Frank Donald Frier - November 18, 2010
Frank Donald Frier passed away Oct. 30, 2010, at East Cascade Retirement Center, in Madras, Ore., where he resided since July 2009.
He was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Roseburg, Ore., to Earl and Edna May Frier.
His sister, June, and brothers, John, Vincent and Kenny preceded him in death.
He was raised on a farm in Drain, Ore. and graduated high school there in 1937. He joined the Army in 1942, stationed in Africa and England where he served as a mechanic and did maintenance on B-17’s and C-54’s until he was discharged in 1945.
Frank met and married the ‘love of his life,’ Mary Alice (Peggy) and adopted her four children in 1958. They completed their family with another child in 1959.
He was a highly regarded and respected employee of Brooks-Scanlon starting in the mill for two years and completing his employment as a log truck driver for 29 years. Peggy was very proud that Frank had worked for 31 years without an accident for which he received a commendation and two watches, one for 30 years safe service, one for 30 years continuous service when he retired in 1984.
They lived and raised their children in Bend and moved to Terrebonne after retirement. They enjoyed their Sunday drives around Central Oregon and there wasn’t a road or cow-path that they had not traveled. They enjoyed a lifetime of fishing and camping, especially trips to the Oregon coast.
They were members of the Moose and Eagles, socializing with friends and family. Their biggest enjoyment was family gatherings for Easter and Thanksgiving, where they occasionally wore costumes.
Preceding him in death was his wife, Peggy in 2006. He has missed her and felt lost without her. Surviving their union are their five children, Marva Jean Kalinaski (Jack) Gresham, Ore., Judy Teply (Roger) Champion, Neb., Dennis Frank Frier, Culver, Ore., Michael A. Frier (Donna), Redmond, Ore., and Sandra June Frier-Junior (Rick), Eugene, Ore. There are nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren.
He was a quiet man with a heart as large as a mountain and patience as wide as the sea. The hardest word he had trouble with was ‘no.’ People thought of him as a gentle giant, mostly because of his large hands and feet, despite his size, he was very loving. There are not adequate words that one can express about a man as respected and admired by all who knew him. He will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at Home Federal Bank in Terrebonne, Ore. in the name of Judy Teply. Cards of condolences will be appreciated by his children. You may also sign the guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com. Private services have been held.