John Frey

John Frey

OAKLAND, Ill. — John D. Frey, of Oakland, Ill., passed away at home on Friday, June 22, 2018. He was 75 years old.

The son of Thomas and Dorothy (Harter) Frey, he was raised on a farm near Carthage with brothers Tom and Jim. He attended a one-room country schoolhouse for first through eighth grade and graduated from Carthage High School.

He was a graduate of Western Illinois University and advanced banking schools at Southern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin.

He served in the U.S. Army on active duty in Germany from 1967-1969. He stayed in the Army Reserves before retiring at the rank of Captain. Before embarking on a career in banking, he worked as a soybean buyer for Swift and Company in Champaign. Banking took him to Watseka, Lena, Oakland, Champaign and Paris, where he specialized in commercial and agricultural lending.

John, known by many as “Papa Frey” was grandfather to three grandchildren, Sam, Phoebe, and Marian, as well as a host or “2nd Father” to many other young people who enjoyed hanging out at his home over the years. He was the World’s Best Dad to Sarah and Pete. He was married for nearly 52 years to Roxanne (Whitson) Frey. At the time of his death, he was still an active member of the Oakland Lions Club and the Brocton American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018. A private memorial service will be held for the family.

Memorials may be made to the Oakland-Hindsboro Charitable Foundation.

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