Harry Franklin

Sunday, November 20, 2022
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On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 Harry Franklin, at the age of 87, peacefully passed away at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive where he had been a resident since Sept. 21, 2022.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Francis Schreiber officiating. Rite of Committal will follow in the Dawson County Cemetery. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Harry was born on May 16, 1935 in Roseglen, N.D. He was the third oldest of ten children to Ferd and Mildred Franklin. Harry was raised on the Franklin farm and attended school in Makoti, N.D. After graduating high school in 1955, he joined the Army and served for two years. Harry married Rosella (Weinand) in 1959 and they enjoyed 63 years of married life. They were blessed with three daughters to raise: Deb, Sherry and Vickie.

Harry went to Wahpeton, N.D. for refrigeration and A/C training. Upon completion, he was employed in Chinook, then moved to Glendive in 1969. At that time, he was employed by MDU for 28 years of service and retired in 1997.

Harry was an active member of the Makoti Threshers Association in Makoti, and many happy family memories were created there with children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. He loved his old tractors and tinkering on them to make them run. Several years were spent with the guys at hunting camp and creating memories and laughter. Harry also was a true rock hound. You could always see him with his head down looking for a rock. Thank goodness for a belt, because he was prone to collecting them in his pockets!

Harry’s pride and joy was his 1928 Pontiac car that was refurbished to enjoy taking to parades and car shows.

Always the practical joker, Harry was known around the Franklin table for passing the butter dish to you and sticking your fingers in it. There are many stories to be told of all the practical jokes that he pulled on family and friends. This is what will help ease our pain of losing him.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Ferd Franklin; brothers, Tom and Dick; and granddaughter, Misty Sorenson.

He is survived by Rosella, wife of 63 years; three daughters, Deb (Don) Evans, Sherry (Ron) Sorenson and Vickie (Jeff) Haggerty; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Marvin (Cheryl), Jerry (Sharon), Clifford (Gail) and Bill (Marilyn); three sisters, Luella, Florence and Sue Ellen (Leo); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances and condolences can be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.