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Charles W. Frey

June 7, 1925 ~ November 17, 2019 (age 94)

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Charles W. Frey, age 94, was born on June 2, 1925 in Bryan, Ohio and died November 17, 2019 in Perrysburg, Ohio. He was the son of the late Carl H. and Fern E. (Shackley) Frey.

He graduated Pleasant Mills, IN High School in 1943. He worked for Kraft Cheese prior to

Joining the Navy in April of 1944 during WWII. He was Honorably Discharged as Radioman Second Class in February 1946.

Charles married Frances Jane Lemley on May 15, 1948. He was employed as General Manager of Central Indiana Railway in Noblesville, Indiana from 1949 until 1967. In December of 1952 he and Frances had their first child, William Joseph Frey, followed by a daughter, Lou Ann Frey in April of 1954. In 1967, he joined the Norfolk Western Railroad in the sales department and moved with his family to Toledo, Ohio.

In 1979, he and Frances moved to Petersburg, Virginia after Charles’ promotion to District Sales Manager. In 1983, Charles was again promoted to a District Sales Manager position in Buffalo, New York. In 1987, he retired from the (now) Norfolk Southern Railroad and returned to the Toledo area to reside in Perrysburg. In September of 1992 Frances passed away.

Charles married Cloe Parrish of Decatur, Indiana in June of 1996. He moved to Decatur, Indiana in 1996 and returned with Cloe to Perrysburg in 2015. She preceded him in death, passing away in August of 2018.

Charles was a longtime member and treasurer of Waterville Presbyterian church in Waterville, Ohio and attended First United Methodist Church of Decatur, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by brothers Wayne, Bud, Bob, Keith, Jim and Roger.

He is survived by brother, John Frey of St. George, Utah; sister, Mary Butler; son, William Joseph Frey (Dorothy Stegman) of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, daughter, Lou Ann Frey (David Bruns) of Perrysburg, Ohio, step-son, Terry (Gretchen) Parrish of Indianapolis, Indiana, step-son, Richard (Mariann) Parrish of Miami, Florida; grandchildren Jessica Bruns-Frey of Perrysburg, Ohio, Samantha Bruns-Frey of Toledo, Ohio, and Katherine Stegman-Frey of Richmond, Indiana.

A Funeral Service for Charles will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, 225 W. Adams, Decatur, Indiana. Viewing will take place 2 hours prior from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Military Funeral Honors will be rendered after the funeral by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard.

A Graveside Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Waterville, Ohio, at Wakeman Cemetery on Monday, November 25, 2019.

The family asks that memorials go to Waterville Presbyterian Church, Waterville, Ohio.

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November 23, 2019

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home
225 West Adams Street
Decatur, IN 46733

Funeral Service
November 23, 2019

2:00 PM
Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home
225 West Adams Street
Decatur, IN 46733

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