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In Memory Of
Glen “Joe” L Franklin age 66 of Colstrip/Forsyth
August 29, 1947 – December 7, 2013
Joe Franklin (AKA Glen or Lyle) 66 of Colstrip died December 7th of natural causes. Joe was born August 29, 1947 to Glen Benjamin Franklin, and Lillian (Oltman) Franklin in Lewistown, MT. Joe and his family resided in Grass Range until 1958. He spent most of his high school years in Kansas graduating from Atwood Kansas High School in 1967.
On September 10th, 1977, he married Nancy Kate Pierce in Forest Grove, Montana. They lived in Grass Range for one year where they established their custom farming business. To this union, they were blessed with their children Molly and Hunter. Joe and Nancy farmed and ranched in the Sand Springs Jordan area for twelve years. They moved to Colstrip where Joe managed a ranch before working at Peabody Coal Mine and Western Energy. He was a member of the Colstrip Community for 20 years. Joe retired in 2010. Joe had a heart of Gold and never complained about his health issues. Joe was a wonderful father and provider for his family. He was a quiet gentleman. He was a class A Trap Shooter. Joe LOVED GUNS and spent most of his free time in his Man Cave reloading shotgun shells. Joe was an avid hunter and worked as a hunting guide for several years. Joe won high school wrestling meets, played high school football and truly enjoyed following his daughter, Molly, to all her sporting events as well as supporting local youth in sports . Joe was an excellent saddle maker craving and creating his own saddle which he kept with him no matter where he resided. He was a member of Colstrip Trap Club. When weather permitted, Joe could always be found traveling Montana trap shooting and rarely if ever did he miss in consecutively shooting 100 Clay Pigeons. Joe had a heart of gold and never complained about his health. He was a wonderful father and provider for his family. Joe was a quiet, gentle man and would help anyone at any time.
Joe and Nancy divorced in February of this year and Joe married Deeanna Williams, June 8, 2013.
Joe is survived by his daughter Molly (Brandon) Douglas of Laurel Montana grandchildren Riley, Caden, Gracen and baby Avery Rose (April 2014), Son, Hunter Franklin of Billings. Special hunting/fishing/reloading shells buddy, Sarah Williams. Along with Deeanna’s other daughter Sammars (Jacob), and Jon Simpson (Liz) of Missoula. Joe was preceded in death by both parents, brother Oral, and sister, Glenice.
Joe leaves behind his wife of 35 years (Nancy), his present wife, (Deeanna), a dear and loyal friend, Dan Fields, his prospective business partner and special nephew, Trampis Heble and Trampis’ mother, Carol, and numerous nieces and nephews .
Joe will always be remembered as being a good man with a kind soul. He would never turn down anybody who needed a helping hand. He will truly be missed by all the people he touched while he was here on earth.
His Funeral service will be held 12:00 pm Wednesday December 18, 2013 at the Life’s Journey Church in Colstrip, MT. Private burial will be held after the service.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whomever believes in him, shall not perish, but will have everlasting life.