OBITUARY

Philip Bruce Frey

May 20, 1946January 21, 2019
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Philip B. Frey of Salem Oregon died unexpectedly January 21st, 2019 after suffering a heart-attack. Phil was in good spirits and joking with family and hospital staff a few hours before his death. Phil is survived by his wife of 45 years Karen Frey, his children; Amy Shelton, Matt, Andy, Peter, and Chris Frey, brothers; Bob and Don Frey, and 8 beloved grandchildren. Phil was preceded in death by his father Elmo Frey, brothers; Jim and Bill Frey, sisters; Sandra Struven and Susan Cain, and mother, Elaine Frey. Phil was a high school National Honor Society member, on the World Team for wrestling, and served in the ARMY. He was the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling champion four years in a row and continued his love for wrestling by coaching his children and starting Keizer Youth Wrestling Club. Phil graduated from Oregon State University, where he was an All American wrestler, with a B.S. in Sociology and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a Catholic fraternity, and earned All-American honors in 1969. He owned Frey's Thriftways stores with his brothers Bill and Jim. After they divided the stores Phil continued to work in his Portland Rd. store where he exuded the friendly, helpful service that encompassed his life's work. Phil proudly served as a board member for Chemeketa Community College for 11 years and worked as the Director of Auxillary services at CCC for 13 years until he retired; 21 years on the Willamette ESD board, 7 years on Maps Credit Union board, several years on the St. Vincent de Paul choir, and two terms on the Pastoral Council. In his spare time he enjoyed being with his grandkids and traveling with his grandson Alec. Phil touched many lives through his various roles. Phil's most cherished roles were being the best husband, father and grandfather. We love you Dad! "Winners never quit and quitters never win." Phil Frey A viewing will be held at Howell Edwards Doerksen, 1350 Commercial St. SE Salem, OR 97302 from 3-7pm Friday 01/25/19. Rosary will be said from 11:10-11:30 with Mass to follow Saturday, January 26th at St. Vincent de Paul 1010 Columbia St. NE Salem, OR 97301 at 11:30 a.m. Private interment will take place at Belcrest Memorial Park. For those wishing to make memorial contributions donations can be sent to the Optimist Club of Salem Foundation with a note that it is for the Frey Foundation. This foundation was started many years ago and the money goes to fund camperships at the YMCA Camp. PO Box 262, Salem, OR 97308.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Funeral Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
REMEMBERING

Philip Bruce Frey

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Amy Shelton

January 25, 2019

Thank you all for writing memories of our dad. It is such a gift to read theough these. I honestly don't know how he did it. He always made time for us kids whether it was coaching sports, giving advice, supporting us through difficult times, taking us on vacations, encouraging us in our faith, babysitting, giving us financial advice he we knew how much he loved us. He did this all while volunteering for various events, attending meetings for all the boards he was on, visiting friends, and working. I am honored to call him Dad. My son Alec contacted OSU who is honoring Dad tonight between the 5th and 6th match of the tournament. My niece Taylor worked to coordinate the time so we could be at the viewing and make it on time, my daughter Corinna said what a great way to honor Grandpa and watch wrestling together. Love you Pop!

Bonnie Perry

January 25, 2019

Phil hired me in 2010 as Coordinator of the textbook department for Chemeketa Bookstore. When you meet Phil, you know immediately that he has an unconditional love for God, family, his alma mater, wrestling, and community among other things. Although we only worked together for a couple of years before he retired, he left me with a lasting impression. One of the funniest memories I have of him is when several of us at the bookstore went to PCC together. Phil drove and it was like going on Mr. Toads Wild Ride at Disneyland. Lots of wrong turns, jerks, and short stops. Though he had my adrenaline pumping, I don’t think I’ve had as many laughs as I had that day. So Phil may not be remembered as a great driver, he will be remembered as a great father, husband, and humanitarian! His legacy will be remembered for years to come.

Jerry Woodcock

January 24, 2019

So sorry to hear this. Deepest sympathies to Phil's family. Phil was a shining example of community service. His light will continue among the lives he touched - whether through the Optimists, YMCA, Camp Silver Creek, Chemeketa or others... and of course his beloved Beavs.
Phil was a longtime member of our annual YMCA Camp Silver Creek Alumni Association Golf Tournament Committee, sending kids to camp regardless of family finances. He served as our chair from 2006 - 2008 and has been on our committee for nearly 20 years. His smile, his laugh, his irrepressible positivity will be greatly missed!
After soldiering thru some health issues & back pain last year, he was ready to go for our 2019 campaign. As we prepared for the year's 1st meeting earlier this month, Phil responded with a typical "I'm ready to help out however I can ...either day works for me!"
Phil's life will continue as a blessing to us. An old camp story once ended with "carve your step both wide and deep, so others behind may follow" Thanks Phil, we'll do our best - we know you did!
At every YMCA Camp Silver Creek campfire, with kids in awe of it all, we'll surely know whose spirit is shining through that (Beaver)orange fire light.
Love & Prayers to the extended Frey family & friends.
Jerry Woodcock, CSCAA

Tammy Tourville

January 24, 2019

I met Phil back in the 80's as a teen when he married Karen. Karen's mom and dad were our parents best friends. A year or two later I applied at Freys Theiftway on Lancaster and Phil hired me as a carry out clerk. I had a great time there and learned much. He was very good to me and always had a smile. RIP Phil.

Melinda Mokalla

January 24, 2019

I met Phil through his work with the Optimist Club of Salem and the COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays. I loved having a few moments before our meetings to hear his stories. He was such an interesting person with an extra large heart!!! I imagine losing him is huge for his family and friends, because he had a quiet way of filling the room with warmth. I wish everyone well as you figure out life without him. I am really thankful for the opportunity to have known and worked with him❤️

Gail Williams Pickett

January 24, 2019

How many times can a person say Phil was a great guy? As many as it takes. Phil was a kind, funny and caring man and it was such a privilege to work with him at Chemeketa. For many years Phil took advantage of his status as an OSU season ticker holder and as a result many trips to the Civil War game ensued for those of us lucky enough to be able to buy a ticket and attend. While I'm a proud Duck fan, I've got to say, Go Beavs! for Phil.

Shirley Comstock

January 24, 2019

To all the Frey Family, We are so so sorry for you all! Phil was the best boss I have ever had at the Chemeketa Bookstore and he was a great friend! We are so so bummed that he is gone and My husband Doug and I will miss him and his wonderful laugh! We are so glad we had the privilege of knowing him and we just want you all to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and difficult time! My heart goes out to all of you! RIP Phil, Until we meet again! Love and Hugs Doug and Shirley Comstock

Cheryl Lonergan

January 24, 2019

I worked with Philip for many years at Chemeketa Community College. He always brought a smile and joy to everyone he met with such gentle caring-everyone was important in his eyes. His smile will continue to brighten through his family.

Cheryl

Bruce Davis

January 24, 2019

I first met Coach Frey when I joined KYWC. I believe I was in fifth grade. He really seemed to care a great deal about us kids, making sure we warmed-up properly before each practice, and in addition to his technical skills, was overall an excellent leader. I had friends who were already part of KYWC and I made some new friends while I was there. My favorite move was the "head and arm", won a bunch of matches with that. The couple years I was there represented the most time I ever spent with my Dad (he was an Assistant Coach) as a child, so it was extra special.

Later on, I had the opportunity to work at his store. He was the same guy as he was when I was wrestling years before: confident, friendly, professional, caring and had a great sense of humor.

I am happy I was able to know him, even for only a little while.

And, I will never, ever, forget (because it's forged into my mind, due to chanting it at every wrestling practice, and because it has helped me through many challenges off the mat) "Winners Never Quit, and Quitters Never Win!"

Thanks Coach. May you rest in peace.

-Bruce

Jack Olson

January 23, 2019

Phil was my wrestling partner at OSU. What a competitor. He was really tough, great head and arm. I always told him I made him tough (he was already tough). What a polite nice man. I got to know Phil even more at the IOC. We talked about our families, and what we were doing the previous year. I will miss Phil at meets and the IOC. What a great example of a man to emulate. Jack Olson

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