Dale Wilbur Franklin, of Cambridge, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at his home at the age of 84.
He was born on April 15, 1935, in Wewoka, Oklahoma to Wilbur and Ida Franklin. He attended Finlayson Schools until the 8th grade. In 1957, he married Darlene Margaret Carlson, and together they had two children, David and Duane. Darlene passed away in 2001. In 2002, Dale and Paige found each other while driving for Medi-Van. Dale also worked as a milk truck driver, diesel mechanic, welder, machinist, and coffee-man at Trinity Lutheran Church, cemetery grounds-keeper. Spending time with his family was of utmost importance to him. Through the years he enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, county fairs, thrashing shows and the Renaissance Festival.
Dale is survived by Paige Carlstrom of Cambridge; sons Dave (Jenny) Franklin, Duane (Virginia) Franklin, all of Harris; grandchildren Amanda (Scott) Lindquist of Anchorage, Alaska, Bryan (Renee) Franklin of Prior Lake, Seth (Jen) Franklin of Baldwin, Wisconsin, Derek Franklin, Collin (Julia Lindgren) Franklin, all of Harris; great-grandchildren Abel, Alexa, Sylvia, Asher and Piper; brother Phil (Bonnie) Franklin of Appleton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Ida Franklin; wife Darlene Franklin; sister Anita Collins.
Pastor Ralph Holbrook officiated at funeral services for Dale on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City. A time of visitation and reviewal was held Monday, Nov. 25 and also one hour prior to the service at the chapel. The interment with military honors took place at Birchwood Cemetery in Pine City.
Memorials in Dale’s memory may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 8000 West 78th Street, #175, Edina, MN 55439.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City – Swanson Chapel. www.FuneralAndCremationService.com