Vernon "Big Dane" L. Frandsen
September 7, 1929 - February 3, 2016
Vernon L. ‘Big Dane’ Frandsen, age 86 of Fremont, formerly of the Uehling area
Died Wednesday February 3 at Fremont Health Medical Center
Vernon was born in Kennard, Nebraska on September 7, 1929 to Lars and Johanna ‘Cook’ Frandsen. He grew up in several small communities in the Uehling area. He graduated from Uehling High School in 1948. After high school he drove a truck for several different companies. In 1951 Vernon joined the Army and served until 1953. He married Jane A. Von Essen in 1953 and after their marriage they lived on a farm near Swaburg until 1963. They moved to a farm near Hooper and lived there for 2 years before moving to the Von Essen home place. Vernon retired in 1991 and the couple moved to Fremont. After retirement, Vernon continued to assist Galen Johnson on his farm.
Vernon was a member of Uehling American Legion Post 196, Uehling Lions Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Uehling. Vernon and Jane were members of the same card club for over 60 years. While living in Fremont they would attend First Lutheran Church.
Children – Susan (Gale) Corr of Boise, ID.
Kim (Doug) Johnson of Lincoln
Brad (Judy) Frandsen of Lincoln
6 grandchildren – Brian (Julia Holleman) Corr and Justin (Katie Colwell) Corr
Jennifer and James (Fiancée Chelsea Matesi) Cottrell
Neleigh and Emily Frandsen
3 step grandchildren – Jeff and Stacy Johnson
Leesa (Brent) Balik
2 great grandchildren – Noah and Phillip Corr
Sister – Verda (Tom) Dougherty of Arizona
Sisters-in-law – Glenice (John) Watson of O’Neill, NE.
Judy Otteman of Boise, ID.
Brother-in-law - Herman (Lois) Von Essen of Mazeppa, MN
many nieces and nephews
Vernon was preceded in death by his wife Jane in November of 2015, parents, son-in-law Bob Cottrell and infant brothers.
The funeral will be 10am Monday at the Uehling Auditorium. The Rev. Mark Eldal will officiate. Burial will follow in the Elim Lutheran Cemetery in Swaburg with Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Uehling Park or Auditorium. Visitation will be Sunday with the family receiving friends from 1pm to 5pm at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue for one hour before the service in Uehling.
Obituary courtesy of Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.