Walter M. Franklin

October 20, 1926 - October 12, 2014

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There will be no calling or services. Burial will be at the Orange Cemetery in Rome City.
Walter Max Franklin, Sr., 87, of Kendallville passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014, after a long-fought battle with cancer at North Ridge Rehab Center in Albion.

He was born October 20, 1926, in Wolcottville to Cecil and Mabel Franklin. He lived in Rome City from 1931 to 1974, then moving his family to Kendallville in 1974.

He graduated from Rome City High School in 1945. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a U.S. Air Force and Korean War veteran. He was honored to attend the honor flight in May to Washington, D.C.

He married Cecelia A. Harbin in Brimfield on March 23, 1956. They were married 42 years until her passing in 1998.

He worked at McCray Refrigeration for 25 years. He often spoke of the number of friends he met while working at all four of the Kendallville foundries over the span of 24 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Jacalyn S. (Steve) Powell of Kendallville and Cathy A. (Charles) Allen of Naperville, Illinois; a son, Max (Linda) Franklin, Jr. of Kendallville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, two sisters, a brother, his wife, and a son, Michael D. Franklin.

Mr. Franklin was a member of the Kendallville American Legion Post 86, Wounded Warriors, and the Disabled American Veterans of America.

He was an avid Notre Dame football supporter, San Francisco Giants baseball fan, and enjoyed listening to Bluegrass music on WAWK. He loved taking walks around Bixler Lake with his friend, Evalyn McDonald. Attending the annual Kendallville Bluegrass Festival with his two favorite nephews, Wally Stevens and Ronald Stout was another great past time for him. His compassion was meeting and talking to people, nobody was a stranger to him.

Preferred memorials are to the Parkview Noble Hospice, 1836 Ida Red Road, Kendallville, Indiana, 46755.

There will be no calling or services. Burial will be at the Orange Cemetery in Rome City.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Guest Book

Jerry & Sandra Chapman
October 16th, 2014 10:23am
Sevierville, Tennessee

We are sorry to see that Max has passed away. Max and my father-in-law were on the same flight together last May to DC. They all seemed to have a great experience on their day trip and I enjoyed reading the article about Max in the paper. Please know that our hearts and prayers go out to all your family. My mother also sends along her condolences as well. Love in Christ Jerry & Sandra Chapman

stacey bellefleur (bardsley)
October 15th, 2014 4:02pm

So Sorry for your loss, Walter was a great man, he'll be truly missed! Thoughts and prayers are with everyone in his family & his many many friends

The McDonald family.
October 15th, 2014 3:40pm

Our thoughts and prayer go out to Walters family..he was a kind and loving person..RIP Walter...gone but never forgotten..Evalyn...Denzil.

Rex and Reba Bardsley
October 15th, 2014 3:36pm

Prayers for Max and his family..good kind man..going to miss him.

October 15th, 2014 2:02pm
Reick Insurance

We want to express our sympathy in your loss of a great man. We enjoyed his visits and wit and humor every time he came in the office. Hold on to the memories. Sincerely, Lou, Cheryl, Brenda and Rose.

Kara Etzler
October 15th, 2014 2:01am
Fort Wayne, IN

Max, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Jim franklin ,Mary Franklin (Nartker)
October 15th, 2014 12:39am
Howe IN

sorry to hear of uncle Max passing.

Judy (Franklin) Reed
October 14th, 2014 6:41pm
Lagrange, IN

I am so sorry to hear of uncle Max's passing. As a child I loved coming to your house because he was so kind and funny.

Russell and Bonnie DeCamp
October 14th, 2014 5:00pm
809 Glenwood Place

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your father.

Karol Oelfke
October 14th, 2014 12:14pm

Max, Linda and family - you have my deepest sympathy and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Karol

Mike & Vicky (Donat) Fiandt
October 13th, 2014 8:56pm
Rome City, IN

Remember Mr. Franklin from childhood days, pleasant memories. Thoughts and prayers with all of you.

October 13th, 2014 3:16pm

I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. When I was dating Mike we had a lot of fun times visiting him and your mom. I will be praying for all of you.

Tim and Deb Knox
October 13th, 2014 12:47pm
Wolcottville, IN

Very sorry to hear of your loss.

Patricia Bryant
October 13th, 2014 4:26am
Kendallville, IN

I am so sorry for your loss. All the residents here at Streb apartments were very fond of Walter, he will certainly be missed.