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     Leroy Manford Franklin, Jr., age 29, of Joplin, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at his home after a short illness.

     Leroy was born December 22, 1986 at Nevada, Missouri to Leroy and Gaylene Franklin.  He grew up in Lamar, Missouri and graduated from Lamar High School in 2005.  He loved farm equipment, tractors, toys and his family.

     Survivors include his dad, Leroy Franklin, Sr. of Lamar; a step grandmother, Sharon Horton of Overland Park, Kansas; a step grandfather, Jon Ardahl of Lecompton, Kansas and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

     He was preceded in death by his mother Gaylene Franklin; paternal grandparents, Jessie and Laverne Franklin and maternal grandparents, Glen Horton and Judith Ardahl.

     Funeral service will be 11:00 am Tuesday, April 6, 2016 at Oakton United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Oakton Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends 10:00 until service time Tuesday at the church.

     Contributions are suggested to Leroy Franklin Jr. Family in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#6 Joplin, MoShyanna Busch 2016-07-20 07:01
I am so sorry to hear about Leroy's passing. I have many memories of him and of the obstacles he overcame. I will be praying for the Leroy, Sr to find comfort in his recent losses.
#5 overland park kssharon horton 2016-04-27 17:58
This sweet child born to my husband's first child, Gaylene, was so very special in more ways than I can count! He was her only child and has rejoined his mother in Heaven! His Grandfather and I loved him very much! RIP sweet child!
#4 Lamar, MODeAnna, Randy & Winnie Ross 2016-04-05 11:32
I'm so very sad to hear of your recent loss. We'll be thinking of you & your family in the days to come.
#3 Lamar, MOJoleen Barnes 2016-04-05 10:33
Mr. Franklin:
I am so sorry for your loss of Leroy. I loved working with him at school. I will never forget when the National Guard flew in a helicopter and we got Leroy to finally sit in it. My prayers are with you and your family.
#2 Liberal, MoKatie Lemmons 2016-04-05 08:32
So sorry to hear. I went to School and church with Leroy. My prayers are with you all through this time.
#1 Lamar, MONancy Hughes 2016-04-05 02:58
Mr. Franklin:
I am so very sorry for your loss of LeRoy. He was one of my students at Lamar Schools and was always polite and never failed to make me smile. I am praying for you in the days and weeks ahead.

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