Walter Ludwig Franti

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  • Name: Walter Ludwig Franti
  • Location of Birth: Menahga, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 3, 1900**
  • Date of Death: August 20, 1958 (58 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: S2 (Seaman 2nd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Military Highlights:
    Walter served with the United States Navy in the Panama Canal Zone and on the warship Leviathan.

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    World War I

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    Information from August 21, 1958 edition of Itasca Iron News:

    "Death of Walter Franti, Local Postmaster, Shocks Community

    Our community is saddened and shocked by the sudden death last night of our good friend and postmaster, Walter Ludwig Franti, at the age of 58.
    Following a pleasant evening spent at the Bovey-Coleraine's Lions Club picnic, Mr. and Mrs. Franti left for home where he was stricken with a sudden heart attack shortly after he retired. He died enroute to the hospital by ambulance.
    Walter Franti was born February 3, 1899 in Menahga, Minnesota. He came to Bovey, Minnesota in 1906 where he was raised and attended school. On January 20, 1924 he was married to Mabel Gustafson of Osceola, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Franti made their home in Bovey until 1939 when they moved to Coleraine, Minnesota.
    Walter Franti was a Veteran of World War I, serving in the Navy with service in the Panama Canal Zone and on the warship Leviathan. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the American Legion, Bovey-Coleraine Lions Club, the Moose Lodge, Coleraine Civic Club and the Postmaster's Association. He received his appointment as Postmaster in Coleraine in 1947. He was a great outdoorsman spending most of his spare time fishing, hunting and in his garden and yard.
    Survivors are his wife, Mabel; a daughter, Mrs. Frank Duoma; and a son, Charles. He was preceded in death three years ago by a brother, Edward. Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Harold Ernest, Miss Vivian Franti, Mrs. Herbert Doyle, Mrs. F. V. Wakkinen, and Mrs. G. E. Barker.
    Funeral services will be conducted from Peterson's Funeral Chapel Saturday, August 23 at 2 p.m. with Rev. VanPuffelen officiating. Pallbearers will be Frank Lavalier, Ralph Carlson, Kenneth Shoemaker, Carroll Sorrell, Horace Barnes and Don Ainasoja. Interment will be in Lakeview cemetery."

    Walter is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (Original - Block 30, Row 3, Lot 20)

    Death certificate shows Mr. Franti was born in 1900.

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