Charles Ellsworth “Chuck” Franklin, 78, of Warren, PA, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born March 28, 1937 in Warren, PA, a son to the late Willard and Louise Knopf Franklin. After graduating in 1956 from Warren Area High School, he served the next 4 years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Detector, MSO-429. Upon returning to Warren he went to work at the Warren State Hospital in the maintenance Department, retiring as a paint foreman after 28 years.

Chuck loved working in his work shop making stools, tables and anything he could do with his hands. He was very knowledgeable in everything from building a house; repairing, plumbing, electrically and painting. He took pride in everything he did and nothing was too much for him to do. Chuck loved to hunt in his earlier years and was an avid golfer up until his illness. He loved traveling in his RV over the years with his family and granddaughter.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Marlene Manning Franklin, a granddaughter, Samantha Franklin of Cary, NC, who was also the love of his life, a brother, Freeman (Jackie) Franklin and a sister, Gloria Hancock, of Warren, PA, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Scott C. Franklin in 1998, a daughter, Sherri Franklin Crissman in 2002, and a sister, Joanne Wiltsie.

Per the family’s request, there will be no visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, with Pastor Allan Jones of the Cable Hollow Church in Russell, PA, officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family would like to send a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and receptionists at the Warren Cancer Care Center for their love, smiles and support during our journey. Also, they would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Williams and the staff of Hospice of Warren County for their great support and help during this difficult time. Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA 16365 or to the Warren General Hospital Cancer Care Center, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting