Arthur Frey
Arthur Frey
Arthur Frey
Arthur Frey
Arthur Frey
Arthur Frey

Obituary of Arthur Kerry Frey

On his birthday, December 17, 2020, Arthur “Kerry” Frey was released from a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; his sweet spirit and loving attitude prevailing until his last breath. Kerry was a man of integrity, compassion, and tenderness, enriching the lives of the people he knew. He lived a life of service with great humility, strength, and unrelenting passion; he literally and figuratively dedicated his hands and heart to his work. As a beloved husband of 53 years, Kerry cherished his wife, Val (Little) Frey, and was a dedicated family man. He was a loving father and role model to his three daughters, Neicy Frey, Julia Bytnar, and Mary Hawk; as well as attentive to his six grandchildren and his nieces and nephews, modeling integrity, kindness, and service to the greater good. As a colleague, Kerry was always a team player and gave himself wholeheartedly to the group mission. He was a faithful friend and mentor to many. Kerry committed his days to loving God and passing God’s love to others through prayer, words, and service. Kerry was an exceptional athlete and enjoyed many recreational sports throughout his adult life, playing racquetball, squash, golf, softball, and downhill and cross-country skiing. Kerry loved camping and set up tents at Round Lake in Idaho, as well as the hills in South India where he enjoyed fishing, hiking and swimming with the family. Kerry was often found shooting hoops with the grand-kids, nieces, and nephews in the backyard or watching a Zags or Seahawks game on TV. Kerry had a pleasant personality; he could be both serious and light-hearted and was just as ready for a deep intellectual or philosophical conversation as he was to tell a corny joke. He loved hunting for antiques to refinish and spent many hours tinkering away in his workshop. Kerry was an avid reader; his favorite book being the Bible. In his later years, neighborhood evening walks with Val completed their day. Kerry attended Wilson grade school where his Mother, Thora Frey, was the school secretary. He went on to Lewis and Clark High School, where his Father, Art Frey, was a coach and History teacher. Kerry was voted “Friendliest Boy” his freshman year. In his sophomore, junior, and senior years, Kerry lettered in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track, and was a student body officer. He graduated in 1960, receiving the Tom True award for all-around achievement. He was also awarded LCHS “Outstanding Boy Athlete”. Kerry attended the University of Washington where he lived at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and played on the UW Baseball team. He received his BS from Eastern Washington University in Physical Education and his Physical Therapy degree from Children’s Hospital in Hollywood CA. Kerry was married to Valerie in 1967. The couple lived in California and Europe before having children. Back in Spokane, Kerry worked as Head Athletic Trainer at Eastern Washington University for 5 years, and then became the Director of Physical Therapy Education Development for 3 years, laying the groundwork for the PT school at EWU. During this time at Eastern, Kerry received his Masters degree in Health Sciences. In 1976, Kerry and Val attended Fuller Seminary in Pasadena CA in preparation for their international mission work. The Frey family moved to South India in 1978, where Kerry and Val worked at CMCH (Christian Medical College and Hospital) in Vellore, under assignment of the American Baptist International Ministries. Kerry served as Director of the Physio Therapy school for 7 years. He also worked as a PT Clinician and in student ministries on the college campus. During this time, Kerry developed orthopedic footwear for people with leprosy with Dr. Paul Brand. The Freys continued their international ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where they served as dorm parents for 4 years at Dalat International School, a missionary boarding school, in Penang, Malaysia. Upon returning to the USA, Kerry finished his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Gonzaga University. He worked as Director of Physical Therapy at Touchmark Retirement Community and also worked as a clinician with Providence Visiting Nurses Association in Spokane until his retirement. The last 3 years of his life, Kerry lived at North Central Care Center where the staff provided exceptionally loving and attentive care. Kerry is preceded in death by his parents Art and Thora Frey. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; Daughters: Neicy Frey and her children, Elie and Boaz; Julia Bytnar and husband Brad and their children, Zachary and Georgia; Mary Hawk and her children, Levi and Lyric; Kerry’s sister, Gretchen Horne and her children; and in-law families, John and Liz Little and their children, and Paul and Deneice Hastings and their children. Kerry spread the fragrant aroma of Christ wherever his feet trod. As a good and faithful servant of the Lord, he completed his mission here on earth; a job fantastically done. Due to Covid-19, a virtual memorial will be announced by the end of January 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kerry’s name to: Youth For Christ, Spokane WA. Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore S. India. For memorial details and for direct links to donate, visit www.jernsfh.com
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Celebration of Life

Virtual Celebration
Over the internet
Spokane, Washington, United States
A Virtual Celebration of Life service will be announced by end of January 2021

Inurnment

Spokane Memorial Gardens
5909 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd
Spokane, Washington, United States
5094482620
Section: 157 C
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