DeForrest ‘Tuffy’ C. Franklin, of Kalamazoo

Published 5:32pm Monday, July 7, 2014

Jan. 8, 1920 — June 24, 2014

DeForrest “Tuffy” C. Franklin, 94, of Kalamazoo, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at home.

He was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Hamilton Township, the son of Clyde and Harriet (Graham) Frankling. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and bronze star medals.

After his discharge from the Army, he was in the National Guard of Michigan, 246th Armor for 12 years and retired with the rank of master sergeant, E-8.

He was a life member of the VFW Celery City Post No. 6248 of Decatur and the National Guard Association 246th armor.

He was an amateur radio operator for 52 years, an automotive machinist an a tool and die maker, and was formerly employed by Ridge Company and Sundstrand Corporation in Dowagiac.

He married Esther Mazer July 27, 1945, in Decatur. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Carl (Jean) Franklin, of Dowagiac, and Gary Franklin (Mary Jo Peterson) of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Marshall Franklin and sister, June Franklin.

Cremation has taken place.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, in Lakeside Cemetery, Decatur, with Mr. James Abshagen officiating and military rites conducted by VFW Celery City Post #6248 and American Legion Post No. 309 of Decatur.

Arrangements are being handled by Newell Funeral Home, Decatur.

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