Frank E. Derickson

A funeral will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 for 93-year-old Frank E. Derickson of Chester, Illinois, who passed away at 8:06 am, Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Cedarhurst Senior Living, Sparta, Illinois.


He was born August 8, 1928 in Murphysboro, son of Cardel “Dirk” and Rose (nee Hauner) Derickson, who both preceded him in death. His family later moved to Chester, Illinois and has resided there ever since.


On November 15, 1952, Frank married Betty Shemoney in Piggott, Arkansas. She preceded him in death after 60 years of marriage.


He is survived by two daughters: Vicki (Tom) Search Chester and Brenda (Greg) Gallagher Atlanta, Georgia; four grandchildren: Tyson (Amber) Search, Courtney (Richard “Rip”) Rowan, Bradley Gallagher and Colin (Kaitlyn) Gallagher; six great grandchildren: Reagan Search, Hudson Search, Max Rowan, Brooks Rowan, Sutton Gallagher and Wells Gallagher; a sister-in-law: Melba Shemoney Mifflin Murphysboro, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.


He was also preceded in death by two brothers: Don and James “Jimmy” Derickson, two brothers-in-law: D. Joe Mifflin and James “Bernard” Shemoney; two sisters-in-law: Barbara Derickson and Cleo Shemoney; a nephew: James D. Mifflin and the many friends and acquaintances Frank appreciated while serving his country and the city he was truly proud to have been able to promote and to have had influence in its history.


Frank attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and Chester High School in Chester, Illinois.


He enlisted September 15, 1948 in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was discharged as a sergeant on September 14, 1951.


Over the years, Frank dabbled in various businesses and ventures – restaurants, oil wells, farms – he had a mind for numbers and that might be why he enjoyed the challenge of horse racing. He and Betty would make yearly trips to Hot Springs, Arkansas where they would share their enjoyment with other local couples (he loved those 8 to 1 odds).


In later years he also found a friendly Texas Holdem poker game to his liking. Probably had the Cardinals baseball game on at the same time. But it was government service that was Frank’s true calling.


From 1959 to 1963, Frank served as Chester City Clerk and was a two term City Alderman from 1977 to 1985. Frank was the Business Administrator as Chester Mental Health Center when he retired in 1985. That same year, he was elected and consecutively served 16 years (4 terms) as Mayor of Chester, Illinois. His administrations’ accomplishments during that run were numerous and he was proud of such – a new Water Plant and Sewage Treatment Plant just to name a couple.


Frank was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Chester. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post No. 3553 and served as Post Commander in 1959 and 1960.


He was also a Chester American Legion Alva Courier Post No. 487 lifetime member. He was a charter member of Chester Eagles Club Aerie No. 3252 and a member of the Chester Masonic Lodge No. 72 and Ainad Shriners. He served as Parade Co-Chairman of Chester’s Sesquicentennial in 1979 and continued serving for a few more years in that position when the celebration continued annually as Popeye’s Picnic.


Frank was grateful for the recognition bestowed on him when the Chester Chamber of Commerce honored him as Citizen of the Year in 2001. He was even more proud to have been able to share all his accomplishments with his family.


Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022 and 8-11a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Pechacek Funeral Homes, Chester, Illinois.


A funeral for Frank E. Derickson will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Pechacek Funeral Homes, Chester, Illinois. The Rev. Scott Weiner will officiate.


Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, Illinois