Frank J. Heraver

Frank J. Heraver, age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Waukegan, IL, completed his earthly journey on November 19, 2023, at the Luther Manor Grand Meadows in Asbury, IA.  To honor Frank’s life, a private family service is being held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Frank’s family.


Frank was born on April 27, 1927, in Waukegan, IL, a son to John and Gertrude (Debevic) Heraver.  Frank honorably served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII and upon returning home was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, Joan V. Michalski on October 29, 1949.  They were blessed with 74 wonderful years together and two sons of their own to love and nurture along the way.  Frank invested his time and talents for over 23 years with the American Can Company and eventually moved into retirement as a production manager in 1990. 


Frank also appreciated the opportunity to use his free-time outside of work in many enjoyable ways.  His luck at the penny slots was legendary and countless hours were spent trying to figure out if it was another good day at a hot machine.  Frank was also a classic car enthusiast, especially when it came to the 30’s and 40’s era.  The ability to step back in time and reflect on the good old days and memories past was always a positive event in Frank’s mind.  But, at the end of the day, family was where his heart always resided in perfect harmony.  Frank’s love and devotion to family was continually on display and his role as Grandpa was never taken for granted.  We will miss our kind and loving patriarch more than words could depict, but we are forever grateful for the 96 years that the Lord was gracious enough to share him with us.  Thank you, Frank, for not only leaving a lasting legacy within the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved you, but for also being a solid example and leader for all of the generations who follow your lead.  May the Lord bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms until we all meet again. 


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Frank include,

his loving wife,

Joan Heraver, Dubuque, IA;


his two adored sons,

Charles (Lisa) Heraver, Gurnee, IL,

and Robert “Bob” (Sharon) Heraver, Antioch, IL;


his grandson,

Andrew Heraver, Gurnee, IL


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Frank was preceded in death by his parents, John (Gertrude) Heraver; his granddaughter, Becky Heraver; and his siblings, Eva “Janie” (Bill) Putnam, Hilaria “Helchi” (Vic) Rhodes, and
John Heraver.


Frank’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.


Online condolences may be shared with Frank’s family at

To honor Frank’s life, a private family service is being held at a later date.

One comment on “Frank J. Heraver
  1. Kathy Debevec says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Heraver family. I was the Realtor who assisted in the sale of their Waukegan home and the sale of Charles home and helping Rob purchase his Waukegan home. I remember the entire family fondly.

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