Richard A. (Rick) Frey

June 25, 1949 - November 22, 2012

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Celebration of Life: Saturday, December 8, 2012, from noon to 3 p.m. in O'Sullivan's, 1808 West Main Street, Fort Wayne

Richard Allen “Rick” Frey, of Kendallville, died early Thursday morning, November 22, 2012, in his home. He was 63.

He was born June 25, 1949, in Frankfort, IN to Carl Frey and Ruth (Curtis) Frey. His childhood love for athletics blossomed at Purdue University, where he was a founding member of the Purdue Rugby Club. He continued to play, coach, and teach rugby throughout his life.

While at Purdue, he also earned a Masters degree in Physical Education.

Mr. Frey moved to this area in 1986 from Lafayette. He shared his passion for sports and outdoor activity for many years as the Recreational Director for the Kendallville Park Department. He retired from that position after 20 years of service.

Mr. Frey loved animals and the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, gardening, hunting, and keeping bees. His many interests also included carpentry, leatherwork, and historical reenactment, most notably at the Feast of the Hunters Moon for the past 33 years. He also worked with the Apple Festival of Kendallville for many years.

He was a dedicated father to his children, Jedediah Frey of Lexington, Kentucky; Appolinia Frey of Indianapolis; and Caleb Frey of Indianapolis. He is also survived by Bridget (Ammond) Frey of Kendallville; his mother, Ruth Martin of Tarpon Springs, Florida; and a brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Linda Frey of Frankfort.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 12-3pm at O’Sullivan’s, 1808 West Main Street, Fort Wayne.

Preferred memorials are to The Noble County Humane Shelter or Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Guest Book

Julie Austin
September 28th, 2014 8:27am
Palm Springs, CA

When I think about playing Rugby at Purdue in 1978 I always remember our first wonderful coach. Rick taught us well and made it fun. I always admired him and his gentle personality. He will be missed.

Elainey Richardson
December 11th, 2012 3:12am
Englewood, FL

Dear Bridget and Family, I am shocked and saddened to read of Rick's passing. Please know that I am thinking of you and hope that time and fond memories will ease your sorrow. With deepest sympathy, Lainey

Ron Harding
December 8th, 2012 3:31pm

A pleasure to know Rick, having him coach us to our first 7's tourney victory( my generation) at battle creek 1987, his tenacity on the pitch, his camaraderie after. His legacy in Jed, Caleb, Abby will far surpass his legacy in Rugby....Peace Ron Harding

Jenn Poole
December 4th, 2012 9:55pm

Bridget and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Rick was family to me and to my parents and it doesnt seem right that he's not here. We love you! Jenn, Caycee and Mackenzie

Dr Denton & Staff
December 4th, 2012 2:09pm
LaGrange IN

To the Frey family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are sorry for your loss. We all enjoyed Rick here at the office. May you all be comforted by all the good memories of your lives together.

Paul Kish
December 1st, 2012 1:05pm
New Lenox, Il

To the frey family. I'm very sorry for your loss. Rick was one of the guys who introduced me to rugby at Purdue. He taught me how to pass a rugby ball. I had the pleasure to play with him recently at the PU 40th anniversary. I'll miss seeing him on the pitch.

Rick Jolliff
November 30th, 2012 6:18pm
Valparaiso IN

There is now a big hole in our world without you. Your influence on your friends and family was remarkable. Our rugby world has lost a legend....and outstanding competior and leader. It was my pleasure to have known you. My sincere condolences to the whole family.

Carey Leitch
November 30th, 2012 12:37am

I was priviledged to have known you and called you a friend. Enjoyed many good times with you on and off the field. RIP, we will catch you on the other side.

Cheryl Barker
November 29th, 2012 7:41pm

I enjoyed working with Rick with the Apple Festival, he was always a big help. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Rick will be missed by many.

Maryse Casagrande
November 28th, 2012 6:33pm
Ft. Wayne

Dear Bridget,Jed,Abby and Caleb: Your father was a good man. A good person. He was a friend to many and left his mark. His love for all of you was truly passionate. You kids meant the world to him. I have many fond memories of when we would all be there at the property...had a tee pee set up by the pond...always had a fire and all of the kids..mine included.... running around having the time of your lives and listening to your laughter! Your dad was so proud of you kids. He loved you so dearly. The quality of a man's life is not measured by the amount of treasure he stored up on Earth but bythe treasured memories left behind in the hearts of those he loved... Much love to all of you, Maryse

Josh and Brandy Rose
November 28th, 2012 6:00pm

you will be greatly missed at the Feasts'.

T. Davis
November 26th, 2012 8:29pm
Spencerville cabin we built

In you eyes I saw the peacefulness of your heart that must surely have come from knowing you and Bridget had given the world three shining stars to carry on life in this world. And their future children will know the goodness of a grandfather now gone. RIP old pal.

Terri Carmichael
November 26th, 2012 7:57pm

Bridget, Caleb, Abby & Jeb- I want you to know that I am thinking of all you during this difficult time. It was always a joy to watch Rick on the field. He always brouhgt a smile to my face! God Bless all of you!

Kelsey and Kyle Toombs
November 26th, 2012 7:46pm

Bridget, Caleb, Abby, and Jed- Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to know Rick through Purdue Rugby. There are many fond memories, that we will hold onto for the rest of our lives. Love you all!

Steve Johns
November 26th, 2012 1:59pm
Cincinnati, OH

Rick was a true gentleman. Always a tough competitor on the pitch but a real friend afterwards. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Robert Bowser
November 26th, 2012 12:41pm
Indianapolis, IN

My prayer's are with you and your family during this difficult time. I never had the opportunity to meet Rick, however I know he was a good person who enjoyed life to it's fullest and a great father.

Steve & Lynn Pahs
November 26th, 2012 12:14pm
West Lafayette, In.

Your resume should include "Packrat". It was one of your best traits. Scrum Halfs are like that.

Jeremiah Johnson
November 26th, 2012 8:11am

Sunshine or thunder, a man will always wonder where........the fair wind blows... ...where ....the fair wind blows. Wernt no griz left anyway Feels like far

Tom Riethmiller
November 26th, 2012 3:57am
Ft Wayne

My condolences and sympathy go to the Frey family . Rick was a force and inspiration in the game and community of Rugby. I was blessed to have known him and inspired by being able to coach Caleb. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Warmest regards, Tom riethmiller

Tony Hamer
November 26th, 2012 3:44am

RIP my friend. Your drive, energy and commitment is a wonderful example for everybody who's life you touched.

Patty Corbett
November 25th, 2012 4:58pm

Rest in peace Rick. You were so nice to us (Joe Taylor's Red Birds) hiring us to play the pavilion at Bixler Lake in the summer series. My sincere condolences to all the family.

Patti Benedict
November 25th, 2012 4:45pm

Dear Frey Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.