James R. Franssen, 71

James R. Franssen, age 71 of Broken Bow, died Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 at Bryan LGH in Lincoln.Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 8 a.m. to service time at St. Josephs Catholic Church. A memorial will be designated by the family at a later date. James R. Franssen was born March 18, 1940, in Andale, Kan., to Herman Franssen and Marcella Goetz-Franssen. He moved with his family to Callaway in 1947. Jim grew up in Callaway and graduated from Callaway High School in 1958. Jim moved to Broken Bow after high school where he met the love of his live, Sharon Marie Stewart, and they were married July 5, 1965.Jim opened his own business, Jim Franssen Welding in 1974. Jim and Sharon owned and operated the Tiffany Theater in Broken Bow for 10 years. Jim and Sharon have two daughters, Suzanne and Jennifer. Jim was a very active member of the Broken Bow Fire Department, and in 2011 was recognized for 45 years of service with the Fire Department. He also served as an E.M.T. for many years serving Broken Bow.Jim was an active member of St. Josephs Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the JayCee's and the Optimist Club in the 70's and 80's, and the Nebraska Welders Association. Jim served on the City Council and was Mayor of Broken Bow.After retiring in 2000, he dedicated his time to his lifelong passion of restoring cars. He was a member of the Custer County Car Club and served on the SORC Board.There wasn't anywhere that Jim went that he didn't make friends and strike up a conversation.Jim Franssen is survived by his wife, Sharon Franssen of Broken Bow; two daughters, Suzanne (Eric) Parker of Lyons, Colo., and Jennifer (Jeff) Puetz of Denver, Colo.; a granddaughter, Macie Parker; one brother, Larry (Cheryl) Franssen of Callaway; two sisters, Ruth Overgard of Callaway, and Virginia (Jerry) Moheng of St. Paul; a neice, Kristie Vital, that they helped raise, and several nephews and neices. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne; and a brother, Dale and his wife Cheryl.Published in Custer County Chief, Feb 2, 2012