Created: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:26:00 CST
Updated: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:34:03 CST
Memorial Mass for Francis J. “Frank” Dragoun will be conducted from the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Thomas Lux officiating. Inurnment will be held in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska with military honors provided by the North Platte, Nebraska Military Honor Guard in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard at 3:00 p.m.
Francis Joseph “Frank” Dragoun, 84 years of age, of DeBary, Florida (formerly of Holdrege) passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 9, 2013 while visiting family in Thornton, Colorado. Frank was born September 21, 1929 at Omaha, Nebraska, the eldest of two sons born to Frank and Anna (Schwieger) Dragoun. He received his education from Omaha Creighton Prep High School, graduating with the class of 1947. On December 8, 1947 he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps, serving his country during the Korean War until his honorable discharge on December 7, 1951. Following his service, Frank returned home to Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He then attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins, where he received his Master’s Degree in Engineering.
On June 26, 1954 he was united in marriage to Joan Marie Jensen and to this union three daughters were born: Deanne, Sandra and Michelle. In 1970, the family settled to Holdrege, where Frank was employed by the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, eventually serving in a manager position until his retirement. During his time at Central, he was instrumental in the construction of the Kingsley Dam and Power Plant.
On March 17, 2001 he was united in marriage to Boo Sostad in Deltona, Florida. The couple enjoyed time spent between Holdrege and Florida. Frank and Boo shared many years together traveling; a recent highlight was a trip to Korea, where Frank was honored by the Korean Government as an Ambassador of Peace this past September.
Frank was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, served as Commodore of the Marine League in DeBary, and also served as Vice-President DeBary Rotary Club. He was also very active in giving back to the communities where he lived, which included 17 different service organizations.
He leaves to mourn his passing; his wife, Boo Dragoun of DeBary, Florida; two daughters: Deanne Casey of Richmond, Indiana and Michelle Dragoun of Holdrege; two step-sons: Jay Sostad of Phoenix, Arizona and Jon Sostad and his wife, Angie of Kearney, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Richard Dragoun and his wife, Donna of Omaha; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan on Aug. 11, 1984; and daughter, Sandra Medinger in 2013.
Visitation will be held at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A rosary will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.
A memorial has been established in Frank’s honor and kindly suggested to Second Chance at Life in Rexford, Kansas.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.