Robert “Bob” Franklin departed this earth June 3, 2011. This wonderful man was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend to many who will miss him dearly. Born October 31, 1957 in Gardena CA, he is survived by his wife, Sue Anne Marie (Musick) Franklin of 35 years; three daughters, Christina Michelle Marie Torbert, Judy Louise Rodrigues and Sandra Elizabeth Franklin; one son, Robert-Berl Leroy Franklin; and 10 grandchildren from his daughters. His father, Melvin L. Franklin and sister Karen L. Franklin also survive Robert. Any and all family, friends and neighbors are welcome to join us as we bid our final farewells to Robert. The viewing will be held at Rice Mortuary on Saturday June 11, 2011 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Robert will be cremated and buried at sea at a later date.

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  1. I will always love you for your strength, determination and compassion. I have been told “you are just like your father” for as long as I can remember. I am proud to have had a father like you and I will forever walk in your footsteps. Proud. Strong. True to thy self. I love you Dad!

  2. A fond memory comes to mind when I remember my Bro in Law, Bob….. it was my 1st encounter with a flat tire. I was probably 17 at the time. I was alone at night on the 405 near L.B. Airport, with a flat tire. I was freaking out, of course, crying and hysterical because it took the operator on the call box forever to get on the line and I just knew one of those planes was gonna see my emergency flashers and think I was the runway for landing. Well I got ahold of you, Sue, and you sent Bob. He showed up to rescue me, and… (OMG) he was on crutches. He knew just what to do though…… “hug me, and get me off that freeway!”. Which reminds me of 2 facts about Bob… he always called me sweetheart, and he never told me no. No doubt, St. Peter let him through the pearly gates just on the freeway incident alone. I know I didn’t see Bob much lately, but I will surely miss him until I see him again. In the meantime, we continue to pray for peace and comfort for you and all the kids. Please let us know if we can do anything, even just lend an ear. Love you all dearly! Margie & Katie

  3. I know you couldn’t help it and you didn’t want to go But nonetheless you left us so we have to let you go Missing you will get easier with each day because even though it’s one day further from the last time I saw you it’s one day closer to the next we meet again.

  4. In the recent times, I didn’t see you much, but will always remember the forever smile on your face. Many moons ago when I was about 13 (ok, that’s many, many moons ago) you and I spent a day at a carnival and had a blast. Thanks for being the big-brother-in-law that hung in there with all us crazy Musick’s.

  5. Bob, you will be missed so much by so many people. You are one of the greatest guys I ever met. I don’t have a dad and you have always made me feel welcomed and part of the family though out the years even when Judy and I weren’t together and for that I thank you. I will never forget the day I married your beautiful daughter. I saw how happy you were and I was so happy to be married into your family and have you as a dad. Judy, Sue Anne and the rest of the family, please know that physically I can’t be with you right now, but anything I can do please just call. I’m here and love you all. I will miss you dad and will never forget you. When I see you again, I’ll bring the Diet Coke 🙂

  6. Bob, I truly enjoyed spending time with you. The time we all spent together as a family was a blast. You will be sincerely missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  7. Bob, you were a great man and will be missed dearly by all. I am proud to have been part of your extended family by your wonderful daughter and my son being married. I love how you treated Ron like one of your own. I enjoyed all the holidays and family gatherings that our families were able to celebrate as one. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sue Anne, Judy and family if you need anything we are here for you always. God Bless.

  8. Bob, Our neighbor and good friend. We have known you for so long and always enjoyed seeing and talking with you. Your a great funny guy always made me laugh. Even though we moved and I didn’t see you as much, I know Chuck loved stopping by to see you all the time to beat the LA traffic jams. He has lot’s of good memories of things you guys did together. We will always remember you Bob…Love from Chuck and Cindy Mondello

  9. Sue Anne and Family…I did not have the priveledge to know Bob as you and so many others know him. I met him years ago, but I will say he was a kind man from what I did know of him. I am truely blessed to be a part of your family. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Sue Anne, I admire your strength. Judy, you are such a beautiful woman and not only are we family you are a forever friend. I must say, 35 years of marriage and a beautiful family, he is looking down on you all and I know he is proud. All of our love, The Rodeback Family (Ray, Jamie, Taylor and Kelly)

  10. Bob was like a father to my son Nathan. They were fishing buddies. We will miss you and your good fishing stories. You were a good father and friend. Sue Ann and family my deepest sympathy for your loss. One thing about Bob, he could always make you laugh even when you didn’t feel like it. Most important he loved his family

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