Funeral services for Merle Franklin Jr., 69, of Mentor, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 6330 Center St. (Route 615, north of Route 2), Mentor. Pastor James Burr of Bread of Life Anglican Church in Painesville will officiate.
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Mr. Franklin passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township.
Born Feb. 27, 1944, in Cleveland, he had been a resident of Lake County for 54 years, living in Willowick before moving to Mentor.
Merle was a 1963 graduate of Eastlake North High School, enjoyed fishing and was a member of the 5th Chapter Motorcycle Club for more than 20 years.
Mr. Franklin worked as a machinist at T.R.W. and also worked for Willoughby-Eastlake Schools.
He was the loving father of Denise (Thomas) Jones of Painesville, Dawn (Jim) McGee of Painesville and Michelle (John) Shaffer of Painesville Township; cherished grandfather of eight; great-grandfather of six; and brother of Betty Malone.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth (nee Coy) and Merle Franklin Sr.; and brother, Wayne Franklin.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Catawba Island Township Cemetery in Port Clinton.
McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home
6330 Center Street Mentor, OH 44060
Published in www.News-Herald.com from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2013