David (Dave) Charles Franzen, age 80, of Rochester, MN, left us on Saturday, December 19, 2020, from natural causes.
Dave was born on July 19, 1940, to Dorothy (Stegner) and Merrill Franzen, and grew up in SE Minnesota. The son of a railroad man, Dave’s family moved from train depot to train depot, even living in one for a time before settling in Rochester. Dave always retained a strong love of trains and built several elaborate models over the years.
After moving to Rochester, Dave met Sandra Puhl, whom he married in 1963. During their 10-year marriage, they were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Deborah and Teresa. He later met and married Dawne Loree Hamman in 1977. They filled out the family with two amazing children, Nicholas and Nichelle.
A retired postal worker, Dave’s first love (besides his family) was music. For over 40 years he was a lead singer/lead guitarist for multiple bands in the region: The Mods, TradeWinde, The Reflections, and countless others across SE Minnesota.
Dave was an avid astronomer and spent countless hours looking to the stars through his many telescopes. Many a family adventure was shared chasing major astronomical events, most recently the solar eclipse of 2017 where they travelled to McCool Junction, Nebraska.
Dave dabbled in multiple hobbies over his lifetime, including archery, photography, home improvement, model building, competitive weight lifting, and seemed willing to try just about anything at least once. An accomplished artist, Dave’s work can be seen throughout the country, on vans, signs, and multiple businesses in the Rochester area, including post offices and the local Y.
With all of his diverse interests, Dave was a dedicated friend, loving husband, and doting father who shared in the joys of the many interests of his friends, wife, and children. Those who knew him will remember Dave’s infectious smile and sarcastic sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and Merrill; and 5 sisters, Diane, Nancy, Alice, Elaine, and Karen. He is survived by his soulmate & devoted wife of 43 years, Dawne (Hammann); four children, Deb Franzen (Nate Keating), Teri Franzen (John Baumlin), Nick Franzen, and Nichelle Franzen (Adam Otto); plus countless nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Due to Covid public health concerns, no visitation or services will be held at this time. A celebration of Dave’s life will take place at a later date. Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Dave may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com