Francis “Frank” Hubert Zigrang, the son of Harry and Augustine (Choquette) Zigrang, was born on September 10, 1935, in Livermore, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, until the family moved to California, where he graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1953. Frank served in the United States Army from December 9, 1954 until his honorable discharge on December 3, 1956, assigned to the 3rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion. After his military service, he returned to Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1961, with a business administration degree.
Frank was a field director for the national college fraternity Delta Chi for five years and worked as a mobile home vendor for three years. He then returned to Humboldt and was involved in selling real estate and insurance for about ten years.
Frank was described as firm, determined, an outspoken vegetarian and generous, but also as kind, compassionate and merciful ~ a Humane Advocate. In 1985, he volunteered as the “Dog Catcher” in Humboldt and in 1989, Humboldt County began covering his expenses. Frank continued to advocate and rescue animals for many years and served many years on the Fort Dodge Humane Society Board of directors.
Frank was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Humboldt V.F.W and served on the Humboldt County Trails Council. He helped in heading a “Rails to Trails” fund which helped to fund the 33 miles of abandoned railway, from Eagle Grove to Rolfe, to a walking/biking trail. Frank was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, loved antique Chrysler cars and was especially thankful for his friends and neighbors, Jerry and Jeanette Johnson.
Frank passed away, with family at his side, on Friday, February 3, 2023, at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion, at the age of 87 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Denis and James Zigrang; sister, Margaret Hergenreter (Nick) and brother-in-law, Rudell Rusch.
Survivors include his sister, Mary Rusch of Mission Hills, CA; sister-in-law, Jackie Zigrang of Eagle Grove and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Humboldt with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Livermore.
Memorials may be left to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.