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Francis J. John Washburn -- Maple Grove

September 17, 2018

Francis J. “Fran” Washburn, 80, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Fran was born in Rochester on May 11, 1938, to Francis C. and Myrtle (Mourning) Washburn. He graduated from Rochester High School and then the University of Minnesota. While in Dental School, he met the love of his life, Katherine Anderson, and they were married on July 14, 1962.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force (Newfoundland, Canada), he and Kathy moved to Rochester, where Fran started the 12th Street Dental Office. He truly enjoyed working alongside his staff and appreciated all his patients over the years. He practiced dentistry from 1965 until 1994.

Fran served as both the President and Secretary of the SE District Dental Society and was very active in the Zumbro Valley Dental Society. He was a board member of the YMCA and active with the Boys Scouts. When not filling teeth, he enjoyed spoiling the three women he fiercely loved, playing golf, fishing, tying flies, bowling, and woodworking.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; parents, Francis and Myrtle; and an infant brother. He is survived by his two daughters, Kristin (Gregg) Gabriel and Joelle (Leif) Syverson; sister, Janet (Jim) Lang; stepmother, Beverly Washburn; stepsisters, Holly (Vern) Larkin and Kelly King; five grandchildren, Ryan and Kevin Gabriel, Ellyse (Ryan) Ness, Elliot and Aaron Syverson; four nieces and two nephews. He also had a brother, Henry Washburn.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester with visitation one hour prior. Private interment. Memorials preferred to Humor to Fight the Tumor Foundation and Grace Hospice.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.

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