Franklin Vincent

  • Born: April 21, 1933
  • Died: August 19, 2020
  • Location: Wells, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

Franklin Anderson Vincent, age 87, of Alexandria, formerly of Wells, MN died Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in Alexandria, MN. A private family funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN with Pastor Chris Leistra officiating. The service will be live streamed via Facebook Live on Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home's page. Visitation is open to the public from 5:00-7:00 PM Tuesday August 25, 2020 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home. Face masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed. Interment will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Wells, with Military Honors by the Wells Color Guard.
Franklin was born April 21, 1933 the son of Clare Vincent and Helen (Hull) in Maquoketa, IA. He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1952. On June 13, 1964 he was united in marriage to Nancy Joan Southwick and to this union two sons were born. Franklin served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959 and stayed in the Army Reserve until 1962. In 1963, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mankato State College in Elementary Education. Franklin later earned a Fifth Year Degree and a Master of Science Degree from Mankato State University in 1976. Franklin taught in the Wells Elementary Public School from 1963 until he retired in 1998, after 35 years of teaching. He was a member of the Wells United Methodist Church and the Wells VFW. Franklin also served as the treasurer for the Wells Sr. Citizens for 7 years. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, libraries, history, and visiting his 40 acres near Grand Rapids, MN. Franklin also loved square dancing with his wife Nancy and they attended many square dancing events together.
Franklin is survived by his wife, Nancy of Alexandria, MN; sons: Steven (Julie) Vincent of Alexandria, MN, and James (Tracy) Vincent of Inman, SC; Grandchildren: James Richard (Rebecca) Cianciolo, Amy Cianciolo, David Cianciolo, and Kennedy Vincent; and five great-grandchildren..
Preceded in death by his mother, father, stepfather, and twin brother, Francis.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I so enjoyed getting to know Frank and Nancy as we worked together on a Diabetes Sharing Group. I will never forget Frank trying to belly dance. He was a hoot! He had this enjoyable dry humor that always kept us in stitches. Thank God for memories. My deepest sympathy Nancy and family.

Posted by Catherine Van Hove - Lake Mills, IA - Friend   August 28, 2020

My Deepest Sympathy to the Vincent family. Although Mr. Vincent wasn't my teacher in school. I always knew him as a kind and gentle man.

Posted by Rick Christenson - Wells, MN   August 24, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Uncle Frank's passing and am keeping Aunt Nancy and the rest of the family in my prayers. I am thankful to have finally met him and Nancy at the family reunion and remember fondly meeting them again later at a restaurant in Mankato for lunch and nice, long visit.

Posted by Warren Vincent - Savanna, IL   August 24, 2020

I will forever be thankful for meeting Franklin at our family reunion. My heart is saddened by his passing. My prayers are with Nancy, and the boys, may you find strength you need knowing he as loved by so many.

Posted by Melody Vincent Gulman - GRAND JUNCTION, CO - Family   August 23, 2020

I was so sad to hear of Franklin's passing. It was such an honor to meet him and his family at our reunion! I will never forget him and the important part he played in our lives.

Posted by Rebecca Vincent Ernst - Broomfield, CO - Family   August 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Frank was such a joy to know.

Posted by Anita Thiner - Walters, MN - Acquaintance   August 23, 2020

Frank and Nancy are both special people to me. I rented their basement apartment for 11 years and got to know them very well. Our condolences to Nancy and her family and we hope she is doing well in her new environment.

Posted by Stephen Navara Navara - Wells, MN   August 22, 2020

Nancy and family,
I'm deeply saddened to hear of Frank's passing. It was always such a treat when you both came to visit Auntie Donna and Uncle Ed and then come up to Grandma Himmelman's , Frank was so interesting and you could really tell he liked talking to kids. He never acted like we were "pestering" him. He was a great guy, a will be missed.

Posted by Kathryn Himmelman-Smith - PUEBLO, CO - Family Friend   August 21, 2020

I had Mr Vincent in 4th grade. He was a great teacher! He will always be remembered. Prayers to the Vincent family.

Posted by Kim Solberg (Bungarden) - Fort Walton Beach, FL - Student   August 21, 2020

Nacy, James, and Steve im very sorry for your loss. Mr Vincent was my 4th grade teacher in 1972. Fe was fair and strict but instilled the will to learn. He lit the fire by creating competitions between student which forced me to learn to win. He came to my graduation and I also seen him around town many times. He met my twins and he would tell me a story about his twin. He was a great teacher and even a greater person. RIP and thank you for your 35 years of teaching Wells students.

Posted by Dan Hodge - wells, MN - Student   August 21, 2020

So sorry for your loss. He was a well educated and great teacher. May you hold the memories close to your heart.

Posted by Carrie Beckmann - Minneapolis, MN - Student   August 21, 2020

He made such a impression on me as a young child. He believed in me. Much love and admiration. God bless you all.

Posted by Linda Rarick Brink - Regal, MN - Student   August 21, 2020

I would like to express my condolences to the Vincent. Mr Vincent was my 5th grade teacher in 1965. I remember him as always being kind, gentle, and caring. He shared many stories of his family and experiences in the army that I remember to this day. Again, very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Alan Schultz - Stacy, MN - Student   August 21, 2020