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Richard Rich Bernard Franklin

April 4, 1948 ~ January 17, 2014


Richard “Rich” Bernard Franklin, age 65, passed away on Jan. 17, 2014 in Prineville. He was born on April 4, 1948 in Fresno, Calif.

Rich was a mill worker, ran heavy equipment, chimney sweep, handyman, and worked on a ranch. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and gold prospecting in Oregon and Arizona was his last adventure.

He was married to Claudia Barker on October 17, 1980 in Prineville.

He is survived by his wife Claudia, mother Rosamond Laughter, daughters Shannon Palermo and Lori Franklin, stepchildren, Jeffery (Durene) Niemela, Jennifer (Donnie) Brown, sister Marietta (Pedro) Gonzalez, uncle Archie Cunningham, aunts, Althea Roberts, Sharon Thrasher, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friend and hunting buddy, Randy Wallace.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Adrian Eugene Laughter, father Bernard Franklin, son Richard Sean Franklin, aunts Naola McShatko, Daphna Cunningham, uncles Bob Casteel, Bud Thrasher, several cousins and grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Human Society of the Ochocos, where Rich got Sockit and Nugget Franklin.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.