VERNDALE -- Francis D. Black, 86, Verndale, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.
He was born Sept. 29, 1916, in Celina, Ohio, to Rulie and Myrtle (Trissel) Black. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren. He attended early school in Ohio. He married Dorothy Katherine Ammon on Nov. 15, 1940. He served during World War II as a corporal in the 1st Calvary Unit in Fort Bliss, Texas, as a military police 677, serving border control and guarding prisoners of war in the stockade. His war decorations were American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He and his family lived in White Cloud, Mich., in 1950. They moved to Hunnewell, Mo., in 1959 to farm and build bridges. They moved to Verndale in 1970. He continued working in construction and farming until his retirement in 1980.
Survivors include his wife; seven daughters, Marilyn Magruder, Montgomery City, Mo., Susan Wilson, Perry, Mo., Sharon Sherman, Monroe City, Mo., Linda Rogers, Wadena, Tina Hughs, Wadena, Kathy Shave, Frazee, and Sandy Hieb, Verndale; six sons, Dave Black, Curryvill, Mo., Bill Black, Wadena, Tom Black, Nerstrand, Ted Black, Verndale, Mike Black, Wadena, and Mark Black, Motley; 42 grandchildren; 105 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Prince, Lester, Martin, Chester and Don, Ohio; and a sister, Marcella Snyder, Ohio.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bielema Family Funeral Home in Verndale with the Rev. Allen Fultz officiating. Burial will be in Missouri at a later date.
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