Fran VanDeWiele


Fran VanDeWiele

Fran R. VanDeWiele, age 64 of Garvin, passed away Monday, January 01, 2018 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Victory Christian Church in Balaton.  Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.  Following the funeral service, at Fran’s request, his body will be donated to the University of Minnesota to promote medical education.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Murray County Hospice and Shetek Lutheran Ministries. Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Fran R. VanDeWiele was born July 15, 1953 in Tracy, Minnesota to Ray and Bev (Lavicky) VanDeWiele.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School.  Fran went on to further his education at Worthington Community College and the University of Minnesota, MPLS.  On December 18, 1971, Fran was united in marriage to Teresa Ourada at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan.  Together they had 3 children and 8 grandgirls.  Fran enjoyed farming and raising livestock.  He worked in the swine industry for most of his career.  Fran’s passion was being outdoors fishing and hunting.  He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Many sunny days were spent on the water at Lake Sara.

Fran is survived by his wife Teresa of Garvin; children: Travis (Kim) VanDeWiele of Burnsville, Amy (Eric) Trulock of Big Lake, Abby (Michael) Hubin of Westbrook; grandchildren: Sydney Vanderwall and Olivia VanDeWiele, Hattie, Lilly, and Aubrey Trulock, Mikayla, Gabby, and Reilly Hubin; his mother Bev
VanDeWiele; mother-in-law Arlis Ourada; siblings: Jeff (Shari) VanDeWiele, Laurie (Greg) Vosberg, and Lisa (Tim) Schenk; his beloved dog Ike; and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his father Ray, father-in-law Edward Ourada, son-in-law Chris Hannasch, niece Ashley Snyder, and sister-in-law Rita Einarson.


  1. Super friend, many years with many adventures.

  2. Nancy Pavelko says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this painful time. Fran and Teresa were like second parents to me while growing up. Prayers that God will comfort you during this time.

  3. Ken and Sandy Anderson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy.

  4. The Raptor Takedown Club says:

    To Coach VanDeWiele and the VanDeWiele Family,
    The entire East Ridge Wrestling community sends our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to you at this very difficult time. Fran VanDeWiele must have been one heckuva Man to have raised such a wonderful Coach, Mentor, and Friend as our Coach VanDeWiele.
    Thinking of you,
    The Raptor Takedown Club

  5. Dixie Severson says:

    So sad Teresa and family for the loss of your Husband and Dad. May your good memories help you through this hard transition and always!

    Dixie and Steve Severson

  6. Dan Peterson says:

    Sympathies to the entire VanDeWiele family on your loss.

    Dan Peterson

  7. Gail (Larsen) and Steve Fischer says:

    Teresa and family, sorry to hear of Frans death. We have many memories and pictures from the Vigorena trips that we used to take together.

  8. Rose Marie Schmiesing says:

    Teresa and family, so sorry to hear about Fran. Now it’s time to remember all the good things, and all the memories you made as a family. Lay all your cares and worry in the arms of God, and God will give you the strength to go forward. Trust in God at this heartbreaking time.
    Rose Marie Schmiesing (Rasmussen)

  9. Digger and Dolly Phelps says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the VanDeWiele family. May God grant you peace and strength, may the love of family and friends give you comfort.
    Digger and Dolly Phelps

  10. Steve and Tracy Olson says:

    Deepest condolences to Teresa and family!

  11. Debbie and Dave Burns says:

    So sorry to hear of Fran’s passing, and sending hugs of comfort and prayers for peace to all of you. May it bring you some comfort to know that there is no more pain and no more suffering for Fran. God bless!

  12. Randy & Darla Larsen says:

    We are sending our deepest sympathy to your family at this difficult. Godspeed.

  13. Mark and Kathy Peterson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    God bless!
    Mark and Kathy Peterson

  14. Kent Cooreman says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and Fran was a great husband father and friend!! Will truly be missed by many! God bless

  15. Diane and John Woodford says:

    Our sympathy to the VanDeWiele family. May God surround you all with his loving arms and give you peace and comfort at this time of sadness.
    John and Diane Woodford

  16. Joyce Nielsen says:

    Teresa & family, I am so sorry to hear of Fran’s passing, My prayers and sympathy to you.

  17. Dave Hollingsworth says:

    My thoughts are with the VanDeWiele family in their loss of Fran.

  18. Al and Lorene Mouw says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You will be in our prayers.

  19. Joel & Mary Zabel says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Teresa and family. So very sorry for your loss.

  20. Fran and Marcia Lavicky says:

    Sending our prayers and condolences to Teresa and the Van De Wiele family. Fran was special to all who knew him.

  21. Dan Cudmore says:

    Condolences to your family. I knew Fran through our mutual feed connection. I didn’t know that he was sick. Im sure he will be missed
    Dan Cudmore former resident of Clements, MN

  22. LuAnn Hansen says:

    Dear Teresa and family, our sympathy to you at this sad time. Lifting you up and wishing God’s peace for you.

  23. Alison and Butch Schmidt says:

    Teresa and Family – we are so sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. May God and his loving peace give you strength during this time.

  24. Bonnie Olson (Skjong) says:

    So sorry for your loss Teresa, may God be your peace.

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