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Michael Franklin, Jr.

February 3, 1976 August 17, 2017
Michael Franklin, Jr.
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Michael Franklin, Jr., 41, of Peoria, formerly of Serena, IL., passed away while doing what he loved, riding his Harley, at 2:22 AM on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Peoria Heights.

He was born on February 3rd, 1976 in Sandwich IL. to Michael and Donna (Bruggeman) Franklin. He married Sunny Vahl in 1999, they have a son, Christopher Franklin. He later married CaSandra Franklin (Huskisson) in 2003. They have seven children: Paige, Jacob, Malechi, Brittan, Michael the 3rd, and Jurnee Franklin and Austin Drum, all of Pekin. He is survived by his parents Michael Franklin, Sr. of Peoria and Donna (Dean) Irelan of Cement City, MI., grandmother Nellie Bruggeman of Somonauk, and three siblings Patricia Strope of Peoria, Jeannie Kirby of Earlville, and Joe Franklin (Marcie Dobson) of Chillicothe, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Seth Burwell, one nephew Christopher Kirby, one niece Brittany Stearns, Grandfather Paul Bruggeman, Grandmother Zona Bishop, and many other aunts and uncles.

Michael grew up in Serena throughout his childhood years. After high school he went to work for the union as a painter. Later on he fulfilled his long life dream of becoming a tattoo artist and owned his shop in Peoria, Mad Tattoo Studio.

Visitation will be held 4:00 - 8:00 PM, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria. A private family burial will be held in Somonauk, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a fund to help Michael’s children, at Mad Tattoo Studio, 2625 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61604.

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Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

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2625 N University St
Peoria, IL 61604

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