Jose G. Franco, Jr. “Jo-Joe” 43, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at his home in Greenwood, Indiana.
Born on November 29, 1977 in Honolulu, Hawaii he was the son of Joe and Carolyn (Long) Franco. He attended Plymouth High School graduating with the class of 1997.
Joe was a waiter for 18 years with the Hard Rock Café in Indianapolis and most recently O’Reilly’s Irish Restaurant. He enjoyed watching movies, basketball, the Indianapolis Colts, camping, spending time with his cat Lily and a rainy day. His friends from the Plymouth area were special to him and he made sure that he always stayed in touch with him.
He is survived by his father Jose Franco Sr. of Plymouth; sister Paige (Marc) Bollinger of Dallas, TX; brothers: Darren (Angie) Stevens and Shannon (Shanda) Stevens of Plymouth; as well as several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his mother Carolyn and his grandparents Orla and Louise Long.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday April 3, 2021 from 11-1 pm at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, 11165 13th Rd. Plymouth, IN 46563.
PLEASE NOTE: For your protection, the entire funeral home staff will wear masks. It is mandated that family members and their guests do so as well.
Carol Finkbiner says
Joe we’re so sorry to learn about Jo-Joe. May he rest in eternal peace. Both Ken and I are keeping you and all of the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Suzy Olivares says
To my childhood friend Jojo ..
I hope you are at peace now.
Pam Chizum says
So sorry for your loss Joe. Prayers to the family.
Linda Holderread Pearl says
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Sharon Selner says
Joe and family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. Our prayers and extended condolences.
Clint Nelson says
To Jo-Joe’s family and friends, I am so sorry and sad to to hear of his passing. There has never been a nicer, more kind person to walk the earth. I didn’t see him often but our paths always seemed to cross and I was always so glad when they did. What a good dude! I will miss him for sure. God’s speed Jo-Joe Franco!
Shandi Manuwal says
So sorry for your loss.
Marjorie Dickson says
Joe I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this time and praying for you and your family.
Adriane Swopes Pounders says
He was such a sweet spirit. Always kind, such a big heart. I’ve thought of him several times over the years, only hoping that he found his way. Many prayers to the family and friends of sweet
Robyn Hammonds says
Joe, I am sorry to see the passing of your son. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Courtney Frantz says
I had the pleasure of working with Joe throughout my 10 years of service with Hard Rock. He was a true friend to many and a great guy.
"Ginger" Debra Moore says
My dear friend, I have so many wonderful memories of you I’ve lost count.
Concerts and friends; your Hard Rock family and our shenanigans. You were like a light in the window on a rainy day.
My deepest condolences to your loved ones.
Thank you for being a part of our lives, Joe. You’ll be sadly missed.
Charly Spoor says
So sorry for your loss
Staci Wade says
Joe a beautiful soul, a friend to everyone. Such a class act. You were such a good friend and for that I am truly grateful! Rest Easy Friend until I see you again.
Gina Wiscons says
You will be forever missed, JoJo. I have so many wonderful memories of you! RIP ❤️
Daniel Weeks says
To my long lost brother. I considered you and your family, my family and miss you all dearly. I can only apologize for losing touch over these years and wish I could go back to the good ole days. We never know what this world can bring and take away, I’m grateful it brought you into my life and wish you nothing but peace my friend.
Karen and Hal Bowman says
We were so sorry to hear about Jo-Joe’s passing! We have some real fond and humorous memories of all of the friends circle coming to our home during his high school years! Never will forget his beautiful smile and great sense of humor! Wishing you and your family healing! Rest In Peace Jo-Joe.
Judy Gaines says
Joe n family. I’m so very sorry. Prayers for peace n comfort at this most difficult time Judy Gaines 🙏🙏
Connie Kleckner says
I did not know JoJoe but his mother and grandparent were neighbors growing up. Condolences to the family.
Connie McKesson says
So sorry for your loss. Oh my, he was the greatest- just the sweetest, kindest heart. My heart breaks for him and all of the souls he touched. Thoughts and prayers to family especially.
Alicia R says
Was very sorry to learn this news. Joe was sweet and kind to me when I worked with him at HardRock; my deepest condolences and warm thoughts are with his family and friends.
Jennifer Taylor says
I knew Joe from working together at HRC Indianapolis. He was always the sweetest guy. I am so sorry for the loss to his family and friends. I am sending love and strength to you all. My sincerest condolences.
John Scott says
Jo-Joe was a member of one of my 5th grade classes when he was a student at Jefferson School. He was always such a kind person and was one that wanted to please others. I am very sure he kept those traits as an adult. I know he will be missed greatly by his family and friends. Rest in Peace.
Karen (Camper) Burger says
JoJoe was so much more than the obituary. He was kind, loving, caring, gave great hugs and had a smile you wouldn’t forget. Brendt, Joe and Jeremy were friends for over 30 years and were like brothers. I was privileged to be called mom by all of them. My heart aches for his passing and all that knew him will truly miss him.💔
Graham T Ousley says
When I moved to Indianapolis I knew nothing and no one. Joe Franco was the 1st friend I made. He was kind and to cool for words and I cannot express what his friendship meant to me. His was a truly good and bright presence in a dark world.
Gina Wiscons says
My heart is with this family! Jojo was one of a kind! God bless.
Kris Smith says
Mr. Franco I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was one of the first friends I was fortunate enough to find in ptown. I remember the the all night skates and late night Nintendo sleep overs. Your family has always been so kind and caring to me. My deepest condolences.
Will Shemberger says
Your laugh, that smile, and your way. These are the memories we always have of you. Love you Jo rest in peace brother