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Donald J. Frey


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Donald J. Frey

Donald Joseph Frey died in Ft. Myers, Fla. on February 4, 2014.

Born in Boscobel, Wis., on August 27, 1926, to Julius and Merle Frey, he grew up in Madison, Wis. After his 1944 graduation from East High, he enlisted in the Navy and proudly participated in Pacific fleet actions until June, 1946, on the troop transport USS James O'Hara. He attended the University of Wisconsin, received his BA and MS in Social Work (1950 and 1952) and married Loraine Allen of New London, Wis., in June, 1950.

After several years inactive social work in Milwaukee and Wausau, the family moved to Lincoln, Neb., where he was Community Council Executive & Associate Executive of the Community Chest (1956-59). Subsequently, they moved to Wheeling, W. Va. and later to Pontiac, Mich., where he was the Executive Director of those United Funds (1960-1972). He retired as CEO of the Summit County United Way in Akron, Ohio (1988), and he and his wife relocated to Ft. Myers, Fla. As "snowbirds," he and Loraine spent summers in Ohio, and from 1988-91 he assisted Hale Farm & Village (Bath, Ohio) with a successful capital fund campaign.

He always was passionate about helping "the underdogs" and was recognized throughout his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Citizens' Council. He was an ardent golfer and fisherman who also enjoyed organized softball as a young man; music (as a talented ukulele player), and family vacations in Wisconsin.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Loraine; brothers, Dean and Rex Frey; and is survived by children, Anne, Christine Lake, James (Teri) and Donald II (Kathy); grandchildren, Angie Lake Bates (Ryan), Zachary, Kaitlin, Ethan, Conner, Curtis and Alyssa Frey; and great-grandchildren (Gavin, Adam and Lauren Bates).

Immediate family members gathered in Ft. Myers to reflect upon and celebrate his life; both he and Loraine will be interred in a Wisconsin military cemetery later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the United Ways of Summit County, Ohio or Lee County, Fla.


Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 16, 2014
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