Frank Cernich

FARMINGTON - Frank Cernich, 84, of Farmington passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013, at 9:27 a.m. at Graham Hospital emergency room in Canton.

He was born on May 6, 1929, in rural Farmington to Zonko and Helen (Radosevich) Cernich. Frank married Betty Simpson on Nov. 4, 1951, in Canton. She survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Anne (Chuck) Widener of Lewistown, Helen "Babe" (Paul) Untz of Elmwood and Audrey (Aaron) Reed of Farmington; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandchild and two brothers.

He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, during which time he received a Bronze Star.

Frank started working at the Farmington Locker Plant in 1947; he took over ownership in 1965. He then "retired" in 1991, although he was still cutting meat there at 80 years old.

He was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Farmington, Farmington American Legion Post 140 and a lifetime member of VFW Post 1984 in Canton, the NRA and Ducks Unlimited.

Frank was also part of the undefeated 1946 Farmington High School football team that was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and trap shooting.

Services will be on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Father Paul Stiene will be officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will take place in Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Farmington Rescue 1100.

To view Frank's memorial DVD or to submit online condolences, you may go to

Funeral Home

Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home
341 East Fort Street Farmington, IL 61531
(309) 245-2452

Published in Peoria Journal Star on May 26, 2013