January 13, 2023

Start Time:

2:00 PM


Western Home Communities Chapel


420 East 11th Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Arrangements By:

Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories

Robert R. Fread

Robert Roy Fread was born April 8, 1935, in Blue Ash, OH, to Lesetta (Schwegler) and Claude L. Fread, Sr.  He graduated from Sycamore High School in 1953 and served for two years in the US Army, stationed in West Germany.  On November 25, 1961, Bob married Beverly J. Rankin at the Montgomery Presbyterian Church, OH, living most of their married life in Loveland, OH.  Bob spent his career as a maintenance worker for the Diamond National Co. (later Dynagraphics) in Norwood, OH, and ended his time there as a union representative for many years.  Bob always needed to be active, remodeling or fixing things around the house.  He enjoyed time with family, attending summer concerts with Bev, and following the Cincinnati Reds, and later, Waterloo Bucks baseball.  Raised in St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Reading, OH, he was then a charter member of Evandale Community Church, OH, serving on boards, as head usher and chairing many congregational suppers. In later years he enjoyed being part of Ripley United Church of Christ, Traer, IA.  He and Bev moved to the Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls, IA, in 2011, to be close to family. He passed from this life on January 8, 2023, with family by his side at the Martin Suites of the Western Home Communities.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Lesetta and Claude Fread; a beloved aunt, Erma Schwegler; his wife of 57 years, Bev; a brother Claude (Virginia) Fread and a sister Erma Jean (Elwood) Stickland.    He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Bob and Sue Fread of Hudson, IA; and granddaughters, Sara Fread of San Francisco, CA, and Hannah Fread (Seth Zike) of Cedar Falls, IA.

Memorials may be directed to the family and will be shared with Cedar Valley Hospice, the Western Home Foundation, the Quilt Ladies of Ripley United Church of Christ and the International Council of Community Churches.  The funeral will be on Friday, January 13, 2023, at 2:00 PM, at the Western Home Communities Chapel in Cedar Falls.



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