RICHARD 'KENT' FRANKLIN
NEBO ILL. - Richard "Kent" Franklin, 76, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill.
Kent was born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Nebo, Ill, a son of Robley "Evans" and Vernice Boren Franklin. He married Diana Osterman in Alton, Ill. on May 5, 1979, and she survives.
Kent was a member of the Nebo Church of Christ, a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge #25 A.F. & A.M. in Alton, Ill. 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, Brittany (Chris) Jacoby, Amy, Katey, and Bradley Wulfenstein and a great-granddaughter, Poppy Jacoby; a daughter-in-law, J.C. Cudiamat; and many cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernice and Evans Franklin; brother, Ed Franklin; and a sister, Patsy Franklin Harbin.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Don Hannel officiating.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 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.