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Herbert Franzen, 89 - February 13, 2008


Herbert L. Franzen, 89, of California, originally of Gothenburg, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at the Senior Living Concept in Santa Barbara, CA.
Services were held on Feb. 8, at Visalia, CA. Burial took place at the Visalia Cemetery.
Franzen was born May 8, 1918, to Herman and Johanna Mueller Franzen on a family farm north of Gothenburg in Custer County. He was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church.
He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1937 and worked on the family farm. Due to asthma problems, he was encouraged to move to a drier climate and was offered a job with his uncle harvesting watermelons at Kingsburg, CA.
Franzen met his wife, Phyllis Peterson, while working at Kingsburg. The couple were united in marriage on April 18, 1943, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kingsburg.
He had served in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. Following his discharge, he worked as a state building inspector in California until retirement in Visalia. His retirement included much work at Grace Lutheran Church and School, serving several council seats. He was also a life-long member of the Board of Elders. Due to health reasons, he had moved in with his son, Duane, to Goleta, CA.
?Franzen was preceded in death by: his parents, Herman and Johanna; brother, Alfred; a daughter, Karen Franzen.
Survivors include: his wife, Phyllis of Santa Barbara, CA; his son, Duane of Goleta; brothers—Richard (June) of Grand Island and Wendell (Orvella) of Visalia; three grandchildren—Jill Machado, Mathew Franzen and Paul Franzen, and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to be sent to the family at: Duane Franzen, 7109 Monique Ct., Goleta, CA 93117-2951.

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