Jerry L. Frye

March 26, 1943 - February 21, 2016

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Thursday, February 25, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Friday, February 26, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Jerry Lee Frye, 72, of Kendallville died Sunday, February 21, 2016, in Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was a lifetime area resident.

Mr. Frye retired after 39 ½ years at Flint & Walling in Kendallville.

He was a 40-year member of Crosspointe Church of the Nazarene in Kendallville, a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and active with the East Noble Band Boosters. He was a past member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 31 in Angola where he served as commander for five years.

Jerry adored his grandchildren. One of his biggest joys in life was helping others, whether it was mowing their yard, snow blowing their driveway, or volunteering to put a roof on their house.

He was born March 26, 1943, in LaGrange County to Samuel J. and Bracey Alice (Parker) Frye.

On July 2, 1967, in Kendallville he married Darlene May Mapes. She survives in Kendallville.

Also surviving are a daughter, Laura (Doug) Nowels of Kendallville; a son, David Frye of Kendallville; five grandchildren, Korey Nowels, Meghan Nowels, Alissa Frye, Evan Frye, and Collin Frye; a great-granddaughter, Nalani Lipford; a brother, Jack S. (Melodee) Frye of Longwood, Florida; a half-brother, Robert S. (Dawn) Frye of Angola; a stepsister, Kathy (Tim) King of Pleasant Lake; three sisters-in-law, Marilyn Barrett of Owensville, Jean Frye of Kendallville, and Marlene Kay Mason of Kendallville; four brothers-in-law, Richard (Celine) Mapes of Oceanside, California, Dean (Diane) Mapes of Fremont, Mike (Diane) Mapes of Auburn, and Howard (Cheryl) Mapes of Kendallville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepbrother, Richard Wilcox; and two brothers-in-law, Reverend James A. Mapes and Donald Mapes.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Jim Kane and Pastor Rich Secor officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Calling will be Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Parkview Hospice.

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Arvin knox Jr
February 26th, 2016 3:17am
Sturgis Michigan

He was a good man! I will remember him and miss him because I joked with him all the time! He will be missed very very much. God bless his wife and family and let God give his family strength though this painful time!

Leona Buzzard
February 25th, 2016 9:34pm
Orland Indiana

I was so very sorry to hear of Jerry"s passing. My prayers go out to your entire family. He was a great guy and will be missed. Again I am very sorry for your loss.

Cheryl Ort
February 24th, 2016 9:21pm
Monroeville, Indiana

My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to each of you. You will remain in my thoughts and Prayers. Love and Blessings ~

Alleen Mapes
February 24th, 2016 8:14pm
Rome City

Our family was deeply saddened to learn about Jerry's death. You . have our deepest sympathy, With love and prayers for your family, Ken, Alleen & Scott, and Kelli Mapes Humphrey..

Carolyn Jacobs
February 24th, 2016 3:46pm
4378 W Columbia Rd Mason Mich

Sorry to hear of your loss. Your family was there for me when Jim passed.(4 yrs.) I thank you for that. I know that I am not in In. but if there is anything I can do for you let me know. I will keep you in my prayers.

Dan and Norma Moralez
February 23rd, 2016 11:47pm
Angola, Indiana

Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.

Marilynn Peterson
February 23rd, 2016 11:12am
Blanchard, Okla.

We will all miss Jerry. Sorry I couldn't be with you all today.

Linda Kintz
February 23rd, 2016 1:39am

So sorry for your loss

David and Kathy Conklin
February 22nd, 2016 11:59pm
Battle Creek, Michigan

We will miss Jerry Frye for when we come to Kendallville we see Jerry and his Wife at the Mapes Reunion in Kendallville. We are sending Prayers to Darlene and Family.

Christy Tucker
February 22nd, 2016 11:42pm

Sending prayers to you and your family, It was always nice seeing him at McDonald's he will be missed.

Mary Harp
February 22nd, 2016 6:00pm
Fort Collins Colorado

My deepest sympathy for Darlene and all the family. Darlene and I are forever friends, we grew up as neighbors and her dad and my dad worked together. I wish I could be there to give you a great big hug. Although we just got back together on facebook I will always be your friend and although I only met Jerry a couple times I could tell you two were soul mates.

Jerry Kessler
February 22nd, 2016 4:45pm
Kendallville, Ind.

Jerry was a fantastic neighbor and a good friend, he will be missed dearly.

Richard Mapes
February 22nd, 2016 5:16am
Oceanside, california

My condolences to the whole family! He was a great brother in law! We will miss him! Dick, Celine, Scott,Mary Faith,Sandy,Sean n Meagan,we all have fond memories of uncle Jerry!

Alison Smith Snyder
February 22nd, 2016 4:28am

So sorry for your loss. In my prayers and thoughts. Will always remember him and I calling each other ornery and orneryer