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Forrest Francis receives ‘Living Veteran’ award

LIVING VETERAN AWARD -- Forrest Francis, center, is congratulated by 2017 Living Auxiliary Member Donna Merten, left, and American Legion Post 162 Commander Leon Magsamen during the  flag-raising ceremony in his honor on Nov. 10.
LIVING VETERAN AWARD — Forrest Francis, center, is congratulated by 2017 Living Auxiliary Member Donna Merten, left, and American Legion Post 162 Commander Leon Magsamen during the flag-raising ceremony in his honor on Nov. 10.

Forrest L. Francis of Albion was honored as the 2017 Living Veteran by American Legion Post 162 and Albion VFW Post 736 during the Veterans Day program at Boone Central High School last Friday, Nov. 10.

The award was announced by Donna Merten, the 2017 Living Auxiliary Member recipient.

A flag-raising ceremony in honor of Forrest was held after the Veterans Day program in Albion’s downtown mini-park.

Forrest was born at Neligh, NE, on March 13, 1940. He grew up at Royal, NE, and graduated from Royal High School in 1958.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965 and was stationed in Korea, where he oversaw base maintenance. Upon his return, he became foreman at the Nebraska Department of Roads shop in Albion, and he was employed in this position 52 years.

Forrest and his wife, Patricia, were married in 1966 at Deshler, NE, and lived all of their married life in Albion. They are the parents of two children, Julie of Lincoln and Jeffrey of Wayne. They have seven grandchildren.

Forrest is a member of Manderson Lehr American Legion Post 162 of Albion. He has served in the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard, and helped with American Legion baseball. He is a past member of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department, Jaycees, and helped at the Albion Senior Center for several years. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and his hobbies are gardening, and remodeling/refinishing his home