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Francis R Traun

Francis R Traun

Francis R. Traun, age 89, of Durand, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2022, at Advent Health in Durand, after a two-year battle with cancer.

Francis was born on February 3, 1933, to Edmund and Ellen (Simpson) Traun on Traun Bluff.  He grew up helping with the work on the family farm.  He attended school in Maxville and Durand High School.  Francis was in the Army for two years and stationed in Germany, where he drove officers around in a jeep – we can only imagine the rides he must have given them. 

He married Carol Berger in August 1958, at Holy Rosary Church in Lima.  They were blessed with three children Daniel, Deborah, and Donald. 

He worked at National Presto and Bauer Built and was very dedicated to his jobs.   Francis was known to have walked to work through waist high snow so he could have the parking lots plowed and ready for the workers in the morning.  Francis was a handy man in many areas.  In retirement, Francis used his talent as a handyman by taking houses that needed tender loving care and making them look brand new.  He did an outstanding job on those houses and received many compliments on them.  He enjoyed painting, wood working, gardening, and going on walks.

Over the years, free time was spent working on family projects, weekend getaways, playing cards, scrabble, and other games.  Francis really enjoyed playing cards with his grandson to see who could win the game, all the while each was inventing their own rules to win the game. 

The entire family has fond memories of going on family vacations to different states, until everyone grew too old to enjoy new adventures. 

Francis will be greatly missed; may he rest in peace.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Ellen, brother Cyril, and nephews Chuck, Larry, and Douglas.  Francis was also preceded in death by his in-laws Fred and Mildred Berger, Theresa & Francis Maenner, William & Elaine Berger, James Berger, Wilma Berger, Duane Grasser, and nephews, Francis Jr and John Maenner.  He is survived by his wife Carol, children Daniel, Deborah, and Donald (Lisa), and grandson Nathan.  Brothers Dennis (Willy), Mort (Elaine), Lawrence (Barb), sister Mary (Dave) Gerhart, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by in-laws Margie (Bill) Allen, Kathleen Grasser, and many nieces and nephews.

Francis requested a private family graveside service at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Lima with Military Honors.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Bridget Ellen Kovacs

    To the Traun family and cousins. Sorry to hear about Francis. May he rest in peace.

  2. Jenny

    Carol and family-Sorry for your loss of Francis. I have many, many great memories of family and holiday gatherings with Trauns, Bergers, Grassers and Maenners. May he Rest In Peace.

  3. Maralyn Anderson

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father Debbie. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  4. Tim & Barb Heffernan

    We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed talking to Francis! We are keeping all of you in our prayers.

  5. Diane and Dan Bauer

    Debbie, Carol, Dan and Don………so sorry about the loss of your dad. He was such a nice person. We always enjoyed talking with him. May he Rest In Peace.

  6. Anton & Mary Ann Schuh

    Dear family, we are so sorry for your loss, the condolence being he is now with his heavenly father. Also love the memories he has been able to have given to his family. The memories will be with you all the rest of your lives. God Bless to all families. The Schuhs.

  7. Ruth Paulson

    My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Prayers are with you.

  8. Lawrence Berger

    Carol and all,
    I am sorry and you have my prayers. I didn't know Francis was ill.

  9. Don and Rita Schlosser

    With deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  10. June Baker

    Sympathy and prayers to your family, Deborah.

  11. Ellen Sabelko

    My Dear First Cousins, fondly called The Traun Kids,

    My heartfelt and deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother. Francis.
    In the decades in which we grew up, it was considered a high compliment to be called a Good Man.
    Francis was certainly and simply that....A Good Man.
    My sincere condolences to his entire family.
    Ellen (Simpson) Sabelko2

  12. Amanda Glaus

    So sorry to hear of your father and grandfather's passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Valerene Cataract

    So for sorry for your loss. I will miss Francis coming into the store and getting his coffee and visiting for awhile.

  14. Margie Traun

    Carol and Family - Sorry to hear about Francis.
    Prayers for all

  15. Bob Simpson

    Our deepest sympathies to the family. RIP!

  16. Tim, Kris, and Katie bignell

    Sympathies to all of Francis’ family. He was always so friendly and such a hard worker. Loved seeing him in the neighborhood. May your memories bring you comfort. I will miss seeing him.

  17. Larry and Carol Prissel

    You all have our Sympathy God Bless you

  18. Rita Koller Kepple

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you during this difficult time.

  19. Dale and Laurel Gruber

    Sincere sympathy and friendship for your family

  20. Colleen and Randy Weiss

    Dan and family, our sincere sympathies to all of you on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.

  21. Brent Stewart

    Sorry for your loss. Had great talks with him.

  22. Tim and Julie Milliren

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family!

  23. Chris Galewski

    I called on Francis at Bauer Built when I was delivering welding supplies back in the early 90's.

    He was always friendly and took time for me and placed an occasional order.
    Never forgot that.
    Rest in peace.

  24. Elizabeth Bauer

    My sympathies to the family, I saw him often working on his houses. May he RIP.

    Elizabeth Bauer

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