He was born Dec. 10, 1919 in Caledonia to Frank and Esther (Davy) Jennings. Francis served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-45. He married Marlys Anderson on Aug. 14, 1954 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Caledonia.
Francis worked at Trane Co., La Crosse for over 32 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Caledonia American Legion Post 191 and the VFW. He loved gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Marlys of Caledonia; his four children, Carolyn (Mike) Fitzpatrick, Caledonia; Kathryn (Stephen) Palen, Rochester, Minn.; Michael (Colleen) Jennings, Manchester, Iowa; and Ann (Chris) Diersen, Caledonia; 13 grandchildren, Christopher Fitzpatrick, David (Jenny) Fitzpatrick, Jeni (Jon) Slama, Adam (Leah) Palen, Lyndsey (Nick) Crossley, Jill (Stephen) Tacl, Alyssa Palen, Alexa Palen, Jestin (Lindsay) Jennings, Grace Jennings, Reese, Riley and Henry Diersen; great-grandchildren, James, Emily and Lilly Fitzpatrick, Zachary and Addison Palen, Jack Jennings, and Callen Crossley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Jeremee Jennings, and two brothers, Melvin and Joseph Jennings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. Fathers Gregory Leif and Thomas Jennings will officiate and burial with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday morning at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s School, Caledonia.
McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family with arrangements and on line condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net