Gerald E. “Jerry” Frey


Gerald E. “Jerry” Frey, age 84 of Highland, IL, died Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, IL.

He was born November 09, 1931, in Highland, IL, the son of Fremont and Josephine (nee Goestenkors) Frey.

On May 19, 1956, he married Genevieve M. “Jenny” Sander at Highland, IL. She passed away on July 29, 2009.

He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. He was also a Former member of Holy Name Society at St. Paul Catholic Church – HighlandV.F.W. Post 5694 – Knights of Columbus, Highland Council #1580.

Jerry was born in Highland, IL and grew up in Pierron, IL. He graduated from St. Paul Highland School in 1949. He worked at Highland Box Board Co. He joined into the U.S. Army in April of 1952, with active duty during the Korean Conflict and earned the rank of Sergeant. After his honorable discharge in February of 1954, he joined his father with the milk hauling business. He purchased the business in 1964. He and his wife later purchased the Walter Merkle farm north-east of Highland in October 1959 and moved to the farm from Pierron on January 1st, 1960. Mr. Frey was most proud of their prize Charolaise Cattle during the 1960’s and 1970’s. They sold their herd in 1976. He retired January 1, 1995, from the milk business. He and his wife sold their home in August of 1999 and moved into the Faith Countryside Homes Complex-Retirement Village. He most enjoyed playing Bridge, Euchre and traveling to Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, and California. He loved St. Louis Cardinal baseball and watching his grandchildrens sports.

Survivors include:
Daughter – Cheryl A. (Mike) Bates, Harleysville, PA
Son – Gary J. (Tracy) Frey, Highland, IL
Daughter – Patricia E. “Patty” (Jeffrey) Mitchell, Smithboro, IL
Son – Kenneth N. (Kathie) Frey, Highland, IL
Daughter – Janean R. (Vincent) Zappia, Highland, IL
Granddaughter – Jennifer L. (Doug) Spitzer, Highland, IL
Granddaughter – Tara R. (Philip) Marchinski, Downers Grove, IL
Granddaughter – Holly A. Nazetta, Highland, IL
Granddaughter – Megan L. (Kevin) Karl, Arnold, MO
Grandson – Cody Bates, Harleysville, PA
Granddaughter – Brittany N. Zappia, Highland, IL
Granddaughter – Ashlynn N. Frey, Trenton, IL
Granddaughter – Kaitlynn Bates, Harleysville, PA
Grandson – Wyatt Bates, Harleysville, PA
Grandson – Drake A. Zappia, Highland, IL
Grandson – Kolby J. Frey, Highland, IL
Great Grandson – Evan Spitzer (twin), Highland, IL
Great Granddaughter – Ava Spitzer (twin), Highland, IL
Sister – Sister Therese Frey OSF, Milwaukee, WI
Sister In-law – Mildred E. Frey, Highland, IL
Sister-In-law – Jean A. Sander, Highland, IL
Caring Friend – Joyce Wink

He was preceded in death by:
Father – Fremont A. Frey died in 1967
Mother – Josephine E. Frey, nee Goestenkors died in 1989
Wife – Genevieve M. “Jenny” Frey, nee Sander died 7/29/2009
Daughter – Kathleen C. Frey died 11/26/1962 at 2 months
Brother – Norbert O. Frey died 10/22/2008
Brother – Allan A. Frey died 2/5/2011
Sister – Genevieve Korte died 3/8/2009

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 02, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Wednesday, August 03, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 03, 2016, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland, IL., with Rev. Father Pat G. Jakel and Father Gregory Spitz, officiating.

Interment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society or H.I.S. K.I.D.S.