Frances T. “Fritz” Corcoran, 76, of Sedalia, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center.

He was born July 13, 1939, in Ulen, MN, son of the late Timothy and Mary (Theis) Corcoran. On June 24, 1961, in Fargo, ND, he was united in marriage to Sonja Kopperud, who survives of the home.

Fritz was a 1957 graduate of Ulen High School and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo graduating in 1961 with a degree in agriculture. He served his country honorably in the US Army from 1961-1963. He worked as a territory manager for J.I. Case, Hesston and United Farm Tools until his retirement in 2003.

He was an active member of Sacred Heart Church since moving to Sedalia in 1975. Fritz looked forward to the Missouri State Fair where he had a concession stand for many years. He was an avid walker and a member of the round table at Papa Jake’s Donut Shop.
In addition to his wife, Sonja, he is survived by five children, James Corcoran, of Raytown, Jeffrey Corcoran (Debbie), of Lee’s Summit, Carole Ancona (James), of Scottsdale, AZ, Katherine Shipley, of Dallas, TX, and Michael Corcoran (Dana), of Jefferson City; one sister, Kathleen Sullivan, of Apache Junction, AZ; seven grandchildren, Madisen Corcoran, Danielle Corcoran, Marissa Corcoran, Alex Ancona, Adam Ancona, Austin Shipley and Connor Corcoran; two step-grandchildren, Hannah Corcoran and Justin Corcoran; and one step-great-granddaughter, Ava.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am, Monday, January 25, 2016, at Sacred Heart Church with Father Mark Miller, C.PP.S. officiating. Pallbearers will be Pat Sullivan, Charles Matz, Austin Shipley, Connor Corcoran, Marissa Corcoran and Madisen Corcoran. Honorary pallbearers will be Danielle Corcoran, Alex Ancona and Adam Ancona. Graveside service will follow at 1pm at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.

Friends may call after 12:00 pm Sunday at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel with a scripture service beginning at 4 pm with visitation to follow until 6 pm.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart School in care of the funeral chapel. Condolences may be offered online at