Richard Leroy Franklin,
83, of Marion, passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1790 14th St., Marion. Family will greet friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 375 32nd Street Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Richard was born Sept. 10, 1932, to Howard and Irene Crowley Franklin in Walker, Iowa. He grew up in Central City and graduated from Marion High School. He joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.
On July 11, 1956, he married Mary Barbara Nolan in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and to their union six children were born.
Richard was a very loving husband, father and grandfather, making sure his family was filled with laughter and love. In his career he farmed for many years and later retired from Rockwell Goss.
Richard enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren and camping. He was considered a jack-of-all-trades. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Anamosa for 40 years and most recently of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marion.
Those to cherish Richard's memory are his wife, Mary Barbara, of 60 years; children, Laurie (Kevin) Smith of Springville, Jeff (Kerry) Franklin of Oshkosh, Wis., Tim (Kim) Franklin of Mitchellville, Rob (BJ) Franklin of Cedar Rapids and Katie (Jeff) Pickel of Martelle; grandchildren, Hannah Smith, Preston (Lindsay) Franklin, Nolan Smith, Zach (Shannon) Franklin, Megan (Eric) Boyken, Nevin Smith, Morgan Franklin, Ethan Franklin, Brianna Pickel, Molly Franklin, Allie Franklin, Quinn Franklin and Emily (Troy) Hutchins; four brothers, Harlan, Ron, Ray and Don, one sister, Lorraine; and many loving family and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Susan; and brother, Loras.
Memorials, if desired, may be directed to the family.
The family would like to thank the loving and caring staff at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.iowacremation.com under Obituaries.