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Stephen R. Frye

May 30, 2022

Stephen Reed Frye, 79, died May 30, 2022, at his home in Peabody, Kansas.


He was born on September 6, 1942, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of William and Margaret (Chalupa) Frye.


On January 5, 1964, Stephen was united in marriage to Marta Lorber. She preceded him in death in 2016.


Stephen was proud to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1961-1965.


He was employed with the United States Department of Labor-OSHA from 1973-1996. After he retired from the government, he became a truck driver and was self-employed as an occupational safety consultant.


Stephen enjoyed being outdoors: camping, fishing, boating, hunting, grilling, gardening; and just hanging out on his back porch with family, friends, and his loyal companion, Skippy.


He was a member of the Peabody United Methodist Church and the Peabody American Legion, where he served for a time as Commander, until he was no longer able to fulfill those duties.


Stephen is survived by his children: Christopher Frye of Hillsboro, Kansas and Dana & Travis Shaw of Durham, Kansas; 6 grandchildren: Emily, Samantha, Adam, Tiffany, Lindsey, & Ciara; and one great-grandchild, Paisley. Also, his brother, Bill Frye of Topeka, Kansas and his sister, Barbara Frye of W. Burlington, Iowa.


His sister, Bonnie Van Engen-McCullip, preceded him in death.


Following Stephen’s wishes cremation will take place. Stephen and Marta’s final resting place will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody, Kansas.


A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25th, 2022, at Peabody United Methodist Church in Peabody, Kansas.


Memorial donation in Stephens memory have been established for Post #95, Avenue of Flags (American Legion).

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11 thoughts on “Stephen R. Frye

  1. So many fond memories over the
    years. So many stories to tell. Always enjoyed our conversations catching up on our families. we know you are with Marta, and that helps our sadness. You will be missed by so many of us.

  2. We’ll be out of the country on the 25th, but our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family. He and Marta were good neighbors and will be missed.

  3. Chris, Dana and Family – So sorry for your loss, deepest sympathy. I worked with Steve at OSHA. Thanks for the memories Bro! I’m sure you are scoping out fishing in the Flint Hills with Jeff and Gil .. . or just mischief with Morrison. So many stories . . . until we meet again.

  4. I worked with Steve in OSHA during the 80s. He was my boss for a number of years and we had a few laughs together. We also retired about the same time in September 1996. The last time I saw Steve and Marta was in the Summer of 1999 when a mutual acquaintance, Jim Pavlacka passed away. I will print out Steve’s obit and place it with those of other friends and acquaintances for whom Bonnie and I pray daily for the repose of their Souls.

  5. Steve and I both worked for OSHA and Steve was my supervisor during the 80s, We had some laughs together and both retired in Sept 1996. The last time I saw Steve and Marta was in the Summer of 1999 at a funeral of joint acquaintance Jim Pavlacka. I will print out his obit and place it with those of our deceased friends, relatives, and acquaintances for whom Bonnie and I pray daily for the repose of their souls.

  6. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. He and Marta will always be remembered. I worked with Steve for a number of years. Family, my condolences and prayers of sympathies are with you. May God Bless You All!

  7. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Chris, Dana and family on the passing of Steve. I first met Steve while working in the Safety Department of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, we then both transferred to the Radiation Safety Dept of the Atomic Energy Commission in
    Burlington, Iowa. We then left to work with DOL-OSHA for the rest of our working safety career. There are so many fantastic memories not only at work but the softball and basketball teams we played on together. My fondest memories were the fishing trips we took with the families. Diane and I loved Steve, Marta, and the kids like they were our own family. We talked with Steve and Marta several times over the last few years but
    unfortunately were not able too see them before there passing. We will treasure there friendship forever!

  8. Sorry to hear of Steve’s death. At least he can be reunited with his beloved Marta now and together they can stroll the streets of heaven.

  9. Steve snd my father were very good friends! I can only imagine what kinds of things they are up too! I’m so sorry for your loss, he was a sweet man, he will be missed dearly!

  10. Steve and my father Larry were very good friends! I just know they are up there catching up on things! I’m so sorry for your loss, he will be missed dearly!

  11. Thank you all for your kind comments. My grandparents were both taken too soon. We miss them terribly. <3 Love Emmy

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