– 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.
grew up on the North Fork and in Lyons with his five older
(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.
December 15, 1956 he married the love of his life Darlene Mae
Schiewek at the Santiam Chapel Assembly of God in Lyons.
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.
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.
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.
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: