Alfred ‘A.J.’ Franzen
Alfred J. Franzen, A.J. as he was known to family and friends, was born March 24, 1984, to Al and Lois Franzen of Sidney, MT. There he was raised on the family ranch. He and his brother, Tim, grew up roping where he found his love for horses and rodeo.
Throughout life, AJ had many accomplishments. He was a very decorated cowboy. He was a true perfectionist in everything he did, whether it be rodeo, fencing, or just having fun.
He attended college at Dawes Community College and then transferred to the University of Wyoming where he received his degree in Ag. Business and met the love of his life, Barbara. On June 9, 2007, he married his life partner and made a home in Carpenter, WY. Two years later, on August 8, 2009, they had their first child, Jace. Jace was the center of AJ’s universe and he lived every moment for his son. They are expecting their second child in May.
AJ died in a tragic car accident on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010.
He is survived by: his wife, Barbara Franzen, son Jace, and unborn child, Carpenter, WY; his parents, Al and Lois Franzen, Sidney, MT; his brother, Tim Franzen, Dickinson, ND; his two grandmothers, Shirley Short, Durango, CO and Patricia Franzen, Billings, MT; and many other family and friends.
Memorials may be made to his children’s college fund.
Services for Alfred “AJ” Franzen, 26, of Carpenter, WY, were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the Event Center at Richland County Fairgrounds with Father Ned Shinnick officiating.
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