Warren Curtis Fraley, Jr., 95, of Litchfield, formerly of Collinsville and Troy, IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2023, at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Mr. Fraley was born in Barnett, IL, January 26, 1928, son of Warren C. and Ida B. (Friend) Fraley, Sr. Warren Jr. proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII and then continued his service in the Navy Reserves. He was called back to active duty, serving in Bainbridge, Maryland during the Korean War.
Mr. Fraley was a professional truck driver, owning his own truck for six years. Desiring to spend more time with his family, he accepted a position as dock foreman with C.W. Transport in St. Louis, MO, where he was employed for 35 years.
Mr. Fraley was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Barnett, and a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Collinsville where he served as a deacon. He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Kniery-Knagg American Legion Post #701 in Litchfield. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, hunting, golfing, and traveling. He cherished time spent with his family.
Mr. Fraley and the former Mary Louise Booher were married June 26, 1948. She preceded him in death July 5, 1998. He and the former Mildred Jeanette “Gig” (Booher) Odle were married May 30, 1999; she preceded him in death April 5, 2017.
In addition to his parents and his wives, Mr. Fraley was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Bouillon, and two sons-in-law, Michael Putnam and Don Burk.
Mr. Fraley is survived by 5 daughters; Janet (Gary) Boyce of Daytona Beach Shores, FL; Beverly (Robert) Wille of Troy, IL; Barbara Burk of St. Jacob, IL; Sue (Jeff) Hewitt of Troy, IL; Carol Fraley of O’Fallon, IL
3 step-sons, Harold (Susan) Odle of Litchfield; Jim (Lois) Odle of Litchfield; and John (Sheila) Odle of Fithian, IL.
22 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Fraley will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, August 5, 2023, at the Christian Church of Litchfield. Rev. Roy Eller, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery with military honors at graveside. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church C/O 1303 N. 18th Ave. Litchfield, IL 62056, or Honor Flight, 14055 Fern St. #1702, Arlington, VA 22202.
Plummer Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, to sign the online register book or light a virtual candle, please visit www.plummerfuneralservices.com.