Allnutt Funeral & Cremation - Hunter

2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO


John Lester Francone

Passed away on January 13, 2020

John Lester Francone, 70, of Sidney, Nebraska, passed away on January 13, 2020, in Loveland, Colorado after a long, enjoyable life lived on his own terms. John’s memorial services will be held at 10:30, January 24, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport, Neb., with a lunch following the service. A private inurnment will be at a later date in Broadwater’s Rose Hill Cemetery.

Born in Alliance, Neb., on February 27, 1949, to Anthony and AnnaBelle Francone, John attended Kelly Elementary Country School near rural Broadwater, before graduating from Bridgeport High School in 1967. A year later, he married Linda Spencer, and the couple had four children: John, Michelle, Tony and Phil. John loved his kids immensely and continuously bragged about their many accomplishments.

His early years were spent working hard alongside his father on the Francone family farm, a childhood he enjoyed and often reminisced about. With a knack for woodworking, John found success as a carpenter. After a long career, John never really retired, working until recently behind a bar doing what he loved most, serving stiff drinks and telling mostly true stories to the many friends that came to see him.

John was raised in the outdoors, and spent as much free time as he could hunting and fishing. The highlight of his life was a grand adventure to Alaska, which he talked about for years afterward. He was an excellent pool player, a skill he passed on to his children, and John won more than one steak dinner over a green felt table. John Francone was proud of his Italian heritage, especially when it came to food. His favorite nights were spent with family and friends over a bubbling pot of bagna cauda, regaling those that could keep up with his many stories. If he deemed you worthy, he might share the secret family salami recipe carried over on the boat from Italy by his grandparents.

John Francone was preceded in death by his father Anthony. He is survived by his mother Annabelle; sister Louise Leisy; children John, (Jamie) of Littleton, Colo.; Michelle of Bettendorf, Iowa; Tony (Rachel) of Fort Collins, Colo. and Phil (Emily) of Sidney, Neb., along with 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


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John Lester Francone

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Paul & Kim Spink

January 17, 2020

Phil & Emily,
We are sorry for your loss and we are thinking of you guys during this difficult time. All of our thoughts and prayers be with both of you and your family.

With sympathy,
Paul & Kim Spink