James Arthur Franklin, age 89, of Big Lake, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Wellstead of Rogers.
He was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Pineville, KY, the son of Calvin A. and Hassie Mae (Renner) Franklin.
James honorably served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Edgar Allen Poe as ship’s cook second class.
James was joined in holy marriage with LaVerne Hintz Sept. 28, 1949, at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. God blessed their marriage with four children.
James was the founder of Franklin Outdoor Advertising, establishing the company in 1977. He retired in 2000.
He enjoyed fishing.
He was currently a member of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Elk River, where he served as an elder and a Sunday school teacher.
James is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, LaVerne; children Elizabeth Hanson, Barbara (Warren) Hartwell, and Keith (Julie) Franklin; son-in-law Tom Shore; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; half brother Charles Albrecht; half sister Betty; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; three sisters; and a daughter, Cindy Shore.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Elk River with Pastor Marty Mably officiating. Interment was in the Howard Lake Public Cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home, and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the services.
Casket bearers were Daniel Franklin, Thomas Franklin, Jeff Hanson, Joshua Larson, James Hartwell, and Bobbi Anderson.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.