Robert Fraher

PONTIAC – Robert Fraher, 89, of Pontiac and formerly of Odell, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 2:19 p.m. at his home with his family by his side. Bob was born June 6, 1927 in rural Cullom, son of Dennis and Agnes Mahoney Fraher. He married Irene Ondek October 25, 1952 in Streator. She survives in Pontiac. Also surviving are his children: Thomas (Kathleen) Fraher of Odell; Joan (Tom) Bull of Fairbury; Nancy Fraher of Pontiac; and James (Carol) Fraher of Grayslake; a sister, Patricia Martin of Morris; seven grandchildren: Denny (Sarah) Bull, Susie Pierce, Katie Fraher, Casey (Jenna) Fraher, Kellie (Chris) Schultz, Ryan Fraher, and Rachel Fraher; and five great-grandchildren: Darrin and Zain Pierce, Cooper Fraher, Carver Schultz, and Brooks Bull. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Gene Fraher, Donald Fraher, and Ray Fraher. Bob attended Griswold Grade School and graduated from Cullom High School. He farmed all of his life. He retired from Interlake, Inc. as a general foreman and also worked for the Village of Odell. He lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia for five years, four years as a licensed private investigator. Bob served in the United States Army from December 14, 1950 to September of 1952. He was in the front line in Korea. He was a Platoon Sgt. 1st Class and received a Combat Infantry Badge. He was featured in Bill Mauldin’s book, “Up Front Korea.” He attended the Honor Flight to Washington, DC with his son-in-law, Tom Bull. Bob was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac; lifetime member of the American Legion – Odell; Knights of Columbus – Odell; Loyal Order of Moose – Bloomington; VFW – Streator; Pontiac Elks Lodge; the Farm Bureau; and IHHA  Horse Association. He enjoyed Standard Breed Horses, playing golf, reading, and watching all of his grandchildren play sports. He loved playing with his five great-grandchildren. Bob was a good father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and he will be greatly missed by all. His funeral service was at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pontiac, officiated by Father Adam Cesarek. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery, Odell. Visitation was Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Duffy-Baier – Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac. The rosary was recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at: duffyfuneralhome.com