Losing a Loyal Friend
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund lost a loyal supporter this past March. Richard “Dick” Frey, 70, loving husband, father and grandfather, died March 8, 2013.
Dick was born in a small, rural town in Thurston, Neb. and graduated from Wayne State University. He joined the Iowa Air National Guard, 185th Tactical Fighter Squadron, serving until his unit was called up to serve in Phu Cat, Vietnam from 1968-1969, where he served as an aircraft Electrician. He later started his career as a revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service and retired in December 1999. He was very active at his VFW Post 3115 in Wichita, Kan. and American Legion Post 256. He enjoyed putting on karaoke shows, serving on the House Committee, and maintaining the building to serve his fellow veterans.
This proud veteran had been contributing to VVMF since 1997. When he fell ill, he asked that a fund be established in his name with VVMF in order to help build the Education Center at The Wall. Many of his friends donated in his honor. Thankfully, Dick was able to visit The Wall in Washington, D.C. in 2005.
Dick is survived by his wife, Anita Frey; daughters, Shannon (Shane) Hooper of Wichita, Shelly (Scott) Madison of Lincoln, Neb., Nikkie Frey of Wichita and Rochelle (Todd) Higgins of Edmond, Okla.; grandchildren, Shelby, Shayden, Taylor and Morgan; mother, Edna Mae Frey of Thurston, Neb.; siblings, Mae (Art) Greve of Wayne, Neb., Robert (Judy) Frey of Hideaway, Texas and Beverly (Randy) Farmer of Grove, Okla.