Donald Frey (1926 - 2014)

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Donald J Frey

February 4, 2014

Donald Joseph Frey died in Ft. Myers, FL, on February 4, 2014. Born in Boscobel, WI, on August 27, 1926, to Julius & Merle Frey, he grew up in Madison, WI. After his 1944 graduation from East High, he enlisted in the Navy and proudly participated in Pacific fleet actions on the troop transport, USS James O'Hara. He attended the University of Wisconsin, received his BA & MS in Social Work (1950 & 1952) and married Loraine Allen of New London, WI, in June, 1950.

After several years in active social work in Milwaukee & Wausau, the family moved to Lincoln, NE, where he was Community Council Executive & Associate Executive of the Community Chest (1956-59). Subsequently, they moved to Wheeling, WV and later to Pontiac, MI, where he was the Executive Director of those United Funds (1960-1972). He retired as CEO of the Summit County United Way in Akron, OH, (1988), and he and his wife relocated to Ft. Myers, FL. As "snowbirds," he and Loraine spent summers in Ohio, and from 1988-91 he assisted Hale Farm & Village (Bath OH) 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 played organized softball as a young man; music (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) & Donald II (Kathy); grandchildren, Angie Lake Bates (Ryan), Zachary, Kaitlin, Ethan, Conner, Curtis & Alyssa Frey; and great-grandchildren (Gavin, Adam & Lauren Bates).

Immediate family members gathered in Ft. Myers to reflect upon & 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, OH or Lee County, FL.

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Published in The News-Press on Feb. 16, 2014
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