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Paul "Wink" Franklin

November 28, 1946 — June 29, 2022


Paul “Wink” Daniel Franklin, 75, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on June 29, 2022 at his home in Casper, Wyoming.

Paul was born in Alexandria, Minnesota to Daniel and Lucille Franklin on November 28, 1946. He graduated from Elbow Lake High School, Minnesota in 1964. After earning a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Minnesota, he worked as an Engineer at the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio. He continued his career with Goodyear at the Indianapolis Speedway, inspecting race car tires, then to the Alaskan pipeline, working on tires for earthmoving equipment. In 1979 he moved to Casper, where worked and ultimately retired from Goodyear Commercial Tire Company, after forty five years of service.

Paul's nickname, “Wink” as he was known to friends and family, was derived from his roots, as the Minnesota Moose and Bullwinkle.

Wink loved to travel, and traveled throughout the world. Until his later years, he was very active and an exceptional athlete in multiple sports, throwing his final pitch after the age of 70.  He was a recipient of the Arlen Davison Award through Natrona County Master Gardener Program and a VITA Tax volunteer for many years.

Wink is survived by his wife, Carol Bowers, whom he married in 2008, her sons, Bill and Chris, his three brothers, Jim, Mark, Dave, sister Connie, all of Minnesota, and extended family including many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Pat Prunty.  

He was generous and charitable. He was particularly fond of the Humane Society and Jason’s Friends.

One of Wink's request was that all attendees wear bright colors or your favorite Hawaiian shirt for his services.

Memorial service will be held at Shepherd-the Hills Presbyterian Church, 4600 S. Poplar, Casper, on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm. After service gathering will be held at the same location, open for all to attend.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of  Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home  , 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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4600 S Poplar St, Casper, WY 82601

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