Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Jerome Franklin

Passed away on January 12, 2020

Jerome Franklin (70) of Rockford passed away January 12, 2020. He was born on November 24, 1949 to James and Verneice Franklin in Kirkwood Missouri. He married the love of his life, Kathie, in May of 1989. Jerome enjoyed many things in life, including his family, his work, his motorcycles, and fishing. He worked for many years at Gleason Cutting Tools and loved the friends and relationships he made while working there. Jerome was a man who loved life; he held a charisma and radiance that would draw people to him. He was an avid fisherman and “fisher-of-men” making friends wherever he would go. He was the type of man who enjoyed cooking, and would often sing while he would clean. He is survived by his wife, Kathie Franklin and his children, Chance Franklin, Abygail (Anthony) Franklin-Rolling, Randall Isgrigg, Jennifer Isgrigg, Joan (David) McGinnis, Jessica (Kevin) Good, Janel (Lee) Vaughn, and Jerome Franklin Jr. He is also survived by his 3 brothers, 4 sisters, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. He is predeceased by his parents, and his son; Jeremiah Franklin. A funeral service for Jerome is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, at 10AM at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Machesney Park IL 61115. A visitation will be held at 9AM until the time of service, with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Thursday, January 16, 2020


Jerome Franklin

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Bishop Otis Eanes

January 15, 2020

Bishop Otis Eanes and the Illinois Southeast Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ offers sincere condolences to the family and friends of Brother Jerome Franklin. We are praying for you in your hour of bereavement.

Anita Jackson

January 15, 2020

I love my big brother! He will be terribly missed. I remember him singing on Sunday morning helping us (younger siblings) while ironing our clothes and cooking oatmeal as we were getting dressed for Sunday School.

There are so many great memories. Thank you Kathy, Chance and Aby for caring from him. Kathy he loved you so! May God continue to uphold the family during this time.

Larry and Nancy Margis

January 14, 2020

Kathie and Family,
We were so sad to hear about Jerome and very sorry that we are not home to be there for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Larry and Nancy

Bobbie Kelly

January 14, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Jerome's passing. I know he was the love of your life and light of your world. He fought a long, hard battle with such a great spirit. Praying for you and your family as you walk through these difficult times. Bobbie