Francis Joseph Ficenec

Born: Tue., Sep. 4, 1934
Died: Sat., Oct. 12, 2013


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary


Interment following funeral service

Location: Pilot Rock Cemetery


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
Location: St. Helen's Catholic Church


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Saturday, October 12, 2013, Francis Joseph Ficenec died after a year-long battle with cancer.  He originally fought lymphoma in the early 1990’s, and had been healthy for the following 20 years.  Then last year Francis was diagnosed with cancer again, this time in his bone marrow.  While he was in remission over the summer, the cancer came back this fall and his decline thereafter was rapid.  At his death he was 79 years of age.

Francis was born on September 4, 1934 near Milnor, a small farm-town in Sargent County, North Dakota where his family lived, and began running his family’s farm in 1955 upon his father’s death.  He married Veronica Marion Ciesynski of Cayuga, North Dakota on June 27, 1964 in Geneseo, North Dakota.  During his time in North Dakota Francis was a member of the Knights of Columbus, an active member of the parish at St. Arnold’s Church, and an avid hunter.

After Francis had run the family farm for over 20 years, in 1977 he moved his family to Pendleton, Oregon looking for a new adventure.  For several years he worked as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’, followed by a career as a mechanic for the Pendleton Grain Growers.  In 1985 Francis moved his family to his current home in Pilot Rock, Oregon, and eventually retired from the Grain Growers in 1997.

Francis’ passion was old cars.  He restored several classic cars, with his first being a 1960 Studebaker Hawk.  All-in-all, he restored 10 different Studebakers.  His ’42 President Coupe was one of only a small handful left in existence.  Francis loved to travel around the northwest with friends to car shows and swap meets, often pulling a trailer home with spare parts.

Francis is survived by his wife, Veronica, two sons, George and Anthony, one daughter, Mary Peck, as well as five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  One brother and five sisters also survive: Mary Olson of Milnor, ND; Anna Torgerson of Lake Geneva, WI; Helen Beyer of Wahpeton, ND; Dorothy Gilk of Salmon, ID; Joseph Ficenec of Delamere, ND and Alice Reiff of Kent, MN.

There will be a Rosary Service Friday, October 18th at 7:00pm at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton.  Funeral services will be held at St. Helens Catholic Church in Pilot Rock, Saturday, October 19th at 10:00am.  He will be laid to rest in Pilot Rock Cemetery.  Send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.  

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Virgil and Ivadell Woytassek
   Posted Mon October 14, 2013
Our sympathy to Veronica and all the family on Francis' passing. We will miss our visits with him when he would come to North Dakota in the summer. I didn't realize that he restored old cars but I do know that he always drove nice new cars... Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Patti McMahon
   Posted Tue October 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I remember seeing you at Mass at St. Helens and you were always so welcoming and warm. May you rest in peace.

Sharon Smith
   Posted Thu October 17, 2013

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Gregg and Sharon (Torgerson) Smith, and James, Heather and Charlotte Smith.

I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Frankie at the home place when we would come for summer vacations, thinking of you all at this sad time. Gregg and Sharon (Torgerson) Smith, Easley, SC, James, Heather and Charlotte Smith, Burlington, WI


Kathy Powell
   Posted Sat October 19, 2013
Our sympathy goes out to the family. Thinking about the summer trips back to North Dakota and the cousins and picnics and baseball games at Grandma's farm. We thought everyone went to ND for vacation. Couldn't be a better place to go! We have you in our thoughts. Kathy, Jim, Todd Hill and Natalie Hill

Kathy Powell
   Posted Sat October 19, 2013
Our sympathy goes out to the family. Thinking about the summer trips back to North Dakota and the cousins and picnics and baseball games at Grandma's farm. We thought everyone went to ND for vacation. Couldn't be a better place to go! We have you in our thoughts. Kathy, Jim, in Lake Geneva and Todd Hill and Natalie Hill in Chicago

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