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John M. Frey

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
John M. Frey

STERLING – John M. Frey, 93, of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. He owned and operated John M. Frey Co. in Moline. 

He was born Feb. 8, 1921, to John K. and Lucille (McCormick) Frey. He was a graduate of Sterling High School Class of ‘39, and was inducted into the SHS Hall of Fame and as a distinguished alumnus. John served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a flight engineer on the B-24, B-26, and B-29 bombers, and also was a docent on the B-17 Bomber in Palm Springs, Calif. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, boating, and airplanes. He married Harriette (Cady) Frey in February 1942. She preceded him in death in 2011. 

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia (Jerry) Bellini of Sterling; two sons, John C. (Becky) Frey of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Robert A. (Cynthia) Frey of Stillwater, Minn.; three sisters, Jane White of Sterling, Janet Oltmanns of Richland Hills, Texas, and Sandra (Bill) Foreman of Ponca City, Okla.; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. 

He also was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Alice Frey and Gloria Frey; and one grandson, Jay Bellini.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Pastor Jeff Coester of The Big Red Church, First Congregational in Sterling officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be at Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery in Sterling,.

A memorial has been established to The Big Red Church, First Congregational in Sterling.

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