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Zachary Fransen 1993 – 2023

Zachary Lee Fransen, 29, of West Fargo, passed away early on the morning of January 4, 2023.
Zachary was Born April 12, 1993 at St Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls MN to Ramona Lee Kennelly and Lonnie Lee Fransen. He grew up and attended school in Royalton, Menahga and New Prague, MN, graduating from Menahga Public High School with the class of 2011. During his school years, Zach was “brother” to many foreign exchange students from all over the world who were hosted by his family.
At the age of 7, an important person came into his life: his sister Rhiannon Margaret Roth. A more patient big brother there never was. He always looked out for his little sister, even when she grew taller than he was!
When Zachary was 17 years old, between his junior and senior year of high school, he joined the Minnesota National Guard and went to Basic training in Fort Benning Georgia. Through his military service he gained many brothers and sisters, and saw some of the world, traveling to California, Lithuania, Texas and a year of deployment to Kuwait.
In October of 2017, Zach started dating his love, Rebecca Jade Radermacher, to whom he was a devoted partner until his death.
Zachary is survived by his life partner, Rebecca, mother Ramona (Lance Sumstad), father Lonnie, sister Rhiannon (Mary Haakenson), maternal grandmother Dorothy Kennelly (Luke Whitaker), “brothers” Brandon (Lindsey) Fransen, Cody Fransen (Chyanne Sullinger) and David Tomperi, many aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as many friends who became family.
Zachary was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, F.A. “Turk” Kennelly, uncle, Lance Kennelly, and paternal grandparents, Irvin “Pete” and Elona Fransen.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Eastside Christian Church, 16623 State Highway 87, Park Rapids, MN, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were entrusted to Wevley Funeral Home of Sebeka. Online condolences can be left at

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