Ralph E. Franklin, 88, of Higginsville, died May 3rd, at his home

Ralph was born August 28, 1930 near Corder, to James and Edna (Allander) Franklin. He married Doris Beck on September 18, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He worked at Berger Construction for a while and then many years as a lineman at West Central Electric and the City of Higginsville. 

Ralph was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church as a lector and Eucharistic minister. He was instrumental in getting the Knights of Columbus reestablished at the church. He was a past District Deputy and Grand Knight and a member of the 4th Degree Assembly.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Margie Rankin; sister, Norma Farrell; brothers, James Franklin, Jr. and Cecil Franklin.

He is survived by:  
Wife:          Doris
Sons:         Gary Franklin             of Detroit, MI
                  Chris Franklin            of Blue Springs
Daughter:    Judy Quarti (Bob)       of Higginsville 
Son-in-law:  Rick Rankin (Kathy)   of Corder
Sister:        Sherry Hackler           of Stover

17 Grandchildren        41 Great Grandchildren 

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Visitation will follow from 7-8 pm

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am, Wednesday, May 8th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiated Fr. Tom Hawkins. 

Casket Bearers will be Nick Rankin, Matt Rankin, Chad Rankin, Begi Quarti, Trenton Rankin, Brendan Jackson.

There will be Knights of Columbus Honor Guard from the 4th degree assembly.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery 

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Cemetery

Kaiser-Wiegers Funeral Home