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Robert D. Franklin
March 1, 1937 – February 5, 2012

LYONS – Robert Dean Franklin peacefully passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 74 with his wife and “Angel on Earth” at his side. He was born in the historic Charles and Martha Brown House at 425 North First Avenue, Stayton, Oregon to Dallas “Gus” and Melvina (Martell) Franklin.

Robert grew up on the North Fork and in Lyons with his five older siblings, Harry (Delores), Ben (Cleo), Willard (Doris), Goldie (Melvin) Peck and Dorothy (Alvin) Garrison.  Robert’s siblings, parents and his second born child, Cindy Lou (infant) are all deceased.  On December 15, 1956 he married the love of his life Darlene Mae Schiewek at the Santiam Chapel Assembly of God in Lyons.

Robert worked most of his years in the timber industry at Oak Ridge Saw Mill, Simpson Plywood, truck driving at Frank Lumber Company (chip truck) and Freres Lumber Company (chip truck).  He began his own business as owner-operator of his log truck, later bought a portable saw mill, worked for Hugh Johnson (dump truck) and again as owner-operator of his own dump truck and retired as the owner of Bob’s Bark-N-More in Mehema.

Robert enjoyed motorcycles, cars, camping, traveling and especially spending time with his family. He loved tinkering in his shop and always had the sense of accomplishment which came with being a business owner and making his equipment work his own special way.  Robert often loved to just drive through the Oregon mountains and along the coast to experience the scenery. He was forever a joker and could make you smile on your toughest day. Robert was always willing to give of himself to help anyone who had a project or need.  He truly believed everyone deserves a second chance and often put himself in the shoes of others.

Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Darlene of Lyons.  Children, Rodney of Portland; Alan (Connie) of Lyons; Stanley of Lyons and Tina (David) Birch of Clifton, Virginia.  His grandchildren were the apples of his eye, Tashina (Ian) Walker of Lyons; Sarah (Kevin) Smith of Lyons; Tyler of Lincoln City; Ronelle of Salem; Angela of Salem; Nikieva of Keizer and Robbie of Virginia along with his great-grandchildren, Natalia Walker of Lyons and Alyssa & Stephanie Smith of Lyons.  Robert is also survived by his adoring nieces (24) and nephews (21).  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm., Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Santiam Chapel Assembly of God, 440 5th St, Lyons.  A fellowship luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made in Robert's name to: 

Santiam Heritage Foundation, Inc.
Charles & Martha Brown House
P.O. Box 161
Stayton, OR 97383
(503) 769-8860 or (503) 769-5863

Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton
 

 


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