Obituaries: Franklin, Savio

John Leroy Franklin

On Wednesday October 24, 2018, John Leroy Franklin, a loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 53.

John was born on May 17, 1965 in Casper, WY to James and Mary Franklin. He received an associates degree in Construction Technology at Casper College. All of his working life he has been a dedicated general contractor. He started his own company; Franklin Construction, at the age of 21. He took a couple of breaks from his business. One break becoming the building and trades teacher for at risk teenagers.

Following his retirement he met his wife Angie then moved to Canada, they were married October 9, 2011. He continued his love of woodworking, fishing, and painting. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and mentor.

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John was survived by mother, Mary Franklin; Brothers David, Danny, and Gary; and sister Linda, wife Angie; children Jimmy, Kristen, and Kelly; grandchildren Shea, Braxton, and soon to arrive, baby Elway. As well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father James Franklin, brothers Mike and Ronny; and sister Deborah.

The family has honored John’s wishes to be cremated and later spread his ashes at Miracle Mile. A celebration of life Memorial Service will be held at Bustard’s Funeral Home Monday October 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow at Yellowstone Garage.


Father John Joseph Savio

Father John Joseph Savio, age 77, passed away on October 22, 2018 at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Casper, Wyoming. He was born on September 18, 1941, the son of Dominic and Mary (Bertolli) Savio in Crown Point, Indiana. Following studies at Holy Cross Seminary in LaCrosse, WI, he attended St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana.

He was ordained a Catholic priest on May 26, 1967 serving in the Diocese of Gary IN. Father John came to the Diocese of Cheyenne in 1980 and served many parishes, including St. Mary Cathedral in Cheyenne, Holy Name in Sheridan, St. Paul in Pine Bluffs, St. Mary Magdalen in Evanston, St. Patrick in Wheatland, Holy Rosary in Lander, Holy Spirit in Rock Springs, and St. James in Douglas. Following his retirement, Father resided at Our Lady of Fatima in Casper, continuing to assist in the providing of sacraments until the month of his death. Father John was known as a kind and generous priest and was sought out as a confessor, guide and mentor. He was an excellent homilist and had a voice that needed no electronic assistance.

Parish employees wherever he was assigned knew of his practical jokes. He was a purveyor of poor puns and had a joke to fit every and any occasion. He will be missed by his brother priests as well as all those who received his pastoral care. Father is survived by one sister, Mary Leutkemeyer of St. Louis, MO, and numerous nieces and nephews

Memorials in Father John’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Retired Clergy Society, P.O. Box 1468, Cheyenne, WY 82003-1468 or to Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 1401 CY Ave., 82604.

A Vigil consisting of Evening Prayer for the Dead will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church at 7PM on Sunday, October 28. The Mass of Christian Burial, also at Our Lady of Fatima, will be celebrated by Bishop Steven Biegler, DD, STL and the priests of the Diocese of Cheyenne at 11AM, Monday, October 29. Committal will take place at a later date in Crown Point, IN.