William Franklin

William Paul Franklin

Sunday, March 31st, 1940 - Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
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William Paul Franklin, 80, of Olathe, KS, passed away Sept. 22, 2020. Visitation 4:00-6:00 pm Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS. Private family inurnment at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at

William was born March 31, 1940 in Chicago, IL to Ralph and Esther (Gillstrom) Franklin. He grew up in Southwest City, MO where his father was a farmer. His father later moved to Wichita when he became a butcher. William graduated from Wichita State Univ. After graduation he took a job as an editor of the Nazarene Publishing House in KC, MO. William married Marian Franklin in 1960 and she was the mother of his children. They lived in Shawnee and then moved to Olathe in 1968. She passed away in 2000. William married Marilyn Middleton Phelps in 2003. He was a pre-school teacher and owner of Heritage Montessori in Olathe. William was an active member of Church of the Harvest, Olathe, KS. He will be missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Marian and Marilyn; brother, Ralph Franklin and a grandchild. William is survived by his children: Brent and wife Linda Franklin, Shawnee, KS, Bryan and wife Beth Franklin, Olathe, KS, Bradley and wife Christy Franklin, Shawnee, KS and Elizabeth Wynn, North Kansas City, MO; brothers: Ben Franklin, Goddard, KS and Bob Franklin, St. Louis, MO; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 5th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, October 5th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Gardner Cemetery
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    Private Family Inurnment
  • Interment

    Gardner Cemetery
    300 South Poplar Street
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Private Family Inurnment


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Scott and Donna Taylor

Posted at 07:01am
In loving memory of Bill. His sense of humor made us laugh on a regular basis! A great co-worker and wonderful friend who shared his love of Jesus!
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Bear and Cindy Carpenter

Posted at 05:49pm
To the Franklin family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Posted at 06:18pm
I remember him as a good dad even though he was not a stern disciplinarian, he was very easy going. Later in life though I could talk to him about anything and that meant a lot!!

Jennifer Franklin Posted at 04:58pm

I first met Uncle Bill on the farm near Neosho, MO when I was 8 and he was a young teenager. He was incredibly generous and kind to me and loads of fun. I’ll never forget he let me read his Superman comics. Jenny Franklin

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