Carl William Frye
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On May 14, 2014, Carl William Frye was called upon to join our Almighty Father and our Lord Jesus Christ in eternal life for a well-deserved rest after 85 very productive years on Earth. Carl was born the fifth of twelve children, seven boys and five girls, to Lloyd Frye and Wilda Hedinger on a dairy farm in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
He never lost his love of farming, but he really wanted to see the world. He dreamed of being a pilot and enlisted in the Air Force. He earned his Wings flying in Lubbock, Texas. Next he was sent to Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts where he met the love of his life and future wife and mother of his children, a beautiful and vivacious young Irish lass named Marie Ellen Dunne in the summer of 1951.
They were smitten and soon engaged, marrying in May of 1952. They honeymooned in Daytona Beach before heading to their new home in the wilderness of Anchorage, Alaska. He was assigned to an exciting but dangerous air and sea rescue unit. He and his new bride welcomed the first of three sons in February of 1953. They would also add three daughters to their family over the next 12 years. Carl left active duty as a Major and returned with his new family to Massachusetts while he tried to make his way into the world of commercial airline piloting.
He was thrilled to receive an offer from Eastern Airlines and he moved his growing family to Long Island, New York, to the brand new "suburbia" created by the housing boom after World War II. He bought a tiny house, which he and Marie eventually filled with five children. In 1962, he took a huge risk and moved his family to "the middle of nowhere" in New Vernon, New Jersey where he and Marie built a fine home and added their sixth, and last, child.
He spent 34 years with Eastern Airlines before retiring as a Captain of the 1011. He passed his combined work ethic/love of the land/business sense on to his children. Four of his children were inspired to pursue careers in the military and/or the airline business. Carl's passions beyond his family were travel, cooking and family sports that included volleyball, softball, swimming and skiing. But his biggest passion was "playing" the stock market.
He researched and read and listened and asked questions and was quite proud of his accomplishments, having never graduated from college. No matter where he was traveling in the world, he spoke almost daily to his stock broker, a former military buddy, and the family joke was that if there were an emergency and Carl needed to be reached all one had to do was to leave a message with his broker.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers and sisters. He leaves his devoted wife of 62 years, Marie, and six children; Kevin (Marilyn), Colleen Dukes, James, Mary Ellen Kobold (Steve), Cynthia McIntosh (Mark) and Timothy (Melinda). He leaves grandchildren Craig Dukes, Sara Johnson (Eric), Justin (Valerie), Laura, Karen, Allison and Amy McIntosh, Kevin and Katie Kobold. He had the joy of meeting two great-grandchildren before he left- Stella Marie Frye and Jack Johnson. He leaves brothers Howard (Louise), Norman, Keith (Joan) and sister Twyla Weaver (Rich).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of Christ the King, Blue Mill Rd., New Vernon, NJ on Monday at 10:00AM. Interment New Vernon Cemetery. Hours of visitation at the Doyle Funeral Home (www.doylefh.com) 106 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ on Sunday from 2-6PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Carl's memory to Atlantic Home Care, 465 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960.
Doyle Funeral Home
106 Maple Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Published in Daily Record from May 16 to May 17, 2014