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Michael John Frakes

Aug 15, 1971 - Oct 09, 2021


Michael John Frakes was born on August 15, 1971 to Norman and Rita (Hansen) Frakes in Sheboygan, WI. He attended Sheboygan Falls schools and graduated in 1989 where he participated in cross country running. He was a Boy Scout and participated in Triathlons, loved to bike and motorcycle ride, hike and be outside in nature.
He attended Black Hawke Technical School and graduated in 1991 from the Air Frame and Power Plant Mechanics program. That led to his first work as a mechanic for Jack Schneidehwin at the New Holstein Airport. Eventually, he earned his pilot’s license and flew single and twin-engine planes including float planes and then corporate jets for Windway Capitol Corp out of Sheboygan. He was a photo pilot for Bill Phebus’ company, Great Lakes Aerial Survey. Mike flew, tracking Whooping Cranes from Michigan and WI, during migrations to Florida for the International Crane Foundation for several years. Mike spent a year in Mattock, England at New Tribes Mission.
Michael and Irina Hubert were married in Manitowoc, December 14, 2001 which was followed by a church ceremony, in Detmold, Germany, February 9, 2002. Their family traveled to many countries and throughout the U.S.
Survivors include wife, Irina (Hubert) Frakes and son and daughter, Eli and Naomi of Sheboygan Falls; parents, Rita and Norm, Mazomanie, and brother, Matthew J. Frakes, Sheboygan. Uncles and aunts, Sharon and Roger Carlson, Kiel and Richard and Patricia Hansen, Middleton; cousins Dale and Vicki Carlson, and daughter, Lea; D’Ann Carlson, and Terry Hansen and son, Cruise; and longtime friend, Brian Worthing. Mike was predeceased by grandparents, Edward and Janice (Sheafor) Hansen and Sheldon and Evelyn (Walkush) Frakes Dickinson Shand, and step-grandpas, Arthur Dickinson and Charles Shand, and aunts, Audrey and Marilyn Frakes.
A celebration of life will be held at Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church 1710 N. 15th St. on Saturday October 16, 2021. Visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. with light refreshments to follow.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Date: Saturday Oct 16, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: Evangelical Free Church [map]

Celebration of Life

Date: Saturday Oct 16, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Evangelical Free Church [map]



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Jamison Stokdyk

Dear family of Mike, I am sorry beyond words for your loss. I will miss Mike greatly. Since first meeting Mike in the early 90s, I have been filled with admiration for him. He was a thoughtful, sincere, calm, generous, and wonderful person and pursued remarkable accomplishments with humility and sincerity. He shared his love of flying, hiking, biking, music, nature, and God. It was a blessing to know Mike, and it is a blessing to see him in his children. I will treasure the memories forever. My heartfelt condolences on your loss. My thoughts are with you often. Jamison

Rita Frakes

Heinrich and Elisabeth Hubert, Michael's father-and-mother-in law ,Germany, were mistakenly left out of the obituary. They predeceased Mike while other German family and friends survive Michael . in -law, Heinrich and Elisabeth Hubert who predeceased Michael. Survivors include Hubert family members and friends in Germany.

Ilka Meinecke

Liebe Irina, ich wünsche dir und deinen Kindern ganz viel Kraft und Mut für die nächste Zeit und noch viel mehr viele schöne Erinnerungen an eure gemeinsame Zeit. Bleibt ganz nah an Jesus. Er wird euch tragen und wie er es versprochen hat immer bei euch sein. Fühlt euch umarmt und gedrückt. In unserem Herrn verbunden. Ich bete für euch. Ilka

Larry and Joanne Ebbers

Dear Irina and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find comfort in the Lords arms. Jo

Erna Bodil Andersen

My dear, sweet friend Irina! I am so sorry for your loss. May you know God’s peace and live surround you in every possible way. Praying for you, Eli and Naomi. May the Lord comfort you and Mike’s extended family too. Your friend Erna and family (Norway)

Leasa Marie Suckau

Hello Irina, Eli and Naomi, You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. I wish I could be there in person, but know that I am carrying you in my heart. Sending love and hugs, Leasa Suckau

Pamela Hertel

Dear Irina, I just learned of Mike’s death, and send you my deepest sympathies. You have had a difficult time navigating Mike’s challenges and their impact on your family. I’m so glad you and your children are safe, and I pray you all benefit from God’s healing grace as you adjust to this deep loss. May you find peace knowing others care and a belief that Mike is at his chosen peace. With loving concern, Pam Hertel

Lilli Epp

Dear Norman and Dear Rita, I am so glad we met and got to know each other when I visited Irina and Mike in the US! I share your pain of loosing Mike with whom I had many conversations. I pray for you and your family. May God keep you safely in his arms. Lilli ( sister of Irina)

Nicole Schinzel, Switzerland

Dear Irina, dear Eli and Naomi, I feel with you so much in these days.. The grieve because of the loss of Mike is immense.. However - don‘t lose courage, the Lord God is with you. He will never forsake you and he loves you deeply. He will show you the way. He is the light in the darkness. Jesus Christ is our redeemer and he is alive!! He himself has suffered more than anybody can imagine- he understands your grieve, your sadness. He wants to comfort you…I pray that you may feel Gods love, comfort, strength and peace in your hearts. May God bless you and keep you in his arms forever! Amen!

Johann Hübert

Dear Rita, dear Norman, we would like to offer our deepest sympathy to you on the death of your son Mike. We are so sorry, that you must live through this. God may comfort you and give you his peace. We long for Jesus touching your hearts and allaying your pain. We wish you, dear Rita and dear Norman, that you get to know the saving love and grace of his salvation. "God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life." John 3, 16 Yours Lena and Johann Hübert with family

Daniela & Gerhard

Dear Irina with Eli and Naomi, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. " 2Kor. 1, 3-4 Our thoughts are with you, in Christ we are united.


Dear Rita and Norman I am with you in my thoughts and pray that God will help you through this day and all the others that will follow. Dear Irina, Eli and Naomi you are in my thoughts daily and I pray for comfort, peace and guidance. I trust God to carry you through in these hard times. In Jesus we are united. We love you! Edelgard with Silas

Olga Minnich

Dear Family of Mike we are so sorry about your loss. We feel deeply with you. We pray for strength and comfort. Olga and Rudi with Family.

Craig and Rachel Cornell

Irina, We love you and Eli and Naomi so much! May you feel His gentle comfort all around you as you walk together through this valley of the shadow of death. I pray you fear no ill, for God is with you. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted! ❤️ We grieve with you.

Robert Harker

To the family of Michael Frakes, It was with much sadness when we read the obituary in the paper. You are in our thoughts. I remember how excited he was to land the job at the New Holstein Airport. What an interesting career came his way. Bob Harker

Barbara/Patrick Cowle

Irina, I am at loss for words about Mike and your loss. We are unable to attend the funeral but really want to connect with you and the kids whenever it is possible. We could also travel to Sheboygan Falls. Could you give me your address so I can send a card. Any time you want to talk just call. 414-698-3226 God bless and Jesus will pave the way for you to go through such a hard journey. Lean on friends and family. Barb and Patrick

Michael and Betty Severson

So sorry to read of your son's death.Though we have lost touch over the years, we feel with you, as no parent should have to lose their children, so early.May Go give you peace I n His promises of eternal life. Lot's of memoriesform our days at Falls High.

Fred and Mary Nehrling

Norm, Rita and Matt - So sorry to learn of your loss. Our heartfelt condolences. I am sure you have many good memories to help you through this along with friends and family. You will be in our prayers. Sincerely, Fred and Mary Nehrling

Marguerite Weeden

My deepest sympathy to your family.

Jose B Figueroa Jr

You were a good friend Mike!

Chaplain Rick Cawthon

Praying for your family during this sad time.