Frank J. Herdzina

December 28, 1935 - April 13, 2018

Frank  J.  Herdzina


Poplar Grove, IL

Frank J. Herdzina Jr., 82, of Poplar Grove Il died peacefully Friday, April 13, 2018 in Maple Crest Care Center. Frank was born December 28, 1935 in Chicago, IL the son of Frank J. and Bernice (Tadel) Herdzina. He married the love of his life Delores A. Paquin on June 15, 1957 in Hermansville, MI. Frank was an engineer and retired from Service Tool International. Frank was a member of the EAA chapter in Poplar Grove, advisor of the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He made his spiritual home in St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere, IL.

He is loved and will be missed by his children, Steven (Teri) Herdzina, Joseph Herdzina, Frank T. (Susan) Herdzina, Lori (John) Satterlee; grandchildren Jason (Courtney) Herdzina, Aaron (Jen) Herdzina, Bethany (Elliott) Wickenden, Allison Herdzina, Britney Satterlee, Ashley Satterlee; great-grandson Hendrix Herdzina; siblings Delores Fuka, Virginia Gulibrzuch, John Herdzina as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents and siblings James, Bernice and Julia.

Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, IL with Rev. William Schuessler celebrating, burial in Belvidere Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum To share a memory or light a candle please visit

Service Schedule

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
10:30 am

Saint James Catholic Church


Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, IL with Rev. William Schuessler celebrating

Belvidere Cemetery

Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.

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Frank my dear friend I will miss you. You have been a great neighbor and friend for so many years. You and Delores are in my thoughts and prayers.

joanne forys 2018-04-21T17:53:21

Although I met Frank over a decade ago, I’ve only gotten to know him recently. Amazed at his generosity in helping others, individually and groups, strangers and friends with no concern for payback. Recently as part of “The JennyTeam,” I really came to know and appreciate Frank for his wonderful unmatched sense of humor, brilliant insight and sometimes challenging suggestions. It’s just not the same without Frank and we’ll miss him.

Bob O’Quinn 2018-04-17T18:26:51

I am very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. I was a Tool & Die Maker at Service Tool and worked with Frank for many years. He knew the business but was always fair and friendly. I will always remember him fondly. I send my sincere condolences to Frank’s family and friends. Larry Brockie

Larry Brockie 2018-04-16T18:09:33

Frank and I worked together at Service Tool International. Frank and I had an excellent relationship .!
He was a bright engineer ,respected, and was ONE of the loyal and HONEST people at Service Tool Int.
Frank helped put them on the map world wide. He was a good friend of mine as his son Steve knows.
God Bless Frank,!!

Joe Baran

JoeBaran 2018-04-16T13:20:42

Frank lit up the room at our EAA dinners. It was always a pleasure to greet him. He was such a generous person and a great example to us. We are going to miss him!!

Ron and Ann Galster 2018-04-16T07:18:52

So sorry for the loss of Frank going to miss his smile and sense of humor. Rest in peace.

Bobbi clark 2018-04-16T06:55:37

Our most sincere condolences for the loss of our close and admired Frank. He was a “SPECIAL” friend. Our prayers are with you.

Lon Danek family 2018-04-15T22:23:15

Condolences to the Herdzina family on the loss of Frank. Hugs and prayers.

Donna Bikus and family 2018-04-15T18:50:00

Dear Bethany, Elliott and family, Thinking of you with thoughts and prayers. Had enjoyed visiting with your grandpa at your wedding.
Sending our love.

Grandma and Grandpa Zeigle 2018-04-15T14:30:09

My sincerest condolences to Frank’s family and friends..
I remember Frank from the times I visited the Poplar Grove EAA chapter workshop, and greatly admired his skill at building the wings for the Jenny project, and his mastery with working wood.. I am especially grateful to Frank as he freely shared of his knowledge.. I will miss Frank’s presence.. I wish Frank peace in his new abode..

Tony Parakka 2018-04-15T14:09:58

I remember Frank, Delores, and Kids’ visits to Hermansville. It was always a special time! God Bless Frank as he goes to be with Delores. I wish all of you Peace in that knowledge. ❤️

Barb (Caliaro) Dmoch 2018-04-15T11:16:47

Frank was a tremendous man, just as Delores was a great women. He was one of smartest people i ever met. He could do anything. Very humble, there will never be a man like Frank again. It my honor to have known him. The last time we talked was a few months ago, i asked him for some advice, and now I will follow his advice. God Bless your soul Frank. Go home to to be with Delores. I will never forget you. Thank you

Mark Roden 2018-04-14T20:34:27

You will be sorely missed. I hope and pray for those you left behind will follow after your generous soul, good work ethic, and kind heart. Thank you Frank for all you did for me my family and the folks at our chapter.

Sam 2018-04-14T19:43:57

Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank’s family and friends. Frank was a wonderful man, a fixture at our airport and neighborhood. He was always at the center of functions and loved to be involved. I have always said, “Frank has more energy than me in my fifties.” He will be greatly missed.

Sandy Hare 2018-04-14T18:26:12

Frank always took the time to explain how things work, to show kindness and to make people laugh. Surely, he is crafting something for his Maker at this very moment.

Jodi Matthews 2018-04-14T15:34:30

So sorry for your loss. I have only known Frank since I purchased his MB6 hangar in 2014 but recognized his passion for aviation and wonderful generosity. The aviation community will miss him.

Steve Osseck 2018-04-14T15:22:20

To Frank’s family..we are so sorry for your loss.. Frank was a wonderful person.We knew him through our EAA Chapter 153, before he moved to Popular Grove. We have known him for many years. We parked in his backyard for our Chapter Picnic at Erikson’s next door. We had a wonderful visit with Frank that afternoon. He will be missed by many.

Cissy and Dave Rawlings 2018-04-14T13:58:07


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