Frank Dutko, 88, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Madison, Ill., born in 1933, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 19, 2016.
Frank and his wife Sara moved to Phoenix in 1996 to be with children and grandchildren. Frank Dutko joined the Madison Police Department in 1950 and was promoted through the ranks to Chief of Police in 1970 to 1977. He was the first officer in the quad city area to have a police dog (Sir Kelly) which pressed into service for six years. Frank ran the first radar unit, and helped to develop a gun range in the basement of the police dept. He was the first chief in Madison to set up a one man patrol system and through government grants purchased numerous new equipment for the department and set up various reporting systems. He established the first detective division. Upon retirement from the police force, Frank served on City council as an elected Alderman. In 1980, worked as an investigator in the state attorney's office when appointed to Madison County Board. He served 12 years on the county board, on five different committees. While serving as a board member, he also worked as a security guard for Granite City Steel and retired in 1996. Following his move to Arizona, Frank kept in regular contact with the activity in the City and County of Madison through friends and various organizations. He was a member of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association (which Frank was a founding member), Illinois Police Association, Madison County Police Association, Illinois Police Benevolent and Madison Amvet Post 204 Club (since 1952).
Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Sara, together they raised six children.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Frank Dutko; daughter, Robin Newman; parents, Anna and Michael Dutko; and siblings, Kelly Dutko, John Dutko, Mike Dutko and Howard Dutko.
Surviving are his four children, Cindy (Steve) Altman, Kelly (Bob) Pinnell, Becky Dutko and adopted Cindy (Dave) Baczewski; a son-in-law, Tom Newman; seven grandchildren, Kelly Horobec, Ryan (Taylor) Pinnell, Jamie (Drew) Kabo, Hayley Newman, Drew (Kasey) Pinnell, Emily Baczewski and Alex Altman; three great-grandchildren, Zoe Pinnell, Rylee Kabo and Dylan Pinnell; sisters, Mary Perdue and Annie Podner; and sister-in-law, Norma Kinder.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to
, 16117 N. 76th Street, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85260. For condolences visit hansenmortuary.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Ariz.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the funeral chapel. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek, Phoenix, Ariz.
HANSEN CHAPEL, Phoenix, Ariz.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 22, 2016