Melvin Franklin

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Nov. 28, 1934 -- Dec. 23, 2009

Longtime Milton-Freewater resident, Melvin Ervin Franklin, 75, died Dec. 23, 2009, at the Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave., following a two-year struggle with lung cancer.

The graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 S.E. Myra Road, College Place. The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 715 S.E. 12th St., College Place. Pastor John Bradshaw will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lung Cancer Association through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Mr. Franklin was born in Walla Walla on Nov. 28, 1934, to Claude and Mildred Bovent Franklin. He attended Milton-Feewater schools.

He married Dena Myrick on Oct. 12, 1953. In 1972, he married Diane Knopf.

While still in his teens he started his own business, Melvin's Shine Parlor, located on Fourth Avenue in Walla Walla. He then became a cook for many years at the Oasis Restaurant and TeePee Cafe in Milton-Freewater.

He had many hobbies. He especially enjoyed designing jewelry and clock and stamp collecting with his longtime friend, companion and caregiver, Sallie Sigsbee. He spent the last several years collecting coins. His favorite holiday was Halloween. He took many first-place prizes for his creative costumes.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Johnson of Bakersfield, Calif., Karen Dolphin of Walla Walla, and Misty Franklin of Ketchikan, Alaska; two sisters, Cherri Miller of Bullhead City, Ariz. and Carol Franklin of Walla Walla; two brothers, Larry Franklin of Central Point, Ore. and Lee Franklin of Boise; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchilden.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Charvira; two sisters, Betty Odem and Claudia Pinza; and one brother, Ronald Franklin.

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