Charles F. Fries

Jan. 15, 1929 - June 2, 2019

Charles Franklin Fries, 90, Prentice, died in the Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home in Phillips on Sunday, June 2, 2019, while under the care of Flambeau Home Health and Hospice. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Jan. 15, 1929, the first born son of Harry and Geneva (Gadbaw) Fries. He was a member of the ROTC throughout high school, and joined the Army at the age of 17, serving in Korea as an MP. At the age of 18 he married Margaret Hopkins, the love of his life, on Dec. 16, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. Following his time in the Army he served as a Chicago police officer, a job that he loved for 34 years. He was a detective for 25 of those 34 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Illinois Police Association, and a life member of the American Legion. He and Margaret purchased property in the Prentice area in 1971, vacationed with their family on the property for many years, and in 1983 made Prentice their permanent home.

He is survived by eight children: Charlene (Richard) Kobel of Prentice, Deborah (Richard) Miotto of Warsaw, Indiana, Denise (Paul) Bock of Summit, Illinois, Cheryl (Anthony) Schoeffel of Crown Point, Indiana, Lynda Haniacek of Portage, Indiana, Lois (Randy) Lundquist of Lombard, Illinois, Charles (Bonnie) of Summit, Illinois, and Nancy Fries of Prentice; by 13 grandchildren, and by many wonderful great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prentice with Father Gerald Hagen celebrating the funeral Mass. Interment will be in the Chapel Hill Garden South in Chicago, Illinois. Friends may call at the church of Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

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The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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