David Michael Franklin, 74, of Heyworth, passed away 5:07 p.m. Friday (Dec. 8, 2017) at his daughter’s home in Normal, surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth, with the funeral following at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Randolph Township Cemetery, Heyworth, with military rites provided by Carl E. Miller Post 624, Heyworth. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association or Prairieland Anglers Association, P.O. Box 31, Heyworth, IL 61745.
David was born Sept. 5, 1943, a son of Blanco and Margaret Schooley Franklin. He married Carol Ann Cruise on July 27, 1963, in Heyworth. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Timothy (Darci) Franklin; daughter, Davina Franklin; grandchildren, Brenton, Logan, and Lia Franklin; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Jordan Franklin; two brothers, Thomas (Ann) and Richard (Lillie) Franklin; sister, Parmalee Franklin; several nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Kenny and Kevin Cruise; and sister-in-law, Candice Cruise.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Stephan and James Franklin; and mother-in-law, Bette Cruise.
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David was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from October 1961 to February 1966 aboard the USS Chilton (APA 38) during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the USS Mountrail (APA 213) during his final years of service. He was a member of Carpenters Local 63, Bloomington, and Millwrights 1051, Lincoln, for over 30 years.
He loved to fish and tie flies. He was a member of Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, treasurer of Prairieland Anglers Association, and member of Zoning Board of Appeals, Heyworth.
David was very proud of having a great-grandson, Jordan Michael John Franklin, and great-nephew, Isaak David Glass, named after him.
He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and devoted friend who will be deeply missed.