Joseph C. “Charlie” Frank Jr., age 84, of Scottville, Illinois died January 1, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center following a battle with Covid-19.
He was born September 1, 1936 in Midland, Michigan, the son of Joseph C. and Faye C. Myles Frank.
Charlie married Etta Crum Campbell on August 15, 1969 at Palmyra Christian Church and she preceded him in death.
He is survived by two daughters, Catherine Frank Fairfield of Scottville, and Lisa Frank Cox (Danny) of Palmyra. Also surviving are two stepsons, R. Douglas Campbell of Scottville, and Christopher Campbell (Kathy) of Palmyra along with two stepdaughter-in-laws, Brenda Campbell of Carlinville, and Shae Campbell of Palmyra. Charlie had 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, John Henry “Jack” Frank (Bonnie) of Harbor Springs, Michigan; one sister, Barbara Frank of Murrayville; and several nieces and nephews along with a great-niece, Meloni Rothe Seymour (Andy) of Plainfield, Il.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two stepsons, Gregory Campbell and Michael Van Campbell; and a daughter-in-law, Jody Campbell.
Charlie graduated from Midland High School in 1955, then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Michigan State in 1959. He later graduated from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 1989 with a Master’s degree in Business. Charlie served in the Army from 1959-1962 and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, or “K” town as he preferred to call it. Charlie and Etta were proud to have celebrated 44 years of marriage. Etta enjoyed raising her sheep as she called it her hobby that Charlie supported and helping on the farm.
Charlie chose a life of farming after spending summers as a boy on his Grandpa Frank’s farm near Shipman, Illinois. He lived in the same farmhouse near Scottville for more than 50 years. He spent a lifetime farming the land he loved as he was active on the farm until his illness. Charlie loved nothing more than driving around the countryside looking at the fields and especially enjoyed chats with his farming buddies. Charlie was also known to watch several sporting events at a time, flipping back and forth between games. Everything from hockey to golf. He loved watching Michigan State basketball especially when they played against the Illini. If he wasn’t watching sports, he might be found watching either a Western (typically one with his favorite actor, John Wayne) or a country/gospel music station.
Charlie served his community as the Scottville Township supervisor for the past 11 years and over 30 years prior as well on the Scottville Township board as the clerk. Over the years, he served on the Northwestern School Board and the Macoupin County Board from 1986-1994. He was a member of the Palmyra American Legion and a member of the Macoupin County Farm Bureau.
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and technicians who kept his family informed as Charlie passed from this life to the next. The family is appreciative of all the prayers, calls, and texts from friends and families. It was comforting to have his granddaughter, Gretchen Campbell, and great-granddaughter, Ashley Campbell, and nurses at Memorial during his battle with Covid-19.
Private services will be held with burial in Panther Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northwestern Education Foundation or the Palmyra Christian Church both c/o Stults-Neece Chapel, 349 Tanner, Waverly, Il. 62692. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com. Stults-Neece Chapel in Palmyra, Il. is in charge of arrangements.