Francis Calvin Zetah, 85, of Motley passed away November 10, 2016 at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Hospital.
Services were held November 14 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Motley, with Father Joe Korf officiating.
Interment with Military Honors was held at the Motley Public Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples.
Francis was born on September 27, 1931, in Staples to Sylvester (Wes) and Veronica (Vern Schmidt) Zetah. He graduated from Morris Agricultural High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. Francis married MaryAnn Konen on November 14, 1955. Francis and MaryAnn farmed their entire lives near Motley. He was a lifetime member of St. Michaels Catholic Church and the Randall VRW Post #9073. They built a 20-unit apartment building in Motley for Senior Citizens in 1979. Francis was active in politics, enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming. The couple would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Nov. 14.
Francis is survived by his wife; one son, Kenneth (Connie) of Motley, ; five daughters, Diane (Russell) Anderson of Maplewood, Janet Eischeid of Motley, Debra (Duane) Bender of Cambridge, Linda (Alan) Card of Motley and Patricia (Michael) Simonet of Brooklyn Park; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rose Zetah; two brothers, Donald (Jane) of Brainerd and Thomas (Karen) of Motley; three sisters, Barbara (Costas) Nichols of Fridley, Rebecca Theilen of Cambridge and Theresa (Jerry) Kruger of Maple Grove. Orel Granby was a committed friend and farm hand that always eased Francis’ mind by helping on the farm.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Nicole Zetah and one brother, Gerald.