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In Memory of Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020 at his home. Michael was born November 12, 1952 to Alice and Tony Franklin. He was a graduate of North St. Paul High School (class of 1971) and most recently a resident of Baldwin, Wisconsin.

He will be remembered for his wicked sense of humor, love of great music, classic movies, good food and long rides on his motorcycle when he could. Mike was a “renaissance man” and lived life on his terms, he was open to all the amazing and crazy shenanigans life had to offer and always found amusement in the ordinary.  Mike was a guy who loved a good time. His quick wit, hearty laugh, charm and gentleness made him a friend to all who met him.  He loved life and was fortunate to find good women to love it with him. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary de Leon-Denton.

Survived by his children, Sara (Byron) Blaine and Adam Franklin; step-daughters, Talia (Trent) Haun and Alyssa Denton; and step-sons, Nathan and Damian Denton; loving sister, Cheryl Franklin; nephews, Josh and Chance Zasada; beautiful grand babies, Teigan and Sydney Blaine; Zoey, Elijah and Josie Haun; his first wife, Mary Ellen Chinander; and his fat cat, Guy.

Preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Tony; sister, Kathleen; and second wife, Karen Franklin (Keating).

A special thank you for the loving care Mike received from the team at Mayo Eau Claire. 

Mike lived life big, loud and sometimes messy.  As one of his favorite quotes from The Big Lebowski so eloquently put it “I can’t be worrying about that sh*t, Life goes on, Man.” – The Dude

Indeed it does and its a better life for all of us who got to spend a little bit of it with Mike.

Memorial Services for Mike are being planned for a later date. For updated service information, please continue to check in with the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, via www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com, or by phone at 715-684-3434. Memorials for Mike’s family may be mailed to O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Care of Michael Franklin Family, 1010 Newton St. Baldwin, WI 54002, to be forwarded on your behalf. 

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    • Michael will be missed by so many friends and family. I kept in touch with him after high school and knew how much he loved his family. He was always so easy to talk to and fun to be around. I will miss him and would like to pass on my condolences to his family.


    • I’m wrought with all kinds of emotions since learning of your passing Mike.Sad very sad to lose you at such a young age and mad that we didn’t stay better connected.Fortunately we talked about a year ago.I’ll never be as close to anyone as you and i were in high school.Iwas honored to be your best man when you and Mary Ellen got married and Lucky that you were best man when judy and married 42 years ago.When I pass you’ll be the 2nd man I’ll look for.I’ll only want to see my dad 1st.miss you love John

    • Not because he was a large man and came from the biggest class in the history of NSP High. Mike was a very kind soul, no one forgot the day they first met Mike Franklin! He projected a calmness and was funny as hell. Thanks for the excellent words as he makes it to the other side. My sincere condolence to the entire family. God bless Mike!

    • Mary Denton was my bestie, and when I met Mike, loved him immediately! Because Mike and I are both Republicans and Mary, the Democrat, we loved giving her shit, she took it and gave it back, that’s my Doc! I will miss our great conversations Mike❤️

    • North Saint Paul class 1971 lost another great guy. The class of 71 was the largest class to graduate from NSP but everyone knew Mike he was a friend to everyone. I’ll never forget Big Mike pulling into the students parking lot at school and seeing this giant squeeze out of a AMC Gremlin.
      RIP Big Mike you will be sadly missed by all who knew you.

    • Mike was a great coworker and friend! Never a dull moment. Unforgettable personality.

    • My dear friend, my life is better because you were in it. Your sense of humor and stories entertained me for hours and hours. I cherish the time we spent together. All the great conversations and laughs will never be forgotten. You are one of a kind and I will look forward to you greating me on the other side with your infectious smile and laugh. ❤️

    • R.I.P. Big Mike Franklin. Condolences to family and friends. Memories of
      North High Class of ’71.

    • So sorry to see Big Mike go – what a great guy to work with! I can’t remember how many people asked about Big Mike through the years. His sense of humor will be forever remembered as well as his gentle soul. Will miss this guy!💔

    • Mike – you gave it your best. For that you will be remembered. It was a great thing to reconnect after so many years had gone by since your Golden Valley days. I’m happy to have known you.