Franklin D.R. Adkins

  • Born: January 30, 1935
  • Died: February 24, 2013
  • Location: Vermilion, Ohio

Riddle Funeral Home

5345 South St
Vermilion, OH 44089
Tel. (440) 967-3212

Tribute & Message From The Family

Franklin D.R. Adkins, 78, of Vermilion, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013 at MetroHealth Medical Center.

He was born January 30, 1935 in Katherine, WV, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 56 years moving from West Virginia.

Franklin worked for U.S. Steel Plant as a crane operator for 35 years retiring in 1988.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. He also volunteered at the Vermilion Food Pantry.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dolores (nee Ferry) Adkins of Vermilion; sons, Jim (Bonnie) Adkins of Graytown, OH, Thomas D. (Brenda) Adkins of Vermilion, special son John Edwards Adkins of Vermilion, Mark R. Adkins of Los Angeles, CA, and David P. (Vickie) Adkins of Vermilion; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; half sister, Betty Lou Mackey; many family and friends in West Virginia and Northern Ohio; Brother-in-law, William (Dee) Ferry of North Carolina; extended family Diane Gilmore (Hoag) Langham of Vermilion; close friend Earl Moore; many close friends in the Nelsonville area; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Clara (nee Jones) Adkins and brother, Ralph Douglas Adkins.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Vermilion Food Pantry, 990 State Street P.O. Box 228, Vermilion, OH 44089 .

Online condolences may be made at

Condolence & Memory Journal

May the wonderful memories of him sustain you until God's promises are fulfilled. John 6:40

Posted by A friend   March 04, 2014

Our condolences to the family. I lost a very good friend, he will be missed dearly. Sincerely Pedro Stowers

Posted by stowers - vermilion, UT - friend   March 07, 2013

He's the kind of guy that I wish I would have gotten to know a long time much to learn from him.

Posted by Tom Harder - Oak Harbor, OH - friend   March 05, 2013

Grandpa you were one of a kind a very special man there will never be anyone like you! You hold a special place in my heart and I will miss you so very much. Ill always remember our last visit when I had to argue with you about driving when you weren't supposed to you've always been a stubborn man! The last thing you said to me with a big hug and kiss was I love you laura jean I mean it I love you a lot and don't you ever forget it. I will never forget it and grandpa I love you a lot I mean it and don't you ever forget it!!! Love
Laura jean

Posted by Laura Adkins - Wakeman, OH   March 02, 2013


I will remember Frank for his huge smile he always seemed to have. I will also remember going with him and my dad on their hunting trips to Nelsonville, him giving my dad his homemade wine. Dad got so sick. The stories he and my dad could tell. Fun times.

Posted by Cindy Casper - friend   March 02, 2013

You have always been a great neighbor and friend. We will miss you. g.cicco

Posted by A friend   March 01, 2013

My deepest sympathies to the Adkins family. Frank was a good friend especially when a friend was needed. He had a generous heart and was such a story teller. What a loss for this world.

Posted by Betti Jo Harmon - Vermilon, OH - friend   March 01, 2013

The song Love Remains is dedicated to Mom & Boys with love xoxoxo

Posted by Tanya Thomas    February 28, 2013

Posted by Tanya Thomas - Wakeman, OH - Grandaughter   February 28, 2013

I'm so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Judy Nagy - Sandusky, OH - Childhood friends   February 28, 2013

To Jim and have our deepest sympathy. I know Frank will be missed by everyone. Everyone who knew Frank I'm sure has a great memory and a story to share. Orris and Annette

Posted by Orris and Annette Wilburn - rocky ridge, OH - friend   February 28, 2013

Prayers are going out to your family, Dad was reminiscing about their hunting trips and all the good times they had! Frank will be truly missed! He was a great man! He was loved by many!

Posted by Stowers family - vermilion, OH - friend   February 27, 2013

There are no words to express my sorrow and grief at your loss. My thoughts prayer's and love will be with you alway's.

Posted by Angel S. - Avon Lake, OH   February 27, 2013

Adkins clan,
He was a good man. Remembering the old timers the way they were in their prime.

Posted by Russ Maurer - Vermilion, OH - friend   February 27, 2013

My thought and prayers go out to all The Adkin Family. May God bless you all.

Posted by Danny Adam - Vermilion, OH   February 27, 2013

Dear Delores and family,
Thinking of all of you at this time and sending thoughts of sympathy. May all your special memories bring a smile to your face soon. We were blessed to have met Frank and shared such fun times.

Posted by Ted and Lynn Call - Vermilion, OH - friend   February 27, 2013

Jim, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Maryanne and I are both praying for you and your family.

Posted by Carl and Maryanne Koebel - Port Clinton, OH - Friend   February 27, 2013


Jim and Bonnie,
We would like to offer our condolensces in the loss of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your friends,

Jim and Molly Sass

Posted by Jim and Molly Sass - co worker   February 27, 2013

Delores and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We all have wonderful,fun, and loving memories of Frank. We all learned from him that a little humor always helped any situation.
We will miss him.
Jim and Shirley Elliott and Family
Ken and Peggy Watkins and Family

Posted by Watkins/Elliott family - Vermilion, OH - friend   February 27, 2013

Dolores, so sorry to hear of Frank's passing, may God bless you and your family
Chuck and Sylvia Hugo

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2013



Posted by Lynnette Gilles - Amherst, OH   February 26, 2013

Jim, I am very sorry to hear about your dad passing. I know how much you loved having
the great times with him in the woods.

I am glad I had the chance to get to know
him. He sure was a cool guy. He also made some great white-lightning.

I know you will miss your DAD/FRIEND alot!

Take care my friend, BRUCE_______

Posted by Bruce Schermbeck - Marblehead, OH - Jim's friend   February 26, 2013

Dear Delores & Family. Heartfelt love & sympathy being sent to all for your dear one's homecoming.

Posted by Gloria Greely - Vermilion, OH - Friend   February 26, 2013

Dear Frank, may you rest in peace. I am so glad I had the chance to talk to you recently. You will be missed by all.
My sincere condolences to your wonderful family.
Donna J.

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2013

I will sure miss you Grandpa Adkins! I am glad I got to spend this past Christmas with you and the Adkins family. You are a special man I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family especially Grandma Adkins and Uncle Johnny... May you rest in peace.

Posted by Karin Weese - Vermilion, OH   February 26, 2013

Dearest Family of Loved Franlkon Adkins, I am truly sorry for thur loss, I am sure he will be sorely issed. Please be assured the Healenly Father cares and comforts us in our mose saddened time of need Psalm 46:1 ef of ohio

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2013


Frank was a true FRIEND of mine. He made you Laugh and it was a Joy to be with him,in either working at the food pantry or us getting together and going out for dinner or lunch. He was a big part of our little group, and we always had fun together. I will truly MISS HIM !!!

Posted by George Spreng - Friend   February 26, 2013

Our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Posted by The Staff of Riddle Funeral Home - Vermilion, OH   February 26, 2013