Edward Lee “Ed” Frey, 84, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, KS. He was born May 14, 1936 in Garden City, KS, the son of Frank O. and Charlene B. (Helsel) Frey.
Ed grew up on the family farm in Haskell County, KS. He graduated from Satanta High School in 1954. He then attended and graduated from Garden City Community College with an Associate’s in Science degree in 1956. Ed then earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Fort Hays State University in 1958. He then served in the United States Army, entering in 1959 at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and discharged in 1961 at Fort Carson, CO. He then served in the Army Reserves until 1965 when he was discharged in Omaha, NE.
Following the service, Ed returned back to the family farm where he worked most of his life as a farmer and stockman. Having a passion for conservation, Ed was known for planting and growing trees. He loved forestry, building windbreaks, and planting fruit trees. In 2003 he was awarded by the Kansas Forest Service in Haskell County, Outstanding Forest Steward. In 2004, Ed also earned the Farmer and Rancher Wildlife Conservationist Award. Ed was also an avid H O train enthusiast. On June 7, 1987, he married Lorita J. Davis in Garden City, KS. They have lived in Garden City since the time of their marriage. Ed continued his farming and ranching career until his retirement in 1998.
Survivors include his wife, Lorita J. Frey of the home; three sisters-in-law Carlene and husband Curtis Bandt of Calhan, CO, Marylyn and husband Kerry Gough of Scott City, KS, and Leanna and husband Johnnie Nevin of Colorado Springs, CO; 10 nieces and nephews, Shane Holstead, Matthew and wife Brook Roark, Michelle and husband Brooks Crane, Allison Gough, Makenzie and husband Brett Quintana, Rebecca Nevin, and Martin Gough; and six great nieces and nephews, Emillia Roark, Preston Crane, Audrey Roark, Ariana Crane, Evelyn Quintana, and Wyatt Quintana. Ed is preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to the Finney County Humane Society, Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, or the Donor’s Choice all in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City, Kansas. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com
Published on December 07, 2020