Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2012

Obituary – Francis Lee Pflanz

DAKOTA CITY — Francis Lee Pflanz, 78, Dakota City, died Feb. 3, 2012, at Regency Square Care Center, South Sioux City.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m., and a Rosary at 7 p.m., Feb. 8, at Mohr Funeral Home, South Sioux City.
Services will be 11 a.m., Feb. 9, at the Mohr Funeral Home, South Sioux City, with Father Oscar Perez officiating.
Burial will be in the Belden Cemetery, Belden.

Francis was born in rural Belden, Jan. 10, 1934, to Edward and Mabel (Fish) Pflanz. He grew up in the Belden area and graduated from Belden High School. He worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Francis was also a medic in the Naval Reserve. He married Severa Lange at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Coleridge. The couple lived in Belden, then Worden, Mont., before Francis moved back to Dakota City, due to a job transfer. After 42 years with the railroad, he retired and volunteered at the South Sioux City Senior Center where he delivered ‘Meals on Wheels.’ He also volunteered at the South Sioux City Eagles Club.
Francis was a lifetime member of the Dakota City American Legion and the South Sioux City Eagles Club.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting deer and elk, and was an accomplished mechanic. He was very generous, always there to lend a helping hand. Francis especially loved his cat, Kelli.
Survivors include his wife, Severa, Worden, Mont.; three sons, Charles Pflanz, Belton, Mont.; Douglas Pflanz, Andover, Kan.; and Marti Pflanz, Aliso Viejo, Calif.; two grandsons, Travis and Nathan Pflanz; brother, Donnovan and wife, Rosemary Pflanz, Norfolk; sister, Virginia and husband, Gene Magden, Sioux City, Iowa; special nieces and nephews, Dennis and Jeffrey Magden, Lori (Donny) and Cash Bratetic, Lisa (Craig) and Colin Campbell; and many other nieces and nephews.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mabel Pflanz.