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Plains Edition Obituaries 3-20-10

Milford Francil, 89, lifetime Keith County farmer, died March 5, 2010, in the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh, Neb.

He was born Nov. 9, 1920, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Louis and Clara (Krepel) Francil. He attended country school near their home north of Brule. He graduated from Ogallala High School with the Class of 1939.

On May 9, 1941, he married Lois Peterson of Arthur, Neb. On Aug. 21, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army-Air Force at Fort Warren, Wyo. He received his basic training in Kearns, Utah. He served as a motorcycle military policeman, airplane engine mechanic, and post electrician. Serving during World War II he fought in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Rhineland, Northern France, and in Central Europe. He was a carbine sharpshooter and was a sergeant in the 31st Mobile Repair and Reclamation Squadron.

After being discharged on Nov. 1, 1945, in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he returned to farming and also worked for his father-in-law Henry Peterson in Arthur County. He also was employed as a gravel truck driver and helped with the building of Kingsley Dam. His hobbies including welding.

When he was 32 years old he became paralyzed with polio and was in an iron lung. His love of farming was so strong he rode long hours on the tractor with his Uncle Vincent John Francil. With the help of his wife Lois, he farmed again and the family lived in his grandmother Anna’s house on the farm. He retired in 1999.

He was a member of St. Lukes Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Survivors include his daughter, April and her husband, Brad Harms and their son, Garrett, all of Brule, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois in 1991; two sisters, Irene Kaps and Phyllis Vasa; and two brothers, Johnny Francil and Edgar Francil.

Milford Francil, 89, lifetime Keith County farmer, died March 5, 2010, in the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh, Neb.

He was born Nov. 9, 1920, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Louis and Clara (Krepel) Francil. He attended country school near their home north of Brule. He graduated from Ogallala High School with the Class of 1939.

On May 9, 1941, he married Lois Peterson of Arthur, Neb. On Aug. 21, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army-Air Force at Fort Warren, Wyo. He received his basic training in Kearns, Utah. He served as a motorcycle military policeman, airplane engine mechanic, and post electrician. Serving during World War II he fought in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Rhineland, Northern France, and in Central Europe. He was a carbine sharpshooter and was a sergeant in the 31st Mobile Repair and Reclamation Squadron.

After being discharged on Nov. 1, 1945, in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he returned to farming and also worked for his father-in-law Henry Peterson in Arthur County. He also was employed as a gravel truck driver and helped with the building of Kingsley Dam. His hobbies including welding.

When he was 32 years old he became paralyzed with polio and was in an iron lung. His love of farming was so strong he rode long hours on the tractor with his Uncle Vincent John Francil. With the help of his wife Lois, he farmed again and the family lived in his grandmother Anna’s house on the farm. He retired in 1999.

He was a member of St. Lukes Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his daughter, April and her husband, Brad Harms and their son, Garrett, all of Brule, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois in 1991; two sisters, Irene Kaps and Phyllis Vasa; and two brothers, Johnny Francil and Edgar Francil.

Milford Francil, 89, lifetime Keith County farmer, died March 5, 2010, in the Garden County Nursing Home in Oshkosh, Neb.

He was born Nov. 9, 1920, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Louis and Clara (Krepel) Francil. He attended country school near their home north of Brule. He graduated from Ogallala High School with the Class of 1939.

On May 9, 1941, he married Lois Peterson of Arthur, Neb. On Aug. 21, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army-Air Force at Fort Warren, Wyo. He received his basic training in Kearns, Utah. He served as a motorcycle military policeman, airplane engine mechanic, and post electrician. Serving during World War II he fought in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Rhineland, Northern France, and in Central Europe. He was a carbine sharpshooter and was a sergeant in the 31st Mobile Repair and Reclamation Squadron.

After being discharged on Nov. 1, 1945, in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he returned to farming and also worked for his father-in-law Henry Peterson in Arthur County. He also was employed as a gravel truck driver and helped with the building of Kingsley Dam. His hobbies including welding.

When he was 32 years old he became paralyzed with polio and was in an iron lung. His love of farming was so strong he rode long hours on the tractor with his Uncle Vincent John Francil. With the help of his wife Lois, he farmed again and the family lived in his grandmother Anna’s house on the farm. He retired in 1999.

He was a member of St. Lukes Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his daughter, April and her husband, Brad Harms and their son, Garrett, all of Brule, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois in 1991; two sisters, Irene Kaps and Phyllis Vasa; and two brothers, Johnny Francil and Edgar Francil.