Martin “Marty” Leo Fransen, 75, passed away on November 6, 2021, in Sanford Medical West Campus surrounded by his loving family and friends. Martin Fransen was born on September 24, 1946, to Herbert and Edna (Pederson) Fransen in Webster, SD. He graduated from Peever Highschool before enlisting in the Army on February 28, 1966. He served for three years and in that time his special training was related to Aircraft mechanics and repairs. He served in Vietnam as a Crew Chief Door Gunner. Marty received the medals of Sharpshooter with the Rifle M-14, Vietnam Service Medal, 3 Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 2 Overseas Service Bars, the Air Medal, the Aircraft Crewman Badge, a Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. After his time in the service, he earned a four-year degree at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD in 1972. Marty married Kathy Donley in 1972, and together they adopted Allison in 1986. Upon graduation from college, he taught high school math in Madison, SD. He then moved back to Aberdeen, SD and started working in the lumber yard business. He then lived in Napoleon, ND before moving to Fargo in 1984. He worked at United Building Centers (UBC), and then at Jordan Millwork, Georgia Pacific, Crane Johnson, M&H, and US Bank. Marty was a very loyal friend and a loving father to Allison. His daughter was his whole world, as he was hers. Marty’s friendship will be missed by all who knew him. Martin is survived by his daughter Allison Fransen, his granddaughter Nova Fransen, his sister Mary Lee (Calvin) Hills, and many friends. Martin was preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Edna Fransen.

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  1. Marty will truly be missed at the AMVETS club. His smiling face and awesome nature. Singing Doris Day at Karaoke.

  2. Oh Allison,( and Kathy ) we are so so sorry for your loss. Our sincere sympathy to all of you.

    Sherry and Gary Villiard

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss Allison. I worked with your dad at M&H. We always had fun goofing off and making the evening as fun as possible. You would always come in and visit your dad. He sure thought the world of you RIP Marty Love Rita

  4. Allison, Nova and Mary Lee. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Your father, grandfather and brother brought such great joy, happiness, humor and some song too, into AMVETS. His smile contagious, made all around him smile! His service to his country, priceless, but above all he was so very proud of all of you. God Bless you and may He bring you comfort knowing Marty’s in pretty darn good hands! Take care

  5. We cherish the memories we have of Marty: When he was the manager for the UBC at Napoleon, Vince was the manager of UBC in Linton and we did a lot of things together. We share our sympathy with Allison and Nova.

  6. We will miss ” hickory ” a lot. Marty had a unique sense of humor and a kind word for everyone. I hope that you will find peace in all the wonderful memories you have of him. We know that he lives on in alison and nova.

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