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Franklin Henry Browning

May 8, 1928 — December 31, 2021

Akron, Ohio

Franklin Henry Browning

Franklin Henry Browning, Jr. born May 8, 1928, in Akron, Ohio and received by God December 31, 2021.

Son of Francis H. Browning and Mary Sarah (Brady) Browning from St. Mary’s & St. Francis (Chicago) Kentucky. Deceased sisters: Gladys Pauline (Robert) Billips, Mary Louise (Johnny) Churchill, and Dorothy Loneita (Robert) Humston. Husband to Olaf Jeanne (Clark) Browning for 71 years. Father of Deborah J. (Martin) Miller and Linda D. (Emery) Pitman. Grandfather of Zachary B. (Diana) Miller, Adam F. Miller, and Megan E. Pitman. Great-grandfather of Alexander P. Miller.
Dad resided practically all of his life in Coventry Township on the same piece of property, previously owned by his parents. He worked for Goodyear Aerospace 42 years, primarily in the Airdock, retiring at age 58.

Growing up in the Depression, His family experienced loss of a home, jobs, and hunger. As a result, he was careful with his money and possessions, taking care of what he had and never taking anything for granted. He was self-sufficient as he could be, doing landscaping, gardening, and home, car and machinery repairs, even digging out and building a basement home by hand. Using a horse to help move the soil. He later built the rest of their home as finances allowed. He left home decorating and landscape design up to Mom. They were a team and together provided a safe, loving and beautiful home in which wonderful memories abound.

Dad was always dependable, patient, honest, even-tempered, good natured, intelligent, loving, dedicated to his wife and family, and very selfless; earning him the nickname “Saint Brownie”. He never burdened us with work problems. His time at home was for us. Dad enjoyed traveling abroad and, in the U.S., especially trips to the Florida Keys in their motorhome with Mom, as well as fishing and golfing with friends, and telling jokes.

Dad taught ethics primarily by example. He was always open to hugs and talks in the comfort of his lap. There was never any doubt of his unending love. He will always remain in our hearts. A private service was held with interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio by Pastor Jeff Gindlesberger.

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