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 www.reinboldfh.com