Francis John Mottet, 92, of Richland, died at Parkview Care Center in Fairfield where he had been a resident. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m.. Tuesday Aug. 18, 2009, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fairfield with Rev. Stephen C. Page officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield. Visitation will open at 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Prayers for a Christian Wake will start at 7 p.m.
Memorials to Polishville Association or the St. Mary New Catholic Church Building Fund may be left at the church or mailed to the family at 1166 Nutmeg Ave., Richland, IA, 52585. Arrangements are in the care of Gould Funeral Home in Richland.
He was born May 31, 1917 in Riverside, the son of Laurence Xavier and Mary Winifred Streb Mottet. Francis graduated from West Chester consolidated school. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Francis married Mary Teresa Chuck in East Pleasant Plain on January 24, 1948.
Francis was a farmer all of his life, except while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He lived and farmed in the Richland area for the past 61 years and retired in 1991. Francis was a member of the American Legion, served as president of the Jefferson County Unit of the National Farmers Organization and vice president of the First Congressional District Unit of the National Farmers Organization. He also served on the Diocesan Lay Council for 12 years including a term as vice president and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Fairfield. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and overseas. Following his retirement, he became a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City for seven years and took up golfing.
Francis is survived by his wife Teresa of rural Richland; two daughters, Joann Shepard and her husband Richard of Indianola and Jean Briggs and her husband Terry of Rochester, Minn.; and two sons, Ray Mottet and his wife Peggy of Fairfield and Ken Mottet and his wife Mary of Berwyn, Ill.; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one brother, Duane Mottet of Brighton and two sisters, Catherine Godwin of Cedar Rapids and Dolores Brown of Mount Pleasant. Francis was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Helen McDowell and Jeneta Weltha; and two brothers, Bernard and Richard Mottet.