Rev. Greg Way
Organist ~ Shelly Finck
Soloist ~ Lennis Mehlhaff
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
“I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”
“God Be With You”
Kevin Fowler, Jr.
Donald "Don" "Donnie" Frey was born December 12, 1946 to Alfred Emil Frey & Helen Christina (Batterman) Frey. He was born on a farm 5 miles south and 1 mile west of Tripp, SD in Bon Homme County. He was baptized & confirmed in the Reformed Faith and Church in Tripp, S.D. When Don was 1 1/2 years old his family moved into Tripp and Don later attended Tripp Public School, graduating from the 8th grade there.
Don worked for his father Alfred who owned/operated Frey Implement & Gas business, which later became Beck Implement. Don joined the SD National Guard at the young age of 18. He served in the guard for 22 years, which he was proud to be a part of. Don worked at C & R industries in Springfield, SD for a short time. In 1983, Don started working for the city of Tripp, later retiring in 2010.
Don was one of a kind, a true gentleman. He was thoughtful, loyal, compassionate, caring, and full of love for everyone. Don was always willing to help anyone with anything they needed. Don's best friend was "Jersey gir,l" his loyal golden retriever and ultimate joy. He found comfort, friendship, and love from her. He took Jersey everywhere. He enjoyed taking her to Tripp Lake for a run or a swim, and Jersey usually took over the driver’s seat when Don would get out of the van. They were inseparable.
Don enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and playing darts, as well as spending time with his sister Mary Ann and his family and friends. He enjoyed spending his time with all his nieces and nephews, great-, and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was a true friend to many. He loved all his family unconditionally and with respect and dignity,
In Don's final weeks before his sudden death, he enjoyed the Delmont Reunion with family and friends. He also made a trip to Rapid City with his "Watertown Family" as he called them, to celebrate a great-great-niece’s birthday. Two days prior to his death, he enjoyed going to the Zoo with family. Everyone who knew Don will forever be changed by his loyal, kind heart and gentle soul. He was truly a faithful servant to God, and taught us to serve the Lord in so many ways. Don was a member of the Friedens Reformed Church in Tripp.
Just 3 short weeks before his death, Don made a decision to move to Watertown to be near family. He was ready to begin a new chapter in his life and was ready to handle the journey that God had put before him. God however had a different plan for Don. It was time for Don to come home with the Lord, where he could be free from illness and pain, and relish in the beauty of heaven with his loved ones who passed before him.
He passed into the arms of our Savior with his sister Mary holding his hand and his niece Annette holding his other hand. With family all around him, he went in peace. He will forever be in our hearts, till we meet again Don, we love you.
On September 3, 2015, Don was welcomed into heaven by his Heavenly Lord, his parents Alfred and Helen, sister Darlene, brother Darvin, both sets of grandparents: Harm and Karolina (Drefs) Batterman and Edward and Katherine (Wiedrich) Frey, and many uncles and aunts.
He is survived and remembered by his sister Mary Ann (Frey) Beck, Watertown, SD; brother-in-law Don Kracht & wife Glenda, Junction City, KS; nine niece and nephews: Lynn (Beck) Dubois & friend Rick Carl, Boise Idaho, Cheryl (Beck) & James Cole, Trenton, NE Gene Beck Dell Rapids, SD, Tammy (Beck) & Anthony Flores, Rapid City, SD, Annette (Beck) & Jeff Gamber, Watertown, SD, Jerry & Patti Kracht, Olathe, KS, Joyce (Kracht) & Tom Maloney, Rochester, NY, Teresa (Kracht) & Fred Mastison, Chandler, AZ, and David & Tracey Kracht, Liberty, MO; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and 16 great-great-nieces and nephews, with one baby on the way in October.
We are blessed to have Don in our lives.
Go in peace Don and serve the Lord.