Franklin D. Thurman, age 78, of Rio Rancho, N.M. went home to the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, surrounded by family.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1934 in Vandalia, Mo. to Beckworth and Bessie (Van Vactor) Thurman. He was a veteran of the Korean War (1953-1956). On Feb. 23, 1957, Franklin married Lois V. Pulis in Mexico, Mo. They lived in Mexico, Mo., Chicago, Ill., and Albuquerque, N.M. before moving to Rio Rancho in 1986. During their early years of marriage, Franklin worked for International Shoe Co., and later, Florsheim Shoes, in Mexico. After moving to Albuquerque in 1970, Franklin worked for Price's Dairy, which would later become Borden's Dairy, making ice cream. He continued to work at the dairy until his retirement in 1996. Together Franklin and Lois were blessed with 6 children., five grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren. He enjoyed western movies, country and western music, model trains, playing the slots at the casino, wearing any one of his vast collection of hats, and spending time with his family.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lawrence, Beckworth and Charles Thurman; three sisters, Jessie Casey, Ruby Tillman and Josie Hartegan; and one niece, Phyllis Spurlock.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; and son, Randal, of the home. Survivors also include son, Richard and wife, Diann; son, Russell and wife, Kathleen; son, Rex; daughter, Pamela and husband, Steven Valdez, daughter, Penny and husband, William Hein; grandchildren, Hannah Thurman, Thomas Thurman, Jon Thurman and wife, Cassie, Nicholas Hein and Patrick Hein; and stepgrandchildren, Christopher Walker, Erin Ayres, Shannon Meek and husband, Deral, and Bryan Thurman; as well as 19 nieces and nephews.
Visitation and viewing were held Sunday, Jan. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at French - Westside. A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m at French - Westside. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Franklin at www.FrenchFunerals.com
French, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114.