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Franklin Marker, 93, of Warsaw, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. Born July 15, 1919 in Noble County, he was the son of Franklin and Renie (Hile) Marker.
He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in the late 1930s. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II building Liberty Ships and teaching artillery.
He spent most of his adult lifetime in the Tri-Lakes area, moving to Warsaw approximately 22 years ago.
For many years he worked as a maintenance supervisor for American Hoist & Derrick, Fort Wayne. He was married for 28 years to Gladys M. Marker. He was a member of Post 253 American Legion, North Webster.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Gladys M. Marker of Warsaw; eight children, Frank (Dorothy) Marker of Arkansas, Joy (Wade) King of Huntsville, TX, Susan (Alan) Borneman of Fishers, Marsha Coon of Warsaw, Steven (Carol) Heeter of Nappanee, Jack (Marge Kiggler) Heeter of Leesburg, Randy (Beverly) Marker of Albion and Ronnie Marker of Lake Jackson, TX; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Delores I. Marker; son, Karry L. Marker; three brothers, Dale, Derwood and Boyd Marker and sister, Bernice Herron.
Visitation will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
The funeral service will immediately follow calling Friday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Sharon Brockhaus, Certified Funeral Celebrant, officiating. Graveside military honors and committal service will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
Memorial gifts may be given in memory of Mr. Marker to the donorâ€™s choice of charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the online guest register book.