SHELDON—Francis Wm. Pulscher, age 81, of Sheldon, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Primghar, Iowa.

A private family graveside service will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa, with the Rev. Daniel Baker officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

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Francis William Pulscher, the son of Otto and Marie (Anderson) Pulscher was born July 5, 1939, in Hawarden, Iowa, where he attended school and graduated from the Hawarden High School. On June 3, 1961, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Kay Wildeman in Sheldon, Iowa. After their marriage the couple resided in Sheldon, Francis had worked as a truck driver for Rollin Construction, Moorman Feed, Pepsi and AMPI out of Sanborn, Iowa, until his retirement. Marilyn preceded him in death on May 23, 2014. Francis remained in his home until moving into the Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Primghar, Iowa, where he passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, reaching the age of 81 years, 4 months and 13 days.

Francis was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon; he loved his wife, his kids and grandchildren and enjoyed attending all their activities while in school.

Left to cherish his memory are his five sons, Ron (Kayla) Pulscher of Sheldon; Jim (Crystal) Pulscher of Woodbine, Iowa; Bob Pulscher of Algonquin, Illinois; Rick Pulscher of Hospers, Iowa; and Dan Pulscher of Sheldon; 11 grandchildren, Nick, Alesha, Nate, Kaitlyn, Desta, Kayla, Daniel, Amanda, Haley, Courtney and Katie; seven great-grandchildren, Beau, Ruby, Hurley, Tinley, Jayde and Kennedy; and other relatives and friends too numerous to count.

Francis was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; an infant daughter; his parents; seven brothers, Clarence, Alfred, Clifford, Gilbert, Merlin, Herbert and Harold; and two sisters, Kathryn Watkins and Phyllis Pulscher.