In loving memory of

John Frey
December 7, 1948 - November 25, 2019

John Frey, of Summit Lake, died suddenly of natural causes Monday, November 25, 2019. He was 70 years old. He was born on December 7, 1948, in Antigo, a son of William and Rosemary (Heffernan) Frey. He married Lynn Jansen on September 21, 1974, in Whitefish Bay. She survives.

He graduated from Antigo High School with the class of 1967 and went on to receive a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

John enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany where he served as a Chaplains Assistant.

Following military service he was employed at Duffek Sand and Gravel for a number of years and later as a sales representative for Axim Concrete Technologies.

He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #662, Antigo and enjoyed golfing, hunting, and helping others in the woods and around the lake.

Survivors including his wife Lynn are a son, Joe (Susan) Frey, Whitefish Bay and their daughter Marguerite; a daughter, Jane (Mason) Mitchell, Rhinelander; two brothers, Patrick (Cherie) Frey, Polar, Thomas (Joni) Frey, Boise, Idaho; he is further survived by his wife's family: Cynthia Jansen, Joana (Steve Levy) Jansen and Mark (Cat) Jansen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Rich Gottsacker.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating.

Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Hobo died at the hunting cabin doing what he loved to do, on the land he spent hours working on, with his son and best friends. His family will be lost for a while without him but they know he showed them how to love and care for each other.


Martin Vachon wrote on Feb 4, 2020:

"Lynn, sincere condolences. John was such a good person. I truly enjoyed every moments we spent together during the 10 years we worked at Axim. He will be deeply missed. Sincerely, Martin"

Pete Duffek wrote on Dec 4, 2019:

"Hobo and I grew up on the same block. We went to grade school and high school together. We were best friends, and he was the best man at my wedding. you Hobo had only one flaw. He had to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings so I wouldn't get to play with him until after lunch. Hobo, you will be missed but not forgotten. "

Rosanne smith wrote on Dec 3, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss . Sincere condolence "

Ann Hoffmeister wrote on Nov 29, 2019:

"We will remember the many lengthy conversations we had with John, on Mill Road, as we walked our dogs around the lake, over the years. May you find comfort and peace in your treasured memories. We are thinking of you. Ann and Randy Hoffmeister"

Kathy Mueller wrote on Nov 28, 2019:

"Lynn: Dave & I are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thought & prayers thoughts will be with you. "

Bill Stowers Merrimac wi. wrote on Nov 28, 2019:

"Mrs. Frey and family so sorry for your loss. John and i were drafted together 48 years ago nov. 10th.John was always a fun guy to be around he was always telling stories about his friends in antigo. you are in our thoughts and prayers god bless all of you in this hard time. Bill Stowers"

Mike Mosher wrote on Nov 27, 2019:

"Sorry to hear about John passing away. We Hudson Street kids always had fun together. I am sure John will be greatly missed. Mike Mosher (Miety Moe) "

Renee wrote on Nov 27, 2019:

"John was always so nice and so friendly to us whenever we saw him at Bass, after golf, or at Sammy's. Lovely person who we will miss since we've gotten to know him.???????? Dan & Rene Wink"

Mike Sheldon wrote on Nov 27, 2019:

"John was my roommate my first year in college. Lots of great memories and laughs. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. Prayers for all the family and friends whose lives he touched. "

Donna Evans wrote on Nov 27, 2019:

"So sorry for the loss of your brother, Pat, and the loss to John?s family. Sincere condolences."

Bob Bornemann wrote on Nov 27, 2019:

" thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. John was one of a kind and will be missed by many. Born"

John Aschenbrenner “Muskie” wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"John, I, Mike Sheldon Jack Filbrant and Guy Beetow(sp) Dave Diehl all love together at Simms hall in St Point and were friends for years. He will be missed but not forgotten in our hearts."

Mary Ann Pollock wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"Lynn and family - it was a privilege to have known John and to have gone to high school with him. I?m so sorry that he left you so soon. I hope you find a measure of peace in the coming days "

Terry and Jamine Kretz wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"Terry enjoyed golfing with John on Thursday?s when he could golf. John was always so easy too talk with when we saw him. A great guy! Blessings too each and everyone of you. Terry and Jamine Kretz"

Ginny Meharg wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"Lynn and family --- I am so very sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed visiting with John and he was truly one of the good guys. I have so very many fond memories of this man and cannot imagine how deeply you will miss him. Know that we will always remember him as a treasured person of the Class of '67. Ginny Meharg "

Lynn Boreson wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"Lynn: I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. I send my sincere sympathy to you and your family, as well as John's friends. I hope you find support and comfort in one another. My thoughts will be with you!"

Raeann Rowland wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"I remember John smuggling his new puppy into the dental office to see me. I was busy with a patient who turned out to be a good friend of his, so he plopped the puppy on his chest. One of the best days at the office ever. "

Beth (Hermann) Taylor wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"My sympathies to the family and to all who knew John and kept him in their hearts. I pray the Lord give you strength and acceptance and that your fond memories and love carry you through this life until you meet him again. May God Bless."

Kate vandeHey wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"So very sorry for your loss John will be missed ? kate VandeHey"

Jeanne- Jim Peters wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"Our thoughts and prayers to Lynn and family. Our hearts are saddened but we do know of God?s great goodness. May you be surrounded by friends and family to give you lots of hugs and love. Our hugs from a distance. Jeanne and Jim Peters"

Jane Duffek Shinners wrote on Nov 26, 2019:

"Every time I ran into him he had a funny story to tell because he was such a good friend to my two brothers. He grew up in the Hudson Street neighborhood. I will surely miss his humor. "