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Edwin “Gene” Franklin


Edwin “Gene” Franklin, 82, of Monon, Indiana, died at his home unexpectedly Monday June 20, 2016. Gene was born to the late William Gobel and Virginia Dare Scot Franklin on May 22, 1932 in Shelbyville, Indiana.  Gene had lived the past 50 years on the Big Monon and was the oldest person living there.  Gene was always offering help to anyone needing it.  The morning he died was an example of him being the good neighbor.

Gene married Linda Lou Curwick on October 8, 1954 in Monon and she survives.

Gene started his work career with RCA in Monticello.  He also worked at the Monon Stone Quarry.  After working 32 years for the Monon Telephone Company he retired in 1999.

He was a graduate of Monticello High School in 1953.  He served our Country in the National Guard.

Gene’s life was about his family, fishing, camping, playing the banjo and an avid Nascar fan and always routing for the number 24, Jeff Gordon.

Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Linda.  One daughter and son-in-law: Brenda and Russell England of Williamsport, IN.  Three sons and daughter-in-law’s:  Merle and Glenna Franklin of Monon, Brad and Debbie Franklin of Monticello, Mark and Cindy Franklin of Buffalo, IN.  One sister: Joyce Duddy of Flora, IN.  Nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.  Gene is preceded by his parents, one great-grandson, brother and a sister Ann Lou Abbott.

Gene’s family will receive friends Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4-8 PM at Frazier Funeral Home, 507 N. Market Street, Monon, IN 47959.  A celebration of Gene’s life will be Friday, June 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.  Burial to follow at Bedford Cemetery close to Gene’s home.  Rev Clayton Kendall will officiate. Memorials may be given to the White County Cancer Association.  Wheeler Family Funeral Home-Baker Chapel Flora has been entrusted to assist family with arrangements.
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  • Michael William Franklin

    June 22, 2016 6:09 am ·

    In a world full of uncertainty, you taught me there would always be a safe place to be. At my grandfather’s side.

    With all my love and even more respect.
    Your Grandson,

  • Jackie Applegate

    June 23, 2016 11:28 am ·

    our hearts and prayers go out to all of the Franklin Family.We first met Gene and Linda up in minnesota at the Boessels,they were camping out there with us.Merle and glenna were going together then,Boy!How young they were.Gene had a heart of gold and a smile always on that face that lit up,Bill and i will miss him dearly.Especially in the stores,we would see them both and have a great visit all the time.our condolences go out to all of you ok. The Applegate Family Jackie,Bill and shane

  • Angela Hess

    June 23, 2016 2:54 pm ·

    Sometimes, if we are so fortunate, we marry into families who bring people into our lives who become loved ones we are proud to call family. This is the case with Gene and Linda Franklin. I have been blessed knowing both of them. Gene (Edwin) Franklin became a part of my husband’s Curwick family line when he married Linda Curwick.
    Gene and Linda kindly accepted me into the family over thirty years ago. I am blessed by and thankful for knowing them.
    Gene is a good man who always brought a smile and a quiet happiness with him whenever we were together. His years belied his youthful spirit and his kindness outshined all else. He passed doing something kind, it is who he was.
    I will miss you Gene, but always with a smile on my face as I recall what a special person you are, for you will never cease to be. And to Linda and the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you, always. God Bless! Angela


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