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Francis J. Melchert

Published August 30,2016

Obituary's Biography:

Francis “Frank” J. Melchert, 53, a resident of Ingleside, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.  He was born September 13, 1962 in Evanston, IL to Francis and Olga “Augie” Melchert.  Frank was a 33 year member of the 217th Air National Guard and had most recently worked for Lambs Farm for the past 15 to 20 years.  He was an avid volleyball player.  Frank is survived by his wife, Debi, his mother Olga “Augie” Melchert, his children Nichole (Ernie) Matijevic, Gabrielle Melchert, Joe (Taylor) Wydra, Tyler (Katie) Wydra, Alex Wydra, Kiara Melchert, and Frankie Melchert, and his siblings Susan (Kess) Melchert, Leslie Conforti-Ramyk, and James (Maria) Melchert.  He was preceded in death by his father.  A visitation and funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with the service commencing at 8:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

10 replies on “Francis J. Melchert”

  1. So sorry for your loss. Frank always made me laugh. He enjoyed life. He will be missed. I have many fond memories of Frank from Maine West Marching Band.

  2. To the family of Frank Melchert, please accept my heartfelt condolences for
    the loss of your loved one.
    I’ve only known Frank a few years since he joined the Early Birds Golf League.
    He was always fun to be around and I enjoyed playing with him as did all of the guys
    in the league.
    May God bring strength to the family to overcome your sorrow, and carry Frank
    in your hearts and minds forever..
    I’ll be unable to attend the services Saturday but will offer prayers for Frank..

  3. Frank will be greatly missed by all the men and women of the 217th EIS that proudly served with him during his 33 year career. I was fortunate enough to have worked with him from TSgt thru CMSgt. One of my fondest memories is when he was deployed overseas and a Commander wrote me and said Frank was the perfect guy to send over here at the right time, he got stuff done! Frank was never afraid to stand up and speak his mind. He was a great representative of the 217th and the Illinois Air National Guard. I am proud to have known him and served with him.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Debi and all of their family.

  4. Had the opportunity to know Frank since he started at Lambs. He was a great guy who never mixed words and always held true to what he believed. At the same time he had this soft spot for people in need. If you were in agreement with Frank you were his best friend. If you disagreed, he’d make sure you understood why you were wrong. Ha! In the end he will be sorely missed, and I will always remember his moments of kindness with the residents of Lambs Farm. He was more than just a tough guy who held the line. He was also thoughtful and sincere. He was good man.

  5. Debi, Kiara and Family. Mya and I are so deeply saddened by the loss of such a vibrant and far too young man, husband, father and friend. We are very sad that we are unable to make the visitation, but want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers every day. Frank was taken far too soon, but he left behind such a beautiful legacy with you and your children. We are here for you if you need anything at all.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Frank was a great person and a fun guy. He will be missed.

  7. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. Frank is at the center of just about every marching band memory we had. We all went to dances together and piled in his parent’s orange van. He took pleasure in going over a set of railroad tracks on a hill at a speed just enough to try to get the people in the back to hit the top of their head on the roof of the van. It worked . He loved his cars as well. We will always remember his Matador snd I think he also had a Camaro? .
    He loved to be the life of the party. We all took ski trips, and had Friday night pizza night after football games. He loved to pull pranks on people too. Got away with it with his smile almost every time.

    We all each have special memories with Frank as I’m sure everyone does who grieves him now. I will always appreciate his service to his country, and his kindness to many. I saw first hand his work at Lambs Farm one time and how sweet he was to the residents.

    I’m so extremely sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for all of you that he left too soon. My sincere condolences to his wife, children, mother, brother and family, sisters and family, and other relatives, and all of his friends.

    I hope your many memories will comfort you in the years ahead.

  8. Frank was a great guy lots of good memories on and off the volleyball court. Condolences to Frank’s friends and family.

  9. R.I.P. Frank We will miss you always, I am just glad I am lucky enough to have met you. I Met him playing against him circa 2007 in Round Lake Beach on Wed in the Coed Competitive 6’s Volleyball league. There was always great games playing against him win or lose.
    Over the years he subbed for some my teams and vice versa like at Waukegan on Tues when they use to have a Men’s Competitive 6’s Volleyball league. He played outside hitter for me and vice versa. He sure was a soldier coming back from injury, surgery, and therapy to play this summer for the first time in a while. I am just glad he got to go out the way he wanted too. In the game and having a great time. We will miss you, my deepest sympathies go out to his family

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