In Memory

Victor Franklin

Victor Eugene Franklin • Fountain, Michigan

Victor Eugene Franklin, 72 of Fountain, passed away, Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Victor was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 3, 1950; born as Joseph Elmer Holland, son of, Harvey Richard Holland and Estelle (James) Holland. He was taken into the loving care of, Victor and Elizabeth Franklin in 1951.

He attended Siloam Springs High School except for his senior year. After attending a Christian boarding school his senior year, he moved in with his adoptive sister, Renee (Franklin) Jobe and her husband, Dwight Jobe. Dwight put Victor to work. He learned to farm. He studied for his cosmetology license and worked with some of the greatest hairdressers known to the industry. He prided himself on making clients feel beautiful. Victor was a true entrepreneur; his loving friend Dwight showed him a life in marketing and advertising.

Together, along with many dear friends and colleagues, they traveled all over with their company, Midwest Advertising. They created logos, catch phrases, ads and coupons with the goal of bringing new and repeating customers to local businesses. Their company donated to many charities along the way. In 1975 Victor traveled to Ludington to create an advertising book for local businesses.

It was there that he met his love, a local bus girl working at the same hotel he was staying. Before leaving for his next job, he asked for her hand in marriage. Together they had three children and moved to South Michigan. Victor continued to travel and work, with his family in tow, for many years. He grew an interest in antique, Mopar Performance muscle cars. This would become his hobby and a source of additional income once he started rebuilding his own cars.

Other hobbies included, car shows, road bikes, traveling with his family, shooting pool, learning about new technology, creating his own Factory Original Undercoat, cooking and strumming his guitar. He had a way of charming most anyone that he met.

He had the most kind and outgoing personality. He never stopped studying the reasons for life on earth through the Bible. Victor traveled back and forth from Swartz Creek to Ludington for many years. He settled into the Ludington area in 2006 to live close to his daughter and sons for his remaining years.

He met his partner, Karen in 2014. They had a connection right away, talking long distance for over a year. She traveled up from Arkansas and they stayed together in Fountain with their dog Bueller.

In 2020, with the help of DNA testing, an additional child found Victor and his children. He learned that she was conceived in 1972. They were able to connect virtually and share memories with one another.

Through the years, Victor was able to spread his love for God, his wise knowledge, and his kind heartedness toward all walks of life. He held a special place in his heart for each one of his children and grandchildren.

Victor is survived by his children, oldest daughter: Abbey Hauger (Diehl); oldest son: Clinton Duane Franklin; daughter: Amanda Beth Franklin; sons gained by daughters’ love: Craig M. Bailey and Lloyd A. Hauger; grandchildren: Makayla Franklin, Aubrianne Bailey, Gabriel Bailey, Dylan Hauger and Meghan Hauger; four great grandchildren; dear friend: Richie Popp; and his partner Karen. Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Elizabeth Franklin; his youngest son: Victor Dwight Franklin and many great friends that he considered family.

Those who wish to express sympathy or support; can be forwarded to: “In Memory of Victor Franklin, 211 E. Johnson Rd., Scottville, MI 49454”.