James Thomas Franklin, age 96, was born Dec. 5, 1919, and passed away March 23, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Rheinscheld; parents, Thomas and Marie Franklin; brothers, Warren, Howard and Charles; and sisters, Bernadine and Mary.
He is survived by his children, Sharon (Lloyd) Crosby, Thomas (Kathy) Franklin and Susan (William) Cann; grandchildren, Doug (Becky) Hennis, Mike (Amy) Franklin, Cindy (Scott) Schumaker, Will (Janny) Cann, Alex (Kelly) Cann, Tom (Sue) Newsome, Brook (Jeremie) Roshon and Darryl (Laura) Crosby; great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Kayla, Taylor Shook, Ellen Hennis, Sarah, Matt and J.B. Crosby, Kylee Walters, Chase Franklin, Amber Scott, Mikayla and Mariah Shumaker, Wystan and Auden Cann and Holden and Harper Roshon; and his sister, Martha Lyendecker.
He was a member of the Weslyan Church, Lancaster.
He lost his leg at age 11, and after being unable to convince the military that he could serve, he went to Bremerton Ship Yard (Puget Sound, Washington) to help rebuild the fleet of naval carriers destroyed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He worked at Park View Dairy and then became a painter. He continued to paint until his mid-80s.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Sheridan Funeral Home. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A private interment will be held Monday at Maple Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doug Hennis, Mike Franklin, Will Cann, Alex Cann, Tom Newsome, Scott Schumaker, Jeremie Roshon and Darryl Crosby.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, OH 43130.
To send an online condolence and sign guestbook, please visit www.sheridanfuneralhome.net and click obituaries.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal