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Francis N. Sherman

Francis N. Sherman

Francis Neil Sherman, 88 of Austin, MN entered God's Kingdom on March 8, 2019. Francis was born to Melvin and Violet (Whitney) Sherman on April 2nd, 1930 in Perham, MN. He attended country school through the 8th grade after which he worked for several farmers, breaking horses and driving school bus until he purchased the family farm in the 1960s. Farm life proved to be an arduous one, tending his Jersey herd (plus a couple stray Guernseys) while raising the crops to feed them, but a gratifying life that he loved. In 1965 he was united in marriage to Beverly Fletcher where they farmed and together had two daughters. Cindy first, followed by Candy 2 years later. He later married June Knopp and from this union his third daughter Rachel was born. His poor eyesight by this time had forced him to retire, sell his beloved farm and move to a home in Basswood where he lived until relocating to Austin MN with his wife Elaine. Francis was passionate about many things, but family, faith, music and tractors topped the list. He was a virtuoso with nearly any stringed instrument, largely self-taught, his favorites being the banjo, mandolin and his beloved fiddle. His aptitude for restoring old tractors, especially Ford 9Ns, was incredible. He could rebuild one from the frame up despite his profound sight deficit. His greatest source of pride, however, was his love for the lord, his grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he cherished. He leaves as his legacy three daughters: Cindy Sperl (Stephen) of Audubon, MN, Candy Lachowitzer (Don) of Ottertail, MN and Rachel Johnson (Peter) of Lawrence, KS. He also leaves to cherish his memory four siblings: Marion Swearingen of Tucson, AZ, Merle Sherman of Frazee, MN, Vance Sherman (Arlene) of Richville, MN and Charlotte Pyles (Jerry) of Anthem, AZ. His treasured grandchildren include: April Leitch (Mick) of Moorhead, MN, MacKenzie Barry of Fergus Falls, MN, Ben Stavaas of Co, Heather Schmid (Tyler) of Vergas, MN, Tyler Gigstead (Laura) of Fargo, ND, Dan Gigstead (Serena) of Detroit Lakes, MN, Brittany Schanandore (James) of Fargo, ND, Madison Guler (Marc) or Fargo, ND, Jenna Schmitz (Charlie) of Fargo, ND, Kate Lachowitzer of Ottertail, MN and step-grandchildren: Evan Lachowitzer (Sam) of Perham, MN and Michael Hendrickx (Alida) of Sebeka, MN. Grandpa Francis was further blessed with 21 great grandchildren (even one with his namesake) and another due to greet us in May. His legacy of love and kindness will live on through them for generations to come. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Violet; brother, Paul Sherman; sister-in-law, Joyce Sherman and brother-in-law, John Swearingen. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Basswood Baptist Church in Richville, MN with visitation one hour prior. The family has many to thank for providing comfort during this most difficult time including the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin for their kindness, friends for encouraging words, timely hugs, Pastor and Mrs. Holmquist and lastly, to Elaine for caring for and being Francis' devoted companion the last years of his life. May God bless the memory of Francis Neil Sherman.