April 16, 1923 - May 15, 2013
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Francis "Fran" L. Hassler, age 90, died at the Community Hospital of McCook on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
After the war, Fran returned to McCook where he was united in marriage to Donna Dee Burroughs on Aug. 8, 1946. Donna preceded him in death in 1990. Fran began his long term career at the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 1978 from the Postal Service, having risen through the ranks to become McCook's Postmaster.
Fran was an avid sports fan, observant Roman Catholic, a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 0203 and the VFW Post No. 1652; McCook Elks; National Association of Postmasters of United States. Fran was a committed Democrat in a mostly Republican state.
Fran was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; brothers, Joseph and Robert and a sister, Eleanor.
He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth and husband, Robert Hoyt; Maureen and husband, Lonnie Wood, both of McCook; sons, Jerry and wife, Kathleen of Phoenix, Arizona; Robert of Omaha; 10 grandchildren: two step-grandchildren; eight great-grand-children; two step great-grandchildren; sister: Mary Ann Comminiello of Denver and special friend, Jo Smolczyk.
For over a year, his grandchildren had planned a celebration in honor of his 90th birthday during the Memorial Day weekend. Now, the family will celebrate his life with a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McCook. Rosary will be recited on Friday night, May 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel. Interment will be held at the Calvary Cemetery in McCook.
Visitation will be on Thursday and Friday May 22 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook.
Memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel at 607 Norris, McCook, is in charge of arrangements.