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Francis J. "Frank" Krovance

March 13, 1927 — November 9, 2023


Francis J. "Frank" Krovance

Hastings resident Francis J. “Frank” Krovance, 96, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE.    


Graveside Services with military rites by the Hastings Military Honor Guard will be at 1 p.m. Monday, November 13, at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings with Father Thomas Brouillette officiating. There will be no viewing or visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Crossroads Center Rescue Mission, Hastings, NE. The service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s website. To view the service, go to Frank’s obituary and click the play button shown towards the bottom of the page.


Frank was born March 13, 1927, in Sioux City, IA to Joseph and Sigrid (Skow) Krovance. A USN WWII veteran, enlisting in March 1944. He served as a fireman on the USS Currier destroyer escort in both the European and Pacific Theatres until his honorable discharge in June 1946. Also a Korean war veteran, he enlisted in the USMC in August 1948; shipping out with the 1st Marine Brigade in July 1950 for Pusan, Korea. He went on to fight with the 1st Marine Division, 5th Brigade, “A” Company including the Inchon landing (September 1950) and the Chosin Reservoir (November-December 1950). As a Marine, he served as a recoilless rifle crew member/infantry. He was honorably discharged in August 1952 while stationed at the Hastings NAD.


Frank married Betty (Rutherford) Hinkle on February 14, 1952. Following Betty’s death in March 1975; he married Vi McCauley on July 30, 1977. Vi passed in December 1987. He retired in 1986 after a 33-year employment with Western Land Roller.


Frank was preceded in death by his parents; both wives, Betty and Vi; brother, James Krovance Guffey; grandson, Brett Shields; step-grandchildren, Patricia Prevette, Jim Prevette, David Dixon; step-son, Larry Prevette; and step-daughter, Joyce Richardson.  



Step-Daughter & Spouse:                  
    Vicki Hinkle (Bob) Shields

Son & Spouse:                                   
    Sid (Barb) Krovance

Step-Son & Spouse:                          
    Gary (Judy) Prevette

Grandchildren & Spouses:                
    Scott Shields
    Emily Krovance (Roger) Aviles

    Aaron (Katie) Krovance

    Karissa Krovance (Jake) Holsan

    Bryce Krovance

    John Prevette

    Julie Boydston

    KayCee Sheppard

    Debbie Dixon

    Ryan Richardson

    Jeff Anderson

    Ben Aviles

    Teddy Aviles

    Joe Krovance

    Caroline Krovance

    Nora Krovance

    Denver Simmons

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Monday, November 13, 2023

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