In 1958 he returned to Remsen where he was employed by his brother, Gordon, at the Remsen Roller Mill and was also a farm laborer in the Remsen area. In the early 1960s he took over management of the Triangle Lounge in Remsen. He was appointed the first magistrate for Plymouth County in 1973 and served in this capacity for 12 years.
On Sept. 11, 1967, he married Doris (Van Hecke) Mendonsa at Okoboji, and they made their home in Remsen. Francis retired in the mid 1980s. He had been a resident of the Happy Siesta since Feb. 7, 2005.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, V.F.W. Post 3328 and American Legion Post 220, all of Remsen. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid card player.
Survivors, all whom he loved very much and who will miss him very much are his wife, Doris of Remsen; one daughter, Donna Marie Tritz of Jacksonville, Fla.; one stepson, Steve Mendonsa of Gailsburg, Ill.; one grandson, Donald Edwards of Jacksonville, Fla.; two stepgranddaughters, Danielle Reid and her husband Jason of Gailsburg, Ill., and Dana Mendonsa of Chicago, Ill.; two great-stepgrandsons, Bryce and Seth Reid both of Gailsburg, Ill.; one sister, Cleo Lechtenberg of Granville; one brother-in-law, Bob Van Hecke and his wife Joanie of Davenport; one sister-in-law, Charlotte Hanna of Moline, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Debbie Edwards; five brothers, Harry, Raymond, Cyril when a child, Joseph and Gordon; and one sister, Sister Cleo Tritz O.S.F.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Revs. William McCarthy, John J. McGuirk and Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen, with graveside military honors conducted by Post 3328 V.F.W. and Post 220 American Legion may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Mike, Jeff, Hank and Clint Tritz, Mark Rolfes, Dean Rhodes and Jay Schroeder.
Honorary bearers will be Thomas Kockler, Richard Moritz, Charles Neuroth, Bill B. Scheitler, George Wittkop, Veron Hathaway.