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Dennis Lynn Frans

22 September, 2012 by Ed Ediger

Dennis Lynn Frans, 61, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 10:45 p.m., while in the company of family members at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas.

Dennis Lynn Frans was born in McPherson, Kansas on March 7, 1951, and a son of the late Lillian Marie (Hapgood) and Ray Cecil Frans. He was one of three children born to this union, Cheri, Dale, and Dennis.

Dennis attended the McPherson grade schools and graduated from McPherson High School in 1969.

Dennis L. Frans was united in marriage to Janet L. Goering on August 19, 1973 in McPherson, Kansas. They were blessed with the birth of three children, Heather, Joshua and Joseph.

He was a former member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in McPherson, Kansas.

Dennis was a founder and original member of the King Midas and the Muflers. He began playing both drums and guitar at an early age, however; influenced by the sound of early Memphis soul music and Jimmy Smith's organ, he found his calling in keyboards and studied with the famous keyboardist Mike Finnigan. Continuing as a current member of the King Midas Band as the keyboardist and a vocalist, he was still performing and touring with other groups throughout Kansas as well. It all started in 1965 and he has continuously been rocking the mid-west for forty-seven years. In 2006, King Midas and the Muflers were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame, and hailed as Kansas' longest performing Rock and Roll Band.

Dennis was a humble and caring man with an uncanny sense of humor. He was an avid gardener with a love and appreciation of nature. Hiking in the Rocky Mountains with his family and walking the fields and collecting arrowheads and artifacts were among his favorite pastimes. He was a gentle spirit who enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting, cooking, and traveling with family. Dennis had a love and un-paralleled connection with his children and supported them through their BMX, School, and Musical endeavors without hesitation. He worked as the Head Custodian at Soderstrom Elementary School in Lindsborg, Kansas for the last twenty-five years. Dennis loved all of his children and co-workers at the USD 400 School District, and looked forward to "his" cinnamon roll in the morning.

Dennis Lynn Frans, 61, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 10:45 p.m., while in the company of family members at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Janet of McPherson, Kansas; two sons Joshua R. Frans, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Joseph T. Frans, of Austin, Texas; a sister, Cheri Wray, of McPherson, Kansas; a brother, Dale Frans, of Topeka, Kansas; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

His parents, Ray and Lillian Frans, and his daughter, Heather Frans, preceded Dennis in death.

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 27th, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the family present form 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel in McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be conducted by Roger Cooper at the New Hope Evangelical Church, McPherson, Kansas, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28th, 2012. "In This Very Room" will be sung by Cheri Wray and Shaelah White, accompanied by Joyce Hall. “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major; Praeludium” J.S. Bach will be presented by Josh Frans. “Go Rest High on the Mountain” by Vince Gill, performed by Jake Livgren, Jessica Livegren, Roxanne Degraw. "Waiting On The World To Change" by John Mayer & "Great Gig In The Sky" by Pink Floyd will be presented by Josh Frans, Dennis Craven, Roxanne Degraw, Chris Livgren, Jake Livgren, Jessica Livgren, and Kenny Becker. "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe, performed by Roger Cooper. "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright will be played.

The final resting place will be in the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.

Everyone is invited to join the family for a time of refreshments, provided by friends from Soderstrom Elementary School, and fellowship at the New Hope Evangelical Church following the services at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dennis Frans Memorial Fund or the Rebecca A. Morrison House and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Mike Hill Rick Johnson Dale Frans Bill Wuertz Steve Zimmerman Mike D’Amico Jim Walker Scott Heitschmidt Steve Kail
Mike Tinsley Odel Reed Richard Collins Charlie Moyer
Randy Norland Mark Casebeer Ron Foulk Ralph Brown Tim Hill
Bobby Hapgood Mike Badgett Anthony Hapgood
Sammy & Michelle King Pat Foster Dennis Craven
Chris Livgren Roxanne DeGraw Jake Livgren Jessica Matheis
Shawn Kail Chris Horn Larry Rickner Kenny Becker
Steve Howell Norman Ball Dustin Arbuckle Mark Horton
Toni Lingle Brent Culver Jim Keefer Cliff Lambert
Bob Hapgood Tom Hapner Klyd Cunningham Tom Wheeler

Jake Rhoads Mark McConnell Justin Bickford
Bryson Hall Austin Bickford Jarod Goering Jesse Casebeer

Gary McNally Tom Dugan

Posted By louie.peterson on 01 October, 2012
Janet and boys,
Wow! What a lovely celebration and tribute for Dennis' life. I don't know who could have listened to the message and the music of the service on Friday, and not been touched. Roger, Josh, Cheri & her grandaughter, and all of the musicians did a fabulous job. It was good to see a bunch of the "old gang". His co-workers did such a nice job on the fellowship following the service. Dennis was truely loved. He and his beautiful music will be greatly missed. May God keep you close as you go through the days to come. I'm still praying for all of you. Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives for so many years.
Love you much,
Louie :0)

Posted By Bill Wuertz on 28 September, 2012
To Janet, Josh,Joseph & the Frans Family I send by deepest sympathy for Dennis' passing. Please know that he hasn't left us but just 'Lifted Higher'in our thoughts. Dennis meant so much to me even though I wasn't close around since moving to Indiana, however I was with him and the band on many occasions within my Heart. He had such a 'God Given Talent' for music and he did the very most with it. My heart goes out to each of you in this difficult time and I send my Love to all. An original 'Midas 8', Willie

Posted By Debi Thompson Edwards on 28 September, 2012
so saddened to hear of Dennis' passing. My grandkids would talk about him in regard to school and I would just have to grin. They thought he was so cool! In my thoughts and prayers. Guessing he, Bob & Mick are probably making music together :)

Posted By Alice Liby Dietz on 27 September, 2012
So sorry to hear fo Dennis' passing. Went to school with him and still considered him to be a friend. Prayers to his family.

Posted By Amanda Pfannenstiel on 26 September, 2012
We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers

Posted By Debra Harold Winter on 26 September, 2012
Janet, Josh, Joseph & Frans Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Dennis. So many of us have such good memories of a really sweet kind guy with a that little smile and twinkle in his eyes. The years have put distance between us but it was always a joy and a pleasure to see you and something I always looked forward to. I love you dearly & always ~ Debra

Posted By Sandy & Tom Stapleton on 26 September, 2012
This is very difficult to realize that Denny is gone. We just want you to know that our thoughts a prayers are with you at this time of heartache. I would guess that he and Bob were happy to see each other again. Praise God that He gives perfect peace and we pray that you will be able to seek the face of Jesus and be able to rest with Him in this peace.

Posted By Connie Robertson, Raleigh, NC on 26 September, 2012
My hearts goes out to you and your family. My deepest Sympathy. I hold onto many fond memories of you and Dennis-in McPherson and Lindsborg.

Posted By James & Donna Moore, Spokane, WA on 26 September, 2012
Was shocked to hear of Dennis passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at USD400 and loving the band, King Midas. Dennis was a caring, quiet gentleman who was loved by the children and staff as well. He will be missed however I can almost hear he and Hap playing together again.

Posted By Angie Frans Burnside Strovas on 25 September, 2012
Much love and prayers from Tim and I.

Posted By Trudy Hawkins on 25 September, 2012
Janet, Josh and Joseph, my heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. May God bless you and keep you in His arms today and always. Love, Trudy

Posted By Keith Hanson on 25 September, 2012
Unbelievably sad news. Dennis was a one of a kind friend. He will be greatly missed. Janet, Josh, and Joe I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted By Tammy Becker on 25 September, 2012
Janet, I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Dennis. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. I had the privilege of working with Dennis while principal at Soderstrom several years ago. He was such a wonderful man who cared deeply for his family (not only his personal family but also school family). While at Soderstron, he and I would visit most mornings before school. I loved hearing stories about your children, family and his music. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Dennis will be missed by many!!

Posted By Alana Schafer on 25 September, 2012
I was a classmate of Dennis and always thought he was such a kind soft spoken guy. I always enjoyed watching him play for King Midas and you could tell he loved it! So sorry to hear of his passing - my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Posted By Sondra Frank on 25 September, 2012
I was so very sorry to hear about Dennis. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know how hard it is to loose the one you love, but he will always be with you in your heart, and in the heart of those who loved him.

Posted By Cindy Crane on 25 September, 2012
Janet, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your sons. Lindsborg Street dances will never be the same. God Bless You.

Posted By Debbie Anderson Bammer on 25 September, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons Janet.

Posted By Debbie Anderson Bammer on 25 September, 2012
My heart is going out to you and your Boys Janet. The prayers are always with you at all times.

Posted By Leslie Scoby on 25 September, 2012
Janet and family,
May God and the memories of Dennis help get you through the days ahead.

Posted By Larry and Sue Hapner and family on 24 September, 2012
Terribly sad news.Our hearts are with your family.Take care

Posted By Glenn & Pam Martinson on 24 September, 2012
Our thoughts & prayers to all of you! Dennis will be missed greatly! Lots of fun memories! Janet..keeping you in our prayers!

Posted By Gary L. Gass on 24 September, 2012
My thoughts and Prayers are with you at this special time Janet

Posted By Sue Miller on 24 September, 2012
Sending love and prayers to Janet and Sons and all family members. Such a loss for family and the Mcpherson community. May God bless you all with His comfort during this time.

Sue Miller

Posted By Jeff and Shari Eichman on 24 September, 2012
Was so sad to hear about Dennis. He will be missed soooo much. I always loved to watch him play at Midas, and loved watching Janet loving and watching him. They were made for each other!! Take care, heaven will be rockin out!!!

Posted By Michael D. Lingle on 24 September, 2012
Really sad to hear this.Going back to Mac won't quite be the same.Honored to have been a friend.Lots of good memories growing up with him.He was loved and will be greatly missed.

Posted By Steve and Marsha Bergmeier on 24 September, 2012
So sad about the loss of Dennis. Another member of the south Elm street gang gone! He will be missed but his memory will live on in thoughts, music and a million stories. May God bless Janet and kids. Memories sweetened through the ages just like wine......

Posted By Robbin Flood Clark on 24 September, 2012
My heart is just breaking for Janet and her sons. Dennis and Janet have been soul mates for so long, I know that this is so very hard for her. I wish I was there to give you big hugs. I lift you all in prayer now and during the difficult time ahead.

Posted By Gary and Donna McNally on 24 September, 2012
We have lost a great friend and neighbor. We love the whole family and hope there is something we can do to help.

Posted By Louie Potts Peterson on 24 September, 2012
Dear Janet and family,
Dennis Craven had just told my brother to tell me that Dennis was in the hospital not doing well ... and then I found this out. I am so very sad. My heart goes out to all of you. May God comfort you as only He can do. I'm so sorry.
Love you,

Posted By Mary hundley Summerlin on 23 September, 2012
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you.

Posted By Cindy culver Burke on 23 September, 2012
Thought and prayers to all of you. So very saddened by the news of Dennis's passing. Keep his memories alive in your heart and he will always be close. May God wrap his arms tightly around you for support and comfort during these dark days.

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