Franklin Mudra

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 12, 2009

Franklin Dale Mudra, 75, of Rochester and formerly of Albert Lea, died on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester.

Franklin Dale Mudra was born on Dec. 29, 1933 in Austin, the son of Frank and Edna (Olson) Mudra. He attended and graduated from Albert Lea High School and then attended Austin Vo-Tech obtaining his training as a mechanic. He owned and operated a repair shop in Myrtle and also worked for the Freeborn County Highway Department for more than 30 years. On Nov. 28, 1956 Franklin was united in marriage to Betty Prine in Northwood, Iowa. Franklin enjoyed working on and restoring older cars and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Betty, Rochester; daughters, Lorie (Mark) Buehrer, Northwood, Iowa, and Linda (Todd) Anderson, Ettrick, Wisc; grandsons, Ryan and Cory Buehrer, Dallas, Texas; sisters, Marlene (Dean) Lechner, Austin and Carol Oakland, Brownsdale, Minn.; son-in-law Mark Gayken, Albert Lea; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Janene Gayken, granddaughter, Jessica Gayken, brother, Wayne Mudra and one sister in infancy.

Funeral services for Franklin D. Mudra will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.

Pastor Kent Otterman will officiate. The burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. To sign the guest book go to: