Richard Dean Franklin

Richard Dean Franklin
September 10, 1935 – December 26, 2017
Selma, Iowa | Age 82

Richard Franklin 82, of Selma died Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Richard Dean Franklin was born September 10, 1935 in Batavia, Iowa, the son of Robert and Guida Mae Brewer Franklin.

Richard was united in marriage to Nancy Lee King on December 24, 1953.

Richard’s working career included some factory work, a short while as a heavy equipment operator and owner/operator of Franklin Logging.

Richard had a soft spot in his heart for animals and he was an avid cat collector. He enjoyed drinking coffee and catching up on the latest gossip with his friends in Birmingham and Douds.

Over the years Richard had overcome several challenges in life. As a result, it led him to teach his family “Judge not lest ye be judged.” After winning his battle with sobriety Richard never hesitated to help a friend, and explained to others “You simply don’t know until you’ve been there.”

Richard is survived by his three children: Christie (& Slate) Sweat of Fremont, Teresa Bliefert of Keosauqua, and Kenneth Franklin of Douds; an honorary son, Mark Ebert of Keosauqua; three brothers: General Franklin of Montrose, Gary (& Sharon) Franklin of Douds, John (& Barb Jacobs) Franklin of Montrose; a sister-in-law, Joyce Franklin Harrington of Keosauqua; two daughters-in-law, Ramona Franklin of Keosauqua and Michelle Mize of Knoxville, TN. His legacy will also be cherished by eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy Franklin; two sons, Danny Franklin and Richard Franklin; two brothers, Kenneth Franklin and Robert Franklin; a great grandson, Derrick Ball; a son-in-law, Randy Bliefert; and a sister-in-law, Ila Franklin.

As was his wish his body has been cremated.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Holland-Coble Funeral Home in What Cheer is in charge of the arrangements.



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