cemetery with Rev. Rick Lindholtz of the Valley Evangelical Covenant Church officiating. A celebration of life service will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at the Oregon-Byron Sportsman's Club. A memorial fund is established for the Bread of Life Food Pantry at the Valley Evangelical Covenant Church in Dennis’s name. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley is assisting the family.

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