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Donald Ray Frailey, 82, of Herrick, passed away at 11:51 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021 at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Antioch Cemetery, Herrick, with the Rev. Fr. Scott Snider officiating. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Sarver-Guthrie American Legion Post #839 of Herrick and Ramsey American Legion Post #460. Memorials: St. Joseph Catholic Church or Antioch Cemetery. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.hohltandfilefh.com
Mr. Frailey was born on June 13, 1938, in Herrick, the son of Rollie Edward and Alma Eula (Pope) Frailey. He married Mary Ellen Fisher on May 5, 1959; together, they celebrated nearly 62 years of marriage.
Don was a proud veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force. After his service, he was a salesman, and eventually became a guard for Rohr Aircraft. He then later became a correctional officer for IDOC at the Vandalia Correctional Center. He was a member of the Sarver-Guthrie American Legion Post #839 in Herrick and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ramsey. Don had an avid love for the outdoors and enjoyed mushroom hunting; he was also a certified Master Gardener.
He is survived by his wife; son, William R. Frailey and wife, Mary of Noblesville, Ind.; daughters, Donna Rae Bigham of Pana, Brenda Mulle of McCall, Idaho, and Jennifer and husband Steve Lay of Ramsey; daughter-in-law, Ann Frailey of Fillmore; sisters, Lorraine Sager of Effingham, Barbara and husband William Sanders of Camilla, Ga., and Karen and husband Johnnie Warner of Ramsey; 17 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Joseph Frailey; and sisters, Beulah Bearup and Georgia Berryman.