In Memory of Franklin Mohr
April 20, 1929 - September 08, 2019
Franklin Mohr, of Manning, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at his home in Manning.
Visitation will be from 4 PM to 7:30 PM on Friday, September 13, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church.
Burial to follow in the Manning Cemetery.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is entrusted with arrangements.

Franklin Mohr was called by Uncle Sam to serve not only in World War II, but also, in the Korean War. In 1945 when Franklin finished his junior year in high school, young men entering their senior year were given the opportunity by the government to go into the service for one year and then come back and finish their senior year. Several of the young men in Frank's class did this, but Franklin's mother would not sign for him to go. He graduated from high school the next May and was working for various farmers when he received a "letter from his friends and neighbors" in other words, he was drafted.

Franklin was inducted into the Army September 6, 1946, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He took a train to his basic training site in Aberdeen, Maryland. There he was taught to assemble and disassemble a MI rifle and to fight on the firing line. Every weekend foot locker and barrack inspections were held along with a full dress parade and uniform marching inspections. There was a PX on base where the men could buy candy, snacks, and personal items. After eight weeks of basic training, he was allowed to go home for a two week furlough before reporting back to an army base in California.

From there Franklin boarded a troop ship for Japan October 15, 1946, and while crossing the Pacific he witnessed severe storms with "waves so high they looked like mountains." Their boat bobbed around like a rowboat. "I was sick for seven days," Frank related. As they traveled to Japan, they did various jobs on the ship to get it ready for inspection when they reached shore.

Reaching Japan, Franklin and four or five others were loaded on jeeps and taken to Tuatara, Japan. The city was in a state of total devastation. "It looked like a pile of tin cans," Frank remarked. At the air base he served in security patrol and there were numerous army vehicles from jeeps to huge trucks that they guarded. Frank was there for nine months when the Farm Draft Law was passed, and all men who had served nine months and were farm workers could go home. Frank left the army with a technical rating of a T-5, a World War II victory medal, and an honorable discharge June 2, 1947, at Camp Stoneman, California.

He came back to Manning and began working for Wiese and Sons until the summer of 1951 when he again received "a letter from his friends and neighbors" to come back to the army. Because he hadn't served in World War II for a full twelve months, he was inducted into the Army Military Police for the Korean War. On August 2, 1951, Frank boarded a train for Breckenridge, Kentucky, where he had a refresher course in basic training. There the men practiced crawling under machine gun fire, trained again in the use of weapons, practiced more marching, and again prepared for inspections. After two weeks of training in Breckenridge, he spent an eight day furlough at home and then reported to a marine base in Seattle, Washington. From there Frank was sent by ship to Taejon (now Daejon), Korea. While on the ship going overseas, the men were given a chance to work voluntarily. Frank volunteered. He was given a job baking bread and made about a hundred loaves each night. They used a huge mixer that looked somewhat like a cement mixer. When he arrived in Korea, he was given a MI with a bayonet on the end and prepared for hand-to-hand combat. He was with the 77 Deuce MP Battalion and took a train to Taejon, Korea, where he was stationed for a year.

It is interesting to note that at this time there were three Mohr brothers serving in the military. Bob was with the army in Germany, Russ was in the Pacific, and Frank was in Korea.

In Taejon Frank rode guard on supply trains to and from the front lines. The trains were equipped with a machine gun on the front and one on the back. Two GIs and eight Korean police were on guard on each train. As he crossed the country, he noted that the country of Korea was a land of mountains and rice paddies. The Koreans' diet consisted mainly of rice and fish heads. After a year in Taejon, he was sent to Kunsan, Korea, and again rode guard on supply trains going from there to the front lines at Yang Dong Po. Later he was put in charge of this detachment and made corporal. The ironic thing about these trains, Frank said, was that the guards rode in open gondolas in the winter where they froze while in the summer they were given a coach car with a top on it to ride in the heat.

Corporal Mohr was honorably discharged from Camp Carson, Colorado, July 2, 1953, after twenty months and sixteen days in Korea. He received a Korean Service Medal, W-2 Bronze Service Stars, a United Nations Service Medal, and a ROK Presidential Citation. Frank commented: "It was an honor to serve my country."

After his discharge Franklin came home to Manning and worked for Wiese and Sons for another year. In 1954 he married Arlene Mohns and started farming northwest of Manning. There Frank and Arlene raised their nine children. Franklin has participated in many clubs and associations over the years. He was an active member of the Mid-American Dairy Association. He served on the board and served time as president of the Crawford County Pork Producers. He was a member of the Manning Easy Riders and served a term as president of that club. He and his family have all been involved in 4-H, and Frank served on the County 4-H Extension Board for over twenty years. He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church and has held various offices as a member of that congregation.

Arlene Mohns

From the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Franklin and Arlene Mohr, who were married on October 3, 1954, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They lived on a farm near Manning where they were dairy and grain farmers. They have nine children: Steven, Deborah, Michael (deceased), Daniel, Rebecca, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Mary Ann, and Michelle. Their 28 grandchildren are: Katie, Tyrel, Kirk, Ryan, Beth, Kate, Michael, Brandon, Ashley, Amy, Alison, Angela, Nathan, Amanda, Stephanie, Dane, Jill, Travis, Bryce, Paige, Carrie, Casie, Courtney, Cristyn, Cody, Justin, Taylor, and Layne. Their 2 great-grandchildren are Kayden and Autumn.
Franklin is a World War II and a Korean War Veteran. Franklin served his Church as an elder, president of the congregation, Sunday school superintendent, Christian Education Chairman, president of the district Sunday School Teachers organization, and also taught bible class for 18 years. Franklin served a director and president of the Crawford County Pork Producers, president and announcer for the Manning Easy Riders Saddle Club, Crawford County Farm Bureau board member, and a district delegate of Mid-America Milk Producers. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Franklin served on the Carroll County 4-H Council for over thirty years, and is a leader of the Manning Win-or-Grin 4-H Club. He served as Horse and Dairy Superintendent at the Carroll County Fair.
Arlene was a Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher, choir member, an Evening Circle historian, Christian growth chairman, and president. Arlene served as Crawford County Porkettes president and secretary, and received the Crawford County Bell Ringer Award for pork promotions and activities. She was secretary for the saddle club. She was a leader of the Manning 4-H Cadets and is a leader of the Manning Win-or-Grin 4-H Club (totaling over 30 years), and a lifetime and charter member of the VFW Auxiliary. In 1999, Arlene graduated with honors from the Des Moines Area Community College in Carroll, Iowa with an AAS degree plus 8 certificates.
Their children were very involved in LYF, all sports, vocal music, band, FFA, 4-H clubs and saddle club. They exhibited at 4-H and FFA projects at Iowa State Fair, AK-SAR-BEN, Kansas City Royal and Iowa county fairs including Carroll, Crawford, Audubon and Clay. They showed beef and dairy cattle, horses and ponies, sheep, hogs, rabbits, goats, and chickens. They won many trophies and purple and blue ribbons.
Steven showed the Reserve Grand Champion Steer at the Carroll County Fair.
Deborah showed the Champion Dairy Steer at Carroll and Crawford County Fairs and was the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Queen and the District VII dairy princess.
Michael showed at all the fairs and was chosen to sing in 13 countries in Europe with a group singing tour for the University of Virginia.
Daniel also showed at all the fairs. He sang in the All State Choir as a freshman.
Rebecca showed the Champion Brown Swiss at the Waterloo show and Ak-Sar-Ben. She was the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Queen, Iowa Holstein Princess, Homecoming Queen, and the Iowa Dairy Princess.
Jonathan showed the Grand Champion breeding heifer at the Carroll County Fair. He was a member of the winning group judging contest and had the highest individual scores.
Elizabeth showed the Grand Champion Shorthorn steer at the Iowa State Fair. She was a member of the National Honor Society in high school, and was on the "Who's Who" list of high school students twice, and also on the Who's Who list of college students. She graduated from AIB College of Business with honors, and received a Bachelor's Degree cum-laude from Graceland College in 2003. She went on a house building Mission trip to Mexico.
Mary Ann represented Manning at the State Spelling Bee two times. She was an Iowa Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, and also on the Who's Who list of high school students. She attended Dana College and graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with honors. She also went on a house building trip to Mexico.
Michelle was a member of the swing choir, band, and speech. She showed cattle at the Iowa State Fair and participated in 4-H activities there. She showed the Reserve Champion catch-a-calf at Ak-Sar-Ben.

Mike Mohr showing for Steve
Funeral services for Michael Dean Mohr were held Friday, March 21, 1986 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. Pastor Paul Krumm and Pastor Merle Lebahn of Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, and Pastor Dennis Angland, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg, officiated the service. Music was provided by the Zion Lutheran Quartet with Paula Weiss as organist. Interment was in Manning City Cemetery with Ralph Weets, Ron Surber, Ross Rusch, Dave Nelson, Jay Mohr, and Rick Mohr serving as casketbearers. Honorary casketbearers were Randy Mohr, Robin Mohr, Mark Mohr, Keith Fahey, Karl Fahey, Ethan Mohns, Jim Mohr, Jeff Mohr, Scott Mohr, and John Holtz. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of arrangements.
Michael, son of Franklin and Arlene (Mohns) Mohr, was born August 19, 1959, at Carroll, Iowa. Michael lived on a farm with his parents and was very active and participated in many activities while in school. As a member of the Manning Win or Grin 4-H Club he raised and showed horses, cattle, sheep, and hogs at the county and state fair as well as Ak-Sar-Ben. In high school he was manager of the football team. Music activities played a large part in Michael's life. He participated in both band and vocal music activities receiving I's in solo, small and large groups at State Music Contest. During his sophomore year in high school he was selected as the one vocalist from Iowa to participate in the All Student Group USA which toured 11 foreign countries and performed a concert for Queen Elizabeth. Michael participated two years at State 4-H Conference as a soloist, sang in the 4-H Choir at State Fair, and sang in the State FFA Choir two years. He also sang many solos throughout the year in church. Michael was graduated from Manning High School in 1978. After graduation Michael worked at MJM Enterprises in Manning. He then served as assistant manager of Anthony's Department Stores in Denison, Estherville, and Emmetsburg. At the time of his death, Michael was living in Emmetsburg where he belonged to the St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Zion Lutheran Church at Manning. His marriage to Vivian McClatchey took place on July 30, 1983. Michael died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, March 18, 1986, at Manning, Iowa, at the age of 26 years, 6 months, and 27 days.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Herman Mohns, and George Mohr.
Michael is survived by two children, Stephanie and Dane, and their mother, Vivian, of Emmetsburg; by his parents, Franklin and Arlene Mohr, of Westside; by the following brothers and sisters: Steven and his wife, Kathy, and their children, Katie and Tyrel, of Gordon, Nebraska; Deborah and her husband, Wane Towery, and their son, Brandon, of Manning; Daniel and his wife, Sharon, and their children, Jill and Travis, of Manning; Rebecca Mohr, of Ames; and Jonathon, Elizabeth, Mary Ann, and Michelle, all at home in Westside; by his grandmothers, Bernice Mohns, of Manning, and Christina Mohr, of Ukiah, California; and by the following aunts and uncles: Charles and Tracey Mohns, of Des Moines; Robert and Myra Mohr, of Oakland, Iowa; Russell and Joan Mohr, of Manning; Louise and Terrance Mischler, of Sacramento, California; Allen and Lola Mohr, of Cochrane, Wisconsin; and Sandra and John Holtz, of Ukiah, California; and by great-aunts and uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Becky Mohr

April 18, 1943 confirmation

Back - Ruth Musfeldt
Middle: LeRoy Kienast, Franklin Mohr, Leo Rostermundt, Maynard Kienast
Front: Patricia Siem, Pastor Ansorge, Donna Fae Mohr.

From the 1981 Manning Centennial history book
George Mohr, son of Chris and Marie Mohr, was born August 5, 1900. Christina (Sonksen) Mohr was the daughter of Jens and Dora Sonksen. She was born November 17, 1905. They were both raised and educated in the Manning vicinity. February 17, 1926, they were married and moved to a farm in Lincoln Township where they lived 35 years until they retired to their home in Manning in 1963. They bought the former Les Rowedder home. God blessed them with six children: Franklin, Robert, Russell, Louise, Allen, and Sandra. They are all members of Zion Lutheran Church.
Franklin married Arlene Mohns October 3, 1954. They have nine children: Steven, Deborah, Michael, Daniel, Rebecca, Jonathon, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Michelle. The family farms north of Manning.
Robert married Myra Schroeder August 16, 1953. They have six children: Randy, Ricky, Monica, Mark, Robin and Marcy. Randy married April on August 24, 1974, and Ricky married Judy Wenkleman May 26, 1979. They live at Oakland.
Russell married Joan Rowedder February 20, 1955. Their children are James, Jay, Jeffery and Rhonda. Jim married Cherri Ramsey August 12, 1977 and they have a son Ryan born July 26, 1978; Jeff married Mary Esdohr May 26, 1978, and they have a daughter Julie born September 27, 1978.
Louise and Terry Mishler married December 29, 1978. They have two adopted sons, Keith and Karl. They live in Citrus Heights, California.
Allen and Lola Borkowski were married April 29, 1962, and have four children: Scott, Vaia, Lisa, and Holly. They live at Cockrave, Wisconsin.
Sandra and John Holtz married April 1, 1967. They have four children, two adopted. They are Christine, Johnny, Michelle and Jennifer. The family lives at Ukiah, California.

Christine (Sonksen) Mohr

George Mohr 310 Ann Street

George Mohr 1971 Children's Day

George Mohr (at the reins) 1951 Homecoming

George Mohr with his grandson, Jim Mohr

George Mohr 1973 Children's Day

Becky Mohr MHS 1982

Jon Mohr MHS 1988

Allen Mohr MHS 1956

Sandra Mohr MHS 1961

Russell Mohr

Myra (Schroeder) & Robert Mohr

Robert with his children

Marcella & Kenneth Mohr
Ken was wounded on Iwo Jima
Received a Purple Heart
He saw the famous raising of the US flag

Chrissie Mohr

Louise Mohr MHS 1952

Louise (Mohr) Mishler

Franklin Mohr

Country Schools

Page 141 of the Manning Schools history book

Allen Mohr

Louise Mohr

Back: Louise Mohr, Marjorie Drees
Third: William Bruhn, Lyle Drees, Merlin Drees, Melvin Thielen, Donald Dammann, Allen Mohr
Second: Janice Drees, Gary Handlos, Raymond Thielen, Allen Overgaard?
Front: Marjorie Thielen, Linda Handlos
North wall of Lincoln No. 2 circa 1948

1945 Back: Louise Bruhn, Herbert Dammann, Russell Mohr, Dennis Drees, Marjorie Drees
Middle: Louise Mohr, Donald Dammann
Front: Raymond Thielen, Lyle Drees, Merlin Drees, William Bruhn, Melvin Thielen, Allen Mohr

Page 88 of the Manning Schools history book

Taken from the 1981 Manning Centennial history book
Carl Mohns was born on the island of Fehmarn in Schleswig Holstein, Germany. He was one of eight children, but at the age of fifteen he came to America by himself. He worked in the Clinton area as a farm helper and there he met and married Wilhelmina Dunzglock. They migrated to the vicinity of Manning. They lived on a farm west of Aspinwall before purchasing their own farm northeast of Manning. They had two sons, William and Herman. Mrs. Mohns passed away in 1930, Carl in 1957, and William in 1963.
Herman married Bernice Martens February 20, 1935, and they had two children, Arlene and Charles. They continued to farm on the home place until they retired to their home in Manning. Charles married Tracy Howe December 4, 1971. They live in Des Moines.
Arlene was married to Franklin Mohr, son of George and Christina Sonksen Mohr, October 3, 1954. They were blessed with nine children: Steven, Deborah, Michael, Daniel, Rebecca, Jonathon, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Michelle. They are all members of the Zion Lutheran Church where Frank has served as Sunday School and Bible School teacher for 20 years. Arlene has been leader of the Manning 4-H Cadets for six years and the entire family is active in every phase of 4-H work. Deborah was Ak-Sar-Ben queen.
The Mohrs had a tragic fire in 1979 when their home and all their personal possessions were lost. A new home was built on the same farm place where they live. They are the fourth generation to live on this Mohns-Mohr farm.

Carl Mohns farm

Herman Mohns on the binder

Arlene Mohns - MHS 1954

Charles Mohns - MHS 1966

Taken from the 1981 Manning Centennial history book
Chris Mohr was born March 3, 1868 in Schleswig Holstein, Germany. Marie Nuppnau was born June 20, 1880, also at Schleswig Holstein. They were married January 26, 1898 at Manning. They were farmers, living most of their married life south of Manning.
Their nine children were: Elsie, Mrs. Pete Siem, born February 24, 1898. She is deceased; George of Manning, born August 5, 1900; Emil , deceased, born May 17, 1902; Jack, born February 12, 1904; Leona, Mrs. Herman Asmus, Middletown, born September 25, 1905; Verna, Mrs. Eddie Wegner, Manning, born February 2, 1908; Marcella, Mrs. Fred Asmus, Columbus Junction, born March 26, 1911; Chris, Council Bluffs, born October 20, 1913; and Kenneth, Minneapolis, Minnesota, born March 4, 1920. Mr. Mohr passed away December 7, 1943 at the age of 75 and Mrs. Mohr passed away December 25, 1958 at the age of 78.

Frederick & Marie (Kruse) Mohr with children: George, Pete, John, Maggie, Chris
Great-grandparents of Frank Mohr

Chris & Marie (Nuppnau) Mohr January 26, 1898
Grandparents of Frank Mohr

Children of Chris & Marie Mohr

Back: Elsie Siem, George, Emil
Front: Verna Wegner, Leona Asmus, John "Jack"

Herman & Leona (Mohr) Asmus

Back: George, Emil, John "Jack," Elsie
Middle: Verna, Christian, Sr., Kenneth, Marie, Leona
Front: Marcella, Christian, Jr.

9th Grade picture of the class of 1946

Back: Marian Hoffman, Betty Mincy, Jean Blum, Eddie Meggers, Sara Diamond, Ruby Book, Alvan Kuhse, Joanne Grundmeier, Leota Carter, Marie Sextro, Bill Addison, Ruby Lohmeier, Margaret Hammer, Norma Schrum, Betty Olbertz
Middle: Shirley Coleman, Lucille Genzen, Zona Duff, Norma Dau, Delores Wagner, Franklin Mohr, Virgene Ruhde, Alvan Jansen, Donna Schacht, Kenneth Pfannkuch, Donna Fae Mohr, Ruth Musfeldt, Madlyn Cramer, Loretta Lerssen, Mildred Lechtenberg
Front: Norman Arp, Mary Jane Dales, Duane Olbertz, Donna Rowedder, Robert Hinners, Ruth Brady Hiatt, Mrs. Ida Beck (sponsor), Patrick Miller, John Keane, Donna Jean Cramer, Marvin Bogatzke, Donna Belle Joens, Mary Lorraine Jacobsen

Frank - high school information

We are really living at a special point in our history.
A special country, special state, and special community.
One very important aspect for the quality of life we experience today is because of our Veterans.
I was asked by the family to capture the military aspects of Franklin Mohr's funeral service.
I've done this for a number of Veterans and each one is unique...the morning of September 14, 2019, was no exception, with down pours disrupting the rites for the graveside services.

Frank not only served his country during WWII & Korea, he served the Manning community his whole life...just read his obituary and you'll see how much!
Frank's Uncle Ken served during WWII and was wounded at Iwo Jima - he saw the famous flag raising. Frank's brothers, Russ & Robert, and their sister, Louise, also served in the military, so this is a very patriotic family - like so many other families in Manning's history.
Here are a few snapshots from Frank's funeral service.

Frank's confirmation class (lower left) in the church display

Iowa National Guard presented the flag and played taps
The soldier on the left told me he has participated in 1500 funeral services.
They teach flag etiquette and respect at school events and for the Boy Scouts.

Flag unfolding & folding & presentation ceremony presented by the Guard.

Flag unfolding

Flag re-folding

Flag re-folding

Flag salute

Flag presentation to the family

Flag presentation to the family

Flag salute to the family

Manning Color Guard & salute

Manning Honor Guard & salute

Iowa National Guard - Taps

Gene Steffes with his large patio umbrella
Another great volunteer of the Manning community!
He doesn't like recognition for his efforts but it needs to be acknowledged.

Manning Honor Guard

Manning Color & Honor Guard

Manning Honor Guard

Gene Steffes with his umbrella

Gene Steffes with his umbrella

Then we have all of the great church volunteers who serve the luncheon.

In case you haven't seen it yet, the tribute to Frank and the Mohr family is farther down below...

To all visitors of my web pages who are Mohr, Sonksen, Fischer, Asmus, etc relatives and descendants - if you have military pictures and information for any of the Mohrs, any old Manning family/community pictures, PLEASE e-mail me. I would like to scan your items to include in the Manning Historical digital database.

Back to Dave Kusel's main page