Obituary: Ron Frye

Ron Alfred Frye, 70, of Lebanon died at his home Sept. 8, 2010.

He was born Feb. 17, 1940 in Milford, N.H. to George and Alma (Vander-Hayden) Frye. He attended Milford High School and graduated in 1958. He played numerous sports, but excelled in basketball. In 1958 his team won the state championship.

Mr. Frye loved playing, singing and writing music from a young age. He and his brother Leon put together a band in 1968 and headed for San Diego, Calif., performing there for a long while. One night they were the lead band on stage for Janis Joplin.

Mr. Frye left the band and came to Oregon. He found work in construction and painting and managed a mobile home park in Lebanon. He continued to write and play music and recorded a couple CDs. He attended St Edward’s Catholic Church regularly and began writing songs of faith. He played guitar and sang with the choir and the charismatic prayer group. This became his biggest joy.

Mr. Frye is survived by his brother, Leon, of New Hampshire; and three children, James of Georgia, Cynthia Upshaw of Georgia, and Jennifer Maloney of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma; his younger brother Gary; and his former wife, Vivian.

A funeral Mass is planned at noon Friday, Sept. 17, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Lebanon, following Rosary at 11:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul through the church office.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.