Francis J. Washburn
Wednesday, May 11, 1938
Date of Death:
Monday, September 10, 2018
80 years old
Francis J. Washburn
Francis J. “Fran” Washburn, 80, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Fran was born in Rochester, MN on May 11, 1938 to Francis C. and Myrtle (Mourning) Washburn. He graduated from Rochester High School and then the U of MN. While in Dental School, he met the love of his life, Katherine Anderson, and they were married on July 14, 1962.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force (Newfoundland Canada), he and Kathy moved to Rochester where Fran started the 12th Street Dental Office. He truly enjoyed working alongside his staff and appreciated all his patients over the years. He practiced dentistry from 1965 until 1994.
Fran served as both the President and Secretary of the SE District Dental Society and was very active in the Zumbro Valley Dental Society. He was a board member of the YMCA and active with the Boys Scouts. When not filling teeth, he enjoyed spoiling the three women he fiercely loved, playing golf, fishing, tying flies, bowling, and woodworking.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; parents, Francis and Myrtle; and an infant brother. He is survived by his two daughters, Kristin (Gregg) Gabriel, Joelle (Leif) Syverson; sister, Janet (Jim) Lang; step-mother, Beverly Washburn; step-sisters, Holly (Vern) Larkin, and Kelly King; five grandchildren, Ryan and Kevin Gabriel, Ellyse (Ryan) Ness, Elliot and Aaron Syverson; four nieces and two nephews. He also had a brother, Henry Washburn.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 20th at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester with visitation one hour prior. Private interment. Memorials preferred to Humor to Fight the Tumor Foundation and Grace Hospice.
The family of Francis J. Washburn has received the following condolences.
It saddens me to know that Frannie ( as my dad Bob Jenkins called him) is gone from the physical earth. It puts a smile on my face though knowing he is with God now , has a clear mind, and is with his wife Kathy. Frannie was my dentist since I was a kid. And of course we were close our family with theirs growing up. I always remember the "prize drawer" at the dentist. I was blessed to see him 2 years ago when I was back in Rochester helping to take care of my Dad after knee surgery. I showed him my broken crown and he said that is easy to get fixed. He probably would have done it there if he had the tools! My other memory of him is going to the dentist and he pulled a bunch of my teeth out. He said it was to make room so I wouldn't need braces. I still ended up with braces! May your family be at peace during this time. As a Registered Nurse for over 35 years I have recently discovered a passion for patients with Alzheimer's and Dementia. This is an area I would love to pursue as far as helping with research and taking care of these people respectfully. I will be making a contribution in his honor and memory. Love ?? and hugs ? to you all! ????
Dear Washburn family,
My heart felt sympathy goes out to you at this time of loss. Know you have many who support and care for you!
Fran was my dentist and one of the reasons I became a dentist. He was smart, professional and respected.
He was my father, Bob's trout fishing friend. And they shared many hours together fishing the local streams and even going up north.
I liked Fran because he took an interest in me and my career and he spoke his mind. You never had to guess on where he stood about something!
Blessings and comfort to you!
Brad Sim, DDS
I worked for Dr. Washburn at 12th Street Dental office for about 5 years. In addition to being an excellent dentist he was very kind and supportive of the staff. I was in charge of working with client payments. One time a man called me and was vey abusive and said "I will get you fired" Just as that time Dr. Washburn walked by and I jut handed him the phone, listened a small moment and told the man, in addition to other words, "Do not ever come to this office again". That was the end of that!
I am so sorry Dr. Washburn is gone now, but I am sure you have many good memories of your dad, grandpa and other family members. You can add this little memory of mind if you wish.
To the Family of Francis -
We were so sorry to hear that Francis has passed away. He and Kathy were special friends that we enjoyed having as part of our fellowship at Autumn Ridge Church.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family.
I just heard that Fran has gone to be with Kathy. That has to make a wonderful reunion. We are in Mn and will see you at the memorial. We are so very sorry for your loss.you know how much we loved your parents. . Ann and Howard Sather
Deepest sympathy at the loss of Dr Wasburn, "Franny" was my dentist starting a 5 years old , he was gentle and kind and because of him I was never afraid to go to the dentist. He was a great asset to our community!