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Francis E. 'Fran' Nearhoof, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 14, 2017, at home after a brief illness. He was born on June 10, 1927 in Tyrone, PA. He was the son of the late Sherman and Anna (Diehl) Nearhoof.
After his honorable discharge from the U. S. Army in 1947, he married his loving wife, Beryl (Ray) on February 24, 1951. In 1963, he started in business for himself, operating 'Fran's Sunoco' which turned into a family business. Fran had a strong Christian faith that he loved to share with everyone. He enjoyed flying, fast cars, hunting and golfing with friends.
Fran is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beryl; their children, Fran, Jr. (Susan), Brenda (Dan) Wisnieski, Richard (Maryanne) and Michael (Jodi); siblings, Patricia (Irvin) Smith, Harold, Anna Mae Hlivko and Bernard (Regina); grandchildren, Jennifer (Ron) Tanguay, Lindsay (Mark) Rapp, Derek (Lisa) Wisnieski, Nathan (Christine) Wisnieski, Zachary (Sarah) Wisnieski, Jael (Derek) Tracy, Kyle (Stacy) Nearhoof, Andrew Nearhoof, Chelsea (James) Pytlik, Sara Nearhoof, Luke Nearhoof; and 18 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, Sherman, Arthur, David and Dennis; granddaughter Jael Lin Wisnieski; and great-granddaughter, Victoria Faith Wisnieski.
The Family would like to extend a special Thank you to Niagara Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
A celebration of Fran's life will be held at Vanguard Christian Church, 375 Payne Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm.
Donations may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport NY 14094.
Published on October 3, 2017
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