Francis was born in Stone, ND. He grew up in Illinois, moving to Arkansas with his wife Fern and small daughter, Joye. He was soon left as a single parent when Fern died of cancer. Francis met and married Pauline Brust, a single mother of three young children, Ramona (Chapman) of Texas, Barbara (Fleeman) and Jerry both of Rogers. Francis was a mechanic by trade but was the proverbial “jack of all trades”. He could build and fix almost anything and went out of his way to help others. He loved to garden and shared his harvest with friends and neighbors. He was the best “step”-father in the world and a devoted granddaddy. Francis passed away July 1, 1998.