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John W. FryeApril 18, 1952 ~ May 23, 2017 (age 65)
John W. Frye, 65, of Big Spring, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Washington, Missouri. John was born in St. Charles, Missouri on April 18, 1952, a son of the late Edward T. Frye, Sr. and Ruby E. (Sassaman) Frye.
John attended St. Charles High School graduating in 1970. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War attaining the rank of Corporal. Shortly after being honorably discharged, he was united in marriage on April 14, 1973 to Mary E. Naeger, in St. Charles, Missouri. They enjoyed 44 years together.
John was the owner & operator of J & L Redi-Mix Concrete until the sale of his business in 1997. He then became active in the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League along with his young son, and got hooked on building street rods, which he enjoyed restoring. He liked to participate in events sponsored by the River City Cruisers Car Club of Hermann. He was an excellent fabricator and welder, creating various custom projects on request and also repaired farm implements on short notice for the Big Spring area farmers during the busy season. His shop building on his farm always had an open-door policy. He also greatly enjoyed crappie fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks.
John was a member of the Church of the Risen Savior, in Rhineland, Missouri, and the Knights of Columbus.
John is survived by his wife, Mary Frye; a daughter, Emmye Cherise Frye, of Las Vegas, Nevada; a son, John Corey Frye, daughter-in-law Meghan Frye, and his 11 month old grandson, John Carter Frye, all of Kansas City, Missouri. He is also survived by two sisters, Constance Sammelmann and husband Elmer, of Mexico, Missouri; Carole Mackenberg, of Cottleville, Missouri; a brother, Edward Frye, Jr. and wife MaryAnn, of Catawissa, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law, John Naeger and wife Elaine, of St. Charles, Missouri; and Bruce Naeger and wife Judy, of Warrenton, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his parents, by a brother-in-law Joseph Mackenberg, and niece, Robyn Tippett and husband, Bob.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Risen Savior, Rhineland, MO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to River City Cruisers, Hermann, MO. or to the American Lung Association. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.