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2018-09-12 / Obituaries

Franklin J. Calkins

Former McMillan resident, Franklin J. Calkins, 92, of Lake Geneva, WI passed away at Arbor Village in Lake Geneva Tuesday, August 28, 2018. He was born August 25, 1926 in McMillan Township, son of the late Binney and Lalah (Whalen) Calkins.

He was the devoted husband of the late Fern Lily Calkins (née Verrett) and the late Janis Calkins (née Wessling); loving father of Beth (Robert) Sobon, Diane (Dan) Verner and Michael Dever; brother of Clara Jacko, Helen Moses and Levi and Herman Calkins. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his wives, parents and son, Gerald Calkins.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was a longtime member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake Geneva, as well as a long-time volunteer at the Arbor Village and VFW post.

Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., with memorial services celebrating his life following at 11:00 a.m. Interment with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #74 and the United States Navy Honor Burial will follow at East Lakefield Township Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Beaulieu Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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