Thanks to everyone for your kind wishes for our family during this time.
The memorial service for Franklin will be held at 10am on Saturday, August 25, at Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Dr NW, Silverdale, WA 98383. This is the home church for Franklin’s sister and mother. As you may know, Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge is Franklin’s long time home church. We wanted to make sure the venue was large enough to accommodate everyone, however, and we also did not want to interfere with a wedding held at Bethany the same day. Bethany’s pastor, Paul Stumme-Diers, will be presiding at Franklin’s service.
The memorial service will be followed by a reception at Silverdale Lutheran. At the reception, there will be an opportunity to share stories and remembrances of Franklin. A viewing and graveside service will follow at 2 pm at Haven of Rest Funeral Home and Cemetery, 8503 State Route 16 NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.
In lieu of flowers, Franklin has designated four charities that he would like to support: Bethany Lutheran Church; Compass Housing Alliance; Church of Steadfast Love; and ELCA’s Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service.
We are working to arrange an electronic guestbook. In the meantime, if anyone wishes to share thoughts for such a guestbook, please feel free to leave them in the comments on this blog. Additionally, if you have any photos of Franklin that you think the family would like to have, please email them to me at marco.b.simons [at] gmail.com with the subject header “Photos of Franklin.”