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In Memory of

Gerard A. Francois

September 23, 1930 - February 24, 2012

Obituary


Gerard A. "Jerry" Francois, a well known resident of Colorado Springs, Fountain and Hanover, passed peacefully into the



arms of his Supreme Commander, Lord and Savior on February 24, 2012 in Colorado Springs. He served his Country with



honor, God with duty and family with love.



Jerry was born Sept 23,1930 in Jersey City to Camille and Helen (Fortune) Francois. At age 17, he left school and enlisted in



the Army. He served with the 17th Inf. during the occupation...

Gerard A. "Jerry" Francois, a well known resident of Colorado Springs, Fountain and Hanover, passed peacefully into the



arms of his Supreme Commander, Lord and Savior on February 24, 2012 in Colorado Springs. He served his Country with



honor, God with duty and family with love.



Jerry was born Sept 23,1930 in Jersey City to Camille and Helen (Fortune) Francois. At age 17, he left school and enlisted in



the Army. He served with the 17th Inf. during the occupation of Korea in 1947 and was reassigned to 3/31st Inf., 7th Div. in



1948 at Camp Crawford, Japan. He learned Morse code and became a radio operator. Jerry entered the Korean War at the



Inchon Landing and on Nov. 27, 1950 was caught in the ambush at the Chosin Reservoir. He was taken prisoner on Dec.2,



1950 and held by the Chinese for 33 months.



Upon his release, Jerry returned to New Jersey. While visiting his brother in Denver, CO. he met a young nursing student,



Dawn Emery. She became the love of his life, his inspiration and his strength. After a long distance courtship they married on



Jun 16, 1956 in Colorado Springs and returned to Jersey City. With the birth of their first daughter, the couple settled in



Colorado Springs, where three more daughters completed the family. Jerry loved the outdoors and fishing became his



passion.



Jerry started Colorado Spring's first commercial towing company, Allied Towing, which he later renamed Checker Wrecker.



He also owned Allied Auto Salvage and Allied Insurance Pool. He helped draft the PUC T permit law regulating the towing



industry. In 1975, the family moved to Fountain. With Dawn at his side, Jerry started Kart Krete Rental, Town & Country



Hardware and finally Dawn Meadows Feed & Tack. He became a constant figure in politics and the local coffee shops.



As an advocate for the military, Jerry lobbied endlessly on the Bill for Colorado Ex-POW license plates. In 1978, he formed



the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Ex-POWs. Jerry served as the Commander of the 31st Inf. Association and



was instrumental in forming of the Army Chapter of the Chosin Few.



In 2005, Jerry and Dawn built their dream home in Hanover. He received his honorary high school diploma and is officially a



graduate of Hanover High School.



Surviving are wife, Dawn; sister, Grace Markert; daughters, Charmaine (Stanley) Griffith, Yvonne (Randy) South, Paulette



Francois, and Jeannette (Patrick) Thurman; grandsons, Cayle Lazor, Cameron Lazor and Riley South; granddaughters,



Nicolle Caraway and Madison Thurman. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews,



second great nieces and nephews, longtime cherished friends and extended family.



Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Camille and Donald, and a sister, Lois Defina.



A Visitation Will be held at First United Methodist Church 420 N. Nevada Blvd.



March 05, 2012 From 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with Funeral Services following at 12:00 pm.



A Private Interment will be at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.




In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations can be made to LifeQuest Transitions 6125 Omaha Blvd Colorado Springs, Colorado,



80915.