MARQUETTE, Mich. - Francis Vern Bleckiner, age 68, of Marquette, entered eternal life Monday, August 20, 2012, at Marquette General Hospital, in the loving, comforting care of his wife, Claudia, and best friend, Gary.
Born July 8, 1944 in Marquette, a son of Vernon L. and Sylvia (Sharron) Bleckiner, Fran was a 1962 graduate of the Bishop Baraga High School, and lifelong Marquette resident. Fran served in the US Coast Guard for nine years. Following his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Northern Michigan University where he studied for a year. He then was employed at the Marquette County Sheriff's Department for four years before beginning a career with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company as a mechanic, a position he held for thirty years prior to retirement. Fran was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Richard Jopling Post 44 of the American Legion. He recently celebrated the 50th reunion of the Bishop Baraga Class of 1962 with his classmates.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Claudia (Hawke) Bleckiner, whom he married on February 14, 1970; his son, Brent Bleckiner; daughter-in-law, Jessica Bleckiner; granddaughters, Brianna and Lucy Bleckiner; stepmother, Jan Bleckiner; sisters, Sharon (Jim) Seibert; brothers, Roger Bleckiner and John (Jen) Bleckiner; brother-in-law, Bill (Cindy) Adrian; his aunt, Carol Roberts; brother, John (BJ) Geueke; sister, Meg (Dan) Koenigsknecht; his faithful beloved cat, Caesar and numerous nieces and nephews; and best friends, Gary Hoffman and Jerry Beard. Fran was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Sylvia Bleckiner; uncle and aunt, Fran and Rose Bleckiner; cousin, Jane Bleckiner and mother-in-law, Alice Adrian.
Francis Vern Bleckiner
Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Thursday, August 23, from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Leon Jarvis, Marquette General Hospital chaplain, will preside. Veteran's honors will be provided by members of Jopling Post 44 of the American Legion. Fran was proud to have served his country through his military service and, in lieu of flowers, donations to the American Legion Honor Guard, so that they may be able to provide honors for future fallen veterans, would be appreciated.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com