Richard Kenneth Franklin II, of Sierra Vista, entered into eternity on May 24, 2020. Richard was born on July 31, 1940, in Los Angeles, to Richard Kenneth Franklin and Frances Eretha McElhannon Franklin.
He spent most of his life in the Gila Valley and the Phoenix area. He was a master mechanic who could fix anything. Richard started as a young boy, working on his mother’s washing machine. He moved on to every kind of car and piece of farm equipment in the Gila Valley. To that, he added a love of HAM radios and computers.
Richard spent his professional life in the Arizona Army National Guard Engineering Unit, doing equipment maintenance. There was never a complicated nor huge piece of military equipment he couldn’t fix, often just diagnosing the problem for others to fix. He was a military man and patriot who spent his life serving his country and others. He retired as a First Sergeant.
After 30 years plus in the National Guard, he retired to maintain buses and computers at the Solomonville School for 10 years. He loved driving the school bus.
Richard is survived by his wife, Ann Foster Franklin; his children, Kenny (Angela) Franklin, LeAnn (Bob) Sowards, John (Connie) Franklin, and Sandra Franklin; his brothers, John (Annie) Franklin and Wayne (Carolyn) West; his sisters, Cyndi (Mike) Spafford, Colleen Hanson, and Kip Grant; 27 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Frances Franklin, and his sister, Elaine Lawrence.
Memorial services will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 31, at the McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Graham Cemetery with military honors by the Gila Valley Honor Guard.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.