Franklin, Richard Kent 76 of Nebo, IL passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. Kent was born on February 13, 1938 in Nebo, IL, a son of Robley Evans and Vernice Boren Franklin. He married Diana Osterman in Alton, IL on May 5, 1979 and she survives. Kent was a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge #25 A.F. & A.M. in Alton, IL since November 1966 and a member of the St. Louis Moolah Shriners. Kent had worked at McDonnell Doulgas Aircraft Company in St. Louis, MO in the astronautics division working on the Gemini program, Mercury program, First Manned Apollo Mission and First Walk in Space program in addition to many other programs and accomplishments in the Aerospace industry. He was past president of the International Aerospace Machinists Union and he and Diana was active lobbyist for the machinist union local chapter. Kent is survived by his wife, Diana of Nebo; son, Steven Franklin of Las Vegas, N.V.; daughter, Cathy (Steve) Wulfenstein of St. George, Utah; four grandchildren and a great granddaughter. Services: A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Don Hannel officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Masonic rites being conducted at 6 p.m. by Pittsfield Lodge #790 A.F. & A.M. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Nebo Fire Department, Pike County Animal Shelter or the Eye Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mar. 6, 2014