Franklin Monroe, 83

Franklin Junior Monroe, 83, Wabash, died at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. He was born July 10, 1930 in Harlan, Ky. to Frank and Virginia (Kirk) Monroe.

Frank married Regina B. Griffith in Wabash, on Sept. 8, 1956.  He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War, and was a P.O.W. for 27 months. He retired from Celotex in 1971, and also owned Indiana Billiards, and Monroe's Cafe, both of Wabash.  Frank was a member of the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church.  He enjoyed his church work and grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife, Regina B. Monroe, Wabash;  five children, Michael R. (Lisa) Monroe and David W. Monroe, both of Wabash, Thomas G. Monroe, Mesa, Ariz., Dorothy M. Monroe and Sierra M. Monroe, both of Wabash; five grandchildren, Regina Cooper and Jeremy (Bridie) Monroe, both of Wabash, Christopher (Heidi) Webb, Fort Wayne, Jamie Monroe, Denver, Colo., and Erica Garcia, Phoenix, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren, Brayden Cooper and Devin Cooper, both of Marion, Adelaide and Beckett Monroe, both of Wabash; brother, Albert (Margie) Monroe, Greenville, S.C., and sister, Georgia Crum, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Tom, Carl, Roy, and Ulysses Monroe; and five sisters, Ressie Edmonds, Hazel Lanham, Ruth Williams, Willie McDaniel, and Dorothy Monroe.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Wabash Freewill Baptist Church, 1056 E. Erie Street, Wabash with Rev. Hobert Meek officiating.  Entombment will be in the Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Freewill Baptist Church Youth League.

The memorial guest book for Franklin may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Mar 06