Roy A. Frandsen, 93, of Baldwin, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday evening, March 5, 2018, at his home.
A celebration of Roy's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A 10 A.M. Knights of Pythias service will be held. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service will be held. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, with military honors.
Roy A. Frandsen was born on October 17, 1924 in Nashville, Iowa, to Carl Peter and Florence Bethelda (Scott) Frandsen. He graduated from Baldwin High School in 1941 at the age of 16. He then attended one year of college at the Maquoketa Junior College before entering the military and serving his country admirably in the U.S Army. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he moved to Chicago where he met the love of his life, Vivian Marie Vandertuin. They were married on November 21, 1949 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and to this union three children were born, Martin, Roice and John.
Following his time in the military Roy began a six year career as an engineer working for Benedix in Davenport, Iowa. During this period Benedix had a private contract with NASA and Roy worked on the Apollo program. He then worked at Cartridge Pak and later Michel's T.V. and Appliance in Maquoketa for approximately three years. For many years Roy had also owned and operated Roy's T.V. Repair Shop in Baldwin. Lastly, he worked as a rural mail carrier in Maquoketa until his retirement in 1990.
Roy was active in the Maquoketa community with his time, talent and resources. He was a member of the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM where he served as a past Master and later became a 32nd degree Mason and also joined the Scottish Rites, Yorkrite and KAABA Shrine. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Maquoketa where he served as a past Grand Chancellor. Some other memberships included the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.
Roy enjoyed golfing and had been a longtime member of the Maquoketa Country Club golfing until age 90. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing and in his younger years, archery.
Those left to honor Roy's memory include his wife Vivian Frandsen of Baldwin, IA; children, Martin (Ardith) Frandsen of Bettendorf, IA, Roice Earles of Maquoketa, IA, and John (Lerna) Frandsen of New Carrollton, MD; 4 grandchildren, Aaron, Kristin, Ian and Dane; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Art (Karen) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA and Larry (Joyce) Frandsen of DeWitt, IA; and sisters: Velma Witt of Denver, CO, and Ione (David) Nelson of Eldridge, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul "Buster" Frandsen and Harvey Frandsen, and 4 sisters, infants Viola and Lorraine, and Ruby Voss and Irene Kleinsmith.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Roy A. Frandsen memorial fund has been established.
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