Francis Junior Furcht was born on April 9, 1923, to Florence Francis and Maggie Scott Furcht in Knoxville, Iowa. He passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of eighty-nine.
Francis received his early education in the Knoxville Schools and attended Knoxville High School through the eleventh grade. He entered the military in 1943 and served in Patton’s Army Infantry with the Anti-Aircraft Division. He saw action in Normandy, Rhineland, Northern France, and Central Campaign in Europe. He was honorably discharged November 7, 1945. After the war he re-enlisted and served in the Army Occupational Forces in Frankfurt, Germany. He was honorably discharged April 18, 1947, at Fort Dixon, New Jersey. He received a WWII Victory Medal.
On October 2, 1948, Francis was united in marriage with Beverly Den Hartog. To this union three daughters were born: Wanda, Arlene, and Karen.
Francis and Beverly raised their family on the farm. They farmed for forty years, then moved to Pella. Francis was a member of the Third Reformed Church all his married life. He was also a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed farming and was known as a hard worker. Francis had a pilot’s license all his life.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Beverly of Pella; his three daughters: Wanda Brom of Des Moines, Arlene (Dave) Parthun of LaPorte, Indiana, and Karen Fitzsimmons of Pella; seven grandchildren; one sister, Alberta Clark and her husband Don of Knoxville, Iowa; and two nephews: Mike Clark of Des Moines, Iowa, and Dennis Clark of Oceanside, California.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 3, 2012, at the Garden Chapel Funeral Home in Pella. Burial took place at the Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements were made the Garden Chapel Funeral Home.