Claude Martin Froman
September 19, 1922 – September 25, 2020
Claude went home to be with his Lord and Savior September 25, 2020. Claude was the child of Charles and Erma V. Froman. Born on a ranch a few miles from Woodrow, Colorado, he grew up in a rural environment.
Although in harsh surroundings, he received a wonderful early education. Claude remembered fondly his elementary teacher, Mr. Lucky. He was responsible for grades 1-8 in a two-room schoolhouse. His recollections were of being well prepared for high school, graduating from Adam City High School in 1942.
Claude was growing up in the midst of the depression. His father had just purchased a farm near Greeley, Colorado in 1928, but was unable to keep up with the payments, as cash flow was difficult. This required Claude to do odd jobs to retain the farm and provide for the family. It was these experiences where he learned the value of a dollar and the discipline needed for success. His military service began in 1942, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. While at Maxwell Field Airbase in Alabama, he met the love of his life, Edna Mitchel, while attending a USO dance. As they began dating, they fell in love, and when Claude was transferred to Amarillo Army Base, she joined him and there they were married. Claude was discharged in 1945.
They returned to Aurora, Colorado and began their new lives. In 1947 they were blessed with the birth of their only child, Terry Ann.
Claude and Edna soon joined the Aurora Community Baptist Church. Both served as Sunday school teachers. It was here that their love for the Lord thrived and matured. As they built a life together, Claude worked at a number of jobs in the Denver area until he was introduced to the real estate business. He thrived in this arena as well as Edna, who served as his office manager. Starting as an agent, he went on to become a builder and broker. In 1968, the Aurora Board of Realtors named him Realtor of the year. Just before his retirement in 1981, Broderick Engineering honored him with their Community Service Award.
In 1982, they retired and moved to Canon City and joined the Baptist Church. Claude became a member of the choir and volunteered at a local nursing home. In 1988, they moved to Colorado Springs and joined Pikes Peak Baptist Church and made many new friends. It was this move to Colorado Springs that began the most rewarding years of their lives as they began volunteer work for a number of Christian organizations.
For almost 30 years they volunteered for Voice of the Truth. Claude served on the Board of Directors as well as using his building skills to help construct and maintain parts of the organization’s facilities. Both helped with mailings and organizing volunteers. This ministry became a significant and important part of their lives. In addition, from 1986-1995, they volunteered at the Stonecroft Conference Center in Missouri one month in the spring and fall. During this same time period, they served at Focus on the Family.
To our precious Claude, your gracious love and your willingness to be there for others will long be remembered.
Claude was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Erma Froman, sister, Dorothy Lewis Martin, and daughter Terry Ann Dionisio
He is survived by his son-in-law, Joseph Dionisio and his nieces and nephews.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020