age 91 of Lincolnshire, IL formerly of Farmington, MI passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park, IL. He was born May 14, 1922 in Viss, Hungary; his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Western High School, Detroit, Lawrence Tech. Engineering College, Detroit, MI. Before he was drafted into the United States Army he worked for Detroit Engineering as a draftsman for eight months working with components for the Norton Bomb Site. In 1943 Frank was drafted into the 63rd Infantry Division 255 Regiment, earning a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge in the European theater. Upon his return in 1945 he went to work for Chrysler Automotive where he was an expert in wheels and brakes. He retired from Chrysler in 1967, then promptly returned to work for Pioneer Engineering and then at White Motors.
His favorite recreation was golfing, which he enjoyed until the age of 90. He even cut his own grass and shoveled his own snow until that same age. He was a wine maker, and a wood worker who made toys and ships in bottles, and refinished old ice boxes from the 1930s. Frank was also a painter, and took classes in his 80s to learn how to use computers. He had a lovely singing voice; he sang with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Men’s Choir in the Dad’s Club. He also chaperoned in the Boy Scouts and participated in the Pinewood Derby. Frank was a true Jack of all trades.
His favorite sayings were “Every Day is a Plus” and “Have a Good Time.”
Frank leaves behind his beloved wife Rose Victoria (nee Pajtli), who he met while crashing a wedding before he went to war. He saw a woman with a pink feather in her hat, and went home where he told his parents he had met the woman he would marry. He did not want to marry her until he returned from the war; they were married on June 1, 1946 at Holy Cross Church in Detroit, Michigan and enjoyed 67 years of marriage. Loving father of Frank (Kelley) Chikos of Vernon Hills and John (Diane) Chikos of Lincolnshire, and Kathy (Bill) Carson of Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Dear brother of Elizabeth (late Ernest) Dull of Dearborn, Michigan. Fond grandfather of Timothy (Alexia) of Rockford, Robert (Aileen) of Cary, Keeley (Trevor) Hart of Deerpark, Elaina (Ben) Zorensky of Tempe, Arizona, Allison Searle of Chicago, Tracey (Ryan) Searle of Chicago, Bill Carson of San Francisco, California, Julianne Carson and MaryBeth Carson of Princeton Junction, New Jersey. He is preceded in death by his infant son Joseph Donald on June 21, 1947 and his granddaughter Kaitlyn Marie Carson on June 7, 1997.
Friends may call on Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Patrick Church, 991 South Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, from 9:00 AM until time of Mass at 10:00 AM, Fr. Laurence Dunn officiating. Private interment at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Southgate, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.com are appreciated.