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Mr. James H. "Chief" Frakes

May 25, 1930 ~ September 23, 2018 (age 88)

Mr. James H. “Chief” Frakes, 88, of Galesburg, Illinois died 9:03 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living Center in Galesburg. 

He was born May 25, 1930 in Galesburg, to Edgar H “Harry” and Mildred M. Patterson Frakes.  He married Cleo C. Campbell March 16, 1952 in Galesburg.  She preceded him in death January 12, 1990.

Surviving is his son, Douglas J. (and Karen) Frakes of Dahinda, Illinois, his daughter, Pamela (and Christopher “Kit”) Wilcox of Galesburg, his sister, Mary A. (and Rich) Kramer of Rockford, Illinois, seven grandchildren, Camille (and Jeremy) Howard, C.C. (and Rita) Wilcox, James (and Missy) Frakes, Michelle (and Jade) Hamer, Ryan (and Stacey Browder) Frakes, Aaron (and Kala Spry) Addis and Ashley Addis, eleven great grandchildren and a special friend and companion, Joan Seibert.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bill Frakes. 

Jim was a Galesburg City police officer for 27 years and served as Chief of Police for 19 years from 1970 to 1989.  He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1948.  He was an all-around athlete at G.H.S. playing baseball, basketball, football and track.  He was the Athlete of the Year in 1948 and was inducted into the G.H.S. Hall of Fame in 2004.  He attended University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.  He then served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.  He was a Corporal, in the Third Division Artillery serving in Japan and Korea.  He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1969 and received his associate degree from Carl Sandburg College in 1973.  Jim attended The Oaks Community Church, Dahinda and First United Methodist Church in Galesburg.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. 

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel.  Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel.  Rev. Marty Briney will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Garden, Galesburg with military rites conducted by the VFW/American Legion and AMVETS honor guard.  Memorials may be made to The Oaks Community Church, Dahinda, First United Methodist Church, Galesburg or VFW/American Legion and AM Vets honor guard.  Online condolences may be made at

Donations may be made to:

The Oaks Community Church
1868 Congregation Rd., Dahinda IL 61428

First United Methodist Church

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