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Mr. Aden H. Francis

Mr. Aden H. Francis
  • November 22, 1927 - October 30, 2020
  • formerly of Comstock Township, Michigan
  • Gull Lake United Methodist Church
    8640 Gull Road
    Richland, MI 49083

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1 of 8 | Posted by: DON NEVILLE - ruffedale, PA

“Prayers and condolences to the family. We are members of the GLUMC where we had the pleasure and benefit of knowing both Aden and Merna. We have fond...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Larry and Tamila Williams - MI

“Tammy and Eric- Sending my condolences to you and your families. I think you both know how good Aden was to me throughout my career in ag- beyond...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Leslie Cronenwett - Lawton, MI

“Anyone who knew Aden would say he was unique. He wary gifted and full of knowledge. I would call him for help in a garden or with some Lillie she had...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Gary Hixson - Knoxville, TN

“John and I have many fun, fond memories of Aden...and Merna. They were an example of what a Christian couple is meant to be...loving, kind, caring,...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Carolyn and John Hill

“Tammy, Eric and your families:Sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. We both worked in the agricultural crop protection business as competitors...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Russ Tiller Jr - Friend

“Rest in peace, Ade. You will be missed. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Tim Stamm - Friend

“in memory of my cousin Aden. my favorite memory is a trip we took to Baja Mexico for a day of Lobster and shopping......Aden and Merna decided to...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: dave schaar - oak view, CA

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Aden H. Francis, formerly of Comstock Township, died October 30, 2020 at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. Aden was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 22, 1927 to Aden G. and Mary (Schaar) Francis. He was a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School. Immediately following graduation, Aden served as a medic in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Penn State University School of Forestry. Aden met Merna Partington while working at the H.J. Heinz Company in Muscatine, IA and they were united in marriage on October 24, 1954. They moved to this area in 1973. Aden's professional life centered around horticulture, working with farmers to identify treatments to ensure abundant crop yields with HJ Heinz, Niagara Seed, FMC, and Rhône Poulenc. Aden enjoyed growing and selling Christmas Trees on their Three Pig Farm and growing and crossbreeding daylilies. He had an abundant garden with fresh vegetables, flowers and miniature pumpkins which he shared with others. He was a member of Gull Lake United Methodist Church and professional associations. He and his wife created the Aden H. And Merna I. Francis Scholarship in Horticulture at Penn State University to encourage young people entering the field.

He is survived by a daughter, the Rev. Dr. Tamara A. (Rev. Philip) Wilden of Delaware, OH; a son, Aden Eric (Dr. Tyra Wolfsberg) Francis of Vienna, VA; and four grandchildren (Rebecca, Andrew, and Elizabeth Wilden and Nathaniel Francis). Aden was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Doris Duncan and Janet Francis; and his wife, Merna, in January.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no calling hours will be observed. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be shared with the Gull Lake United Methodist Church, 8640 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages and/or favorite memories of Aden may be placed at