James J. Frey, age 86 years, of Pettisville, passed away Sunday morning, October 6, 2013, at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was born December 28, 1926, near Pettisville, the son of Harvey and Bertha (Short) Frey. He married Emagene “Jean” Short on March 28, 1948 and she preceded him in death on January 13, 2011. A lifelong resident of the Pettisville area, he was a farmer and worked at Frey Construction, Pettisville Grain, Sauder Woodworking, Wauseon Canning Factory, and Rupp Seed. He served in Civilian Public Service in Iowa, Colorado, and Oregon. He was a volunteer at S.O.O.P. in Tucson, Arizona, and was a member of West Clinton Mennonite Church near Pettisville.
He is survived by his five children, Bernard “Barney” (Jo) Frey of Wauseon, Ken (Pat) Frey of Pettisville, Becky (Dennis) Peabody of Wauseon, Charles Frey of Toledo, and Janet Frey of Pettisville; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Vincent (Marcella) Frey of Delaware, Merle (Evelyn) Frey of Wauseon, and Ron (Darlene) Frey of Phoenix, AZ; nephew, Ed (Jane) Waidelich of Archbold; and a sister-in-law, Martha Frey of Pettisville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Paul Frey and Carl Frey; and two sisters, Arlene Waidelich and Miriam Frey.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday at 4 PM at the West Clinton Mennonite Church with Revs. Jesse and Naomi Engle officiating. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Friends may call at the West Clinton Mennonite Church from 2-8 PM on Wednesday. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests that memorials be given to S.O.O.P. www.ShortFuneralHome.com
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