Dale O. Franson


Dale O. Franson, 78, of Strum, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, Monday, January 29, 2024, after a short battle with cancer, under the care of Heartland Hospice.

Dale was born June 12, 1945, in Whitehall to Otis and Mae (Anderson) Franson. He valued hard work from an early age. Dale worked on the family farm and the Strum Co-Op until buying his uncle’s cattle hauling business. After selling his business, Dale drove semi-trucks over the road and later became the manager of Redi-Mix in Osseo, and finally finishing his working years driving school bus for Eleva-Strum Central, retiring in his early 70s. Dale was united in marriage September 4, 1965, to Linda Mae Holstad. To their union they added two children. He and Linda enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Dale was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be truly missed by his loved ones.

Dale is survived by his wife, Linda of Strum; children: Jodi (Steve) Patterson of Virginia and Jason (Laurie) Franson of Colorado; grandchildren: Ian Patterson, Hunter (Kellee) Patterson, Andrew (Shannon) Franson, Nicholas Franson, and Jayna Franson; two great-grandsons: Maxton and McCoy Patterson; brother, Eric (Karen) Franson of Strum; sister-in-law, Roxie (late, Jarvis) Holstad; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, John and Pearl Holstad; brothers-in-law: Jarvis Holstad and Pat Holstad; and sister-in-law, Pam Holstad.

Per Dale’s wishes, a private graveside service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Strum. To express condolences to his family online, please visit www.edisonfuneralhome.com.

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