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DECATUR -- John Porter Franklin, 85, of Zephyrhills, FL, formerly of Decatur, IL, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 15, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, IL, with visitation two hours prior to services at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, at Keller Cemetery, Lovington, IL, with military rites conducted by the Lovington American Legion.

John was born June 7, 1933, in Fountain Run, KY, son of Porter A. and Edith Esther (Stinson) Franklin. He married Carolyn Jeanette Lewellyn September 23, 1955, in Assumption, IL.

John was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Together, John and his wife Jeanette owned and operated Skyway Motors for 52 years.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Jeanette; son: Jack Franklin of Tuscola, IL; daughter: Jeanie Humphreys of Zephyrhills, FL; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one sister Katie Colwell of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons John P. Franklin, Jr. and Jerry Franklin, one brother and five sisters.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com.

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