A former Sandwich alderman and police commissioner passed away at the age of 66 on Monday.
Dave Fraser of Sandwich served as a Sandwich alderman in the Second Ward from 2011-2017. He was appointed to the Sandwich Police Commission in July of last year after not winning re-election to the city council.
Starting in 1971, Mr. Fraser was a police officer for the City of DeKalb, and he also served on the Northern Illinois University Police Force.
Mr. Fraser was also part of a military anti-terrorist team in Europe during the 1980's. Additionally, Mr. Fraser was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Mr. Fraser's family legacy in Sandwich also spans back decades as one of the first families to settle in the area on the north end of the city.
Harold Dannewitz, a former alderman, also remembered time spent with Mr. Fraser as a member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.
Dannewitz said one of the projects he and Mr. Fraser worked together on was getting the parking lot paved at the VFW.
Sandwich Alderman Les Redden was in the same class as Mr. Fraser and sat next to him on the council for a few years. Redden says the two didn't always agree but had the common goal of moving the city forward.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich. A visitation will be held on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the funeral home with a funeral service to directly follow.
David John Fraser, 66, of Sandwich, died on Monday, October 7, 2019, in Sandwich. David was born on his grandfather Oliver “Red” Fraser’s birthday January 6, in 1953, at St. Mary’s hospital in DeKalb, IL., the son of John Louis and Veronica M. Berkes Fraser. He grew up on the Fraser Homestead north of Sandwich with his parents, grandparents and sister and brother.
Dave and his brother Joe raised champion Duroc pigs in 4-H. He graduated from Sandwich High School, earned an AA degree from Kishwaukee College and served in the US Army in Germany.
He married Bobbie Sue Hutson Pence on November 23, 1990. David worked as a cadet for the city of Dekalb before becoming a police officer for Northern Illinois University. He also worked with his mother at Fraser Realty in Sandwich. He served the City of Sandwich as an alderman and was an active police commissioner.
He was a member of the VFW Post 1486 and American Legion Post 181. He loved cruising with Bobbie in their 1957 Chevy.
He is survived by his wife Bobbie, daughter Mary Sue (William) Bryant, grandchildren Chase and Carly Koelber, step-granddaughters Angelia Ness and Samantha Pence, one great grandson and one step-great granddaughter, his brother Joseph (Debbie) Fraser, sister Mary (Thomas) Hodson, nephew and godson Timothy (Rebecca) Hodson, two great-nephews, brother-in-law
David (Donna) Hutson, Aunts Patricia Berkes and Mary Janicki, and many cousins.
Preceding David in death were his parents, his grandparents E. Oliver and Edna Betz Fraser and John and MaryThen Berkes, his step-son Dennis Pence, step-daughter Lanetta (Oscar) Guana and aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Beverage Family Funeral Home, 104 Terry Street Sandwich, IL 60548. Funeral service will begin at 12:00 P.M. with pastor Stevan Saunders officiating. Graveside service will follow at St. Paul’s Queen of Angels Cemetery, Sandwich. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beverage Family Funeral Homes.