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Francis "Fran" J. Palmersheim

April 7, 1945 — January 16, 2024

Sioux City, IA


Francis Joseph Palmersheim died of Pancreatic Cancer at MercyOne Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa on January 16, 2024.  He was born April 7, 1945 in Hastings Hospital in Elma, Iowa, the third of five boys to Mathias J and Dolores (McGrane) Palmersheim. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Holy Cross Parish - St. Michael Catholic Church in Sioux City with Father David Hemann, Celebrant. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m.

He grew up on farms in the Elma area and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Elma for elementary and high school. After graduating he attended business school in Mason City, Iowa and worked in the banking field for many years.  Fran held Officer and Presidential Positions in various banks in Iowa and Nebraska.  After his retirement from the banking field, he owned and managed computer retail businesses.  He served in many elected positions in professional, civic and local government organizations as a highly respected leader.

He married Judith E Cherland in Feb 1966 and they had three sons.  The marriage ended in divorce.  He subsequently married Carol Grause in Apr 2001 and that marriage ended in divorce. They had one daughter together.

Fran fought a courageous four and a half years fighting Pancreatic Cancer while still taking care of his yard and flower gardens. He enjoyed watching old western movies and baking.  He took lots of treats to the medical facilities on his numerous treatment visits. 

He is survived by both of his former wives; his children; David (Renee), Michael (Stephanie), Steven, and Kaitlin.  Grandchildren Garrett, Emily, Alison, Elise, Aaron, and Jessica; Step-grandchildren Michaela Schwartz and Garrett Praster and Great-Grandsons Aiden and Oliver Palmersheim.  

He is also survived by his brothers, Robert (Karen) of Lawler, Iowa; Kenneth, (Penny) of Hudson, Wisconsin; Patrick (Susan) of Des Moines, Iowa; and Richard (Maru) of Cathedral City, California and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a Grandson, Francis David Palmersheim, nephews Jeffrey and Richard Palmersheim, and a niece Susan Breitbach.  

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