David Lee Frey

March 1, 1942December 31, 2020

David Lee Frey, 78, of Ankeny passed away on December 31, 2020 in the care of Suncrest Hospice surrounded by his family. He was born on March 1, 1942 to Earl Bernard and Mary Alice (Comp) Frey in Oskaloosa, and grew up on a farm between St. Charles and Patterson, Iowa. He raised champion Hampshire hogs and was active in 4-H. David graduated from Winterset High School in 1959. He then began his career in auto sales in Des Moines. On August 31, 1962, he married Connie Faye Lull. David was a people person. He loved to talk and did not know a stranger. He taught auto body classes at DMACC, worked lining up cars for the races at the Iowa State Fair, and enjoyed attending auctions and dealing antiques. David loved auto racing, hunting pheasant and quail, going fishing, watching his favorite baseball teams play, and going to see the Des Moines Buccaneers.

David was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Jason Frey. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Connie; two sons, Scott (Reyna) Frey and Michael (Dannie) Frey; two brothers, Bernard (Judy) Frey and James (Cheryl) Frey; six grandchildren, Orlando (Autumn) Frey, Natalia Orozco, Scott Jr., Veronica, Anthony, and Andrew; and three great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Chavez, Augustine Frey, and Camilla Chavez.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Patterson United Methodist Church.


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Jean Greenwood

January 8, 2021

Thanks to Dave for the help he gave to three of our oldest children finding them jobs or letting them stay at the Frey home while working or going to school in Des Moines.
Dave enjoyed the country life and growing up on the Frey farm where he enjoyed the fresh vegetables from gardens and great country meals prepared by his mother Mary Frey. Like some say, “ You can take a person out of the country but you can’ t take the country out of the person.” I believe that was true with Dave. Many good and fun memories with Dave, Connie, and boys either at their home or ours.
Sending love thoughts and prayers to all the Frey family
Jean Greenwood and Family

Dan Greenwood

January 7, 2021

My condolences to my cousins and their families. I will always remember Dave taking Scott and I to an Iowa Oaks game when we were little and being excited to be there. It is a great memory. And of course all the times our families got together during the 70’s and 80’s are great memories too. Rest In Peace Dave. 🙏

Angela Wilson

January 7, 2021

My best memory of Uncle Dave is when he and Aunt Connie came to visit us in Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Superior. He was very entertaining to Aaron and Cherie with his humorous banter around the campfires at night. He actually burned his big toe somehow and he hopped around dramatically making us all laugh. I think he enjoyed making us laugh more than he hurt his toe! Aaron and Cherie especially loved when he produced Snickers bars for their enjoyment. He had such a fun and giving spirit. I know he will be missed so much. Prayers of comfort for you Aunt Connie, Mike, and Scott.
With love,

Edwina (Frey) Baker

January 4, 2021

I'm sorry to hear of David's passing. I'm haven't kept up with the Frey brothers except Bernard via Christmas cards and Jim on facebook. My brother Dean has kept me up with Dave and family. I used to stay with them for a few days long ago and had such fun. I think Dave was a special man and well loved. Blessings to all your family.

Nancy Wildin Horn

January 3, 2021

I am sorry to her of David's passing. I remember him and his brothers from school in Patterson. His mother, Mary, played piano for church in Patterson for years while I sang in the choir. May God give your family peace and strength in the days ahead.

Dave and Martha Lathrum

January 1, 2021

We loved Dave. We laughed so much at the good times. The wood stove pipe falling off. Dave and him chasing the fire truck down the dirt road and they got stuck and My Dave had to carry your Dave out on his back. And the night our chimney caught on fire and those two were going up the ladder on a snowy roof to put the fire out. And our eggs biscuit and gravy breakfasts. Dave told me to bring fried potatoes once and was upset that they were not crispy. We had so much fun with you guys Dave will be missed. Love you all. Dave and Martha Lathrum