Leonard E. Frerking, 89 of Summerfield, KS, died January 12, 2019 at Cambridge Place Nursing Home in Marysville. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, May 26, 2019 at First Lutheran Church, Summerfield, KS. A dinner immediately followed at the Summerfield Community Center. He was the oldest born of five children to William and Martha (Mueller) Frerking on March 31, 1929 in Herkimer, KS. He attended school at Green Valley, Bethlehem Lutheran, and Marysville High School. Over the years he had a variety of jobs including Georgia Pacific, Hall Brothers, Coca Cola, Rainbo Bread, Farming, Landoll Corporation, Summerfield Propane, and was owner of the grocery store in Summerfield, KS for over 15 years. While stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force base he met, and later married, Irene Sewell at Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson Arizona on August 30, 1952. He was a member of Lion’s Club, American Legion, and Men’s Club at church before they were disbanded. His love for flying started while in the Air Force and later he built a Pitts Special, his pride and joy, which he named “Sweetie” after his wife, Irene. He enjoyed going to air shows and showing off for the locals, doing loops and flying upside down. Later he took up fishing, camping, woodworking, making crafts, and restored his ’38 Chevy. He and Irene enjoyed going to Indian Lake, TX and being “Snowbirds” for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; parents in-law, Hope and Irene Sewell; brothers-in-law, Hope (June) Sewell and Wilber (Virginia) Sewell; sisters-in-law, Alma (Vern) Bouchee and Martha (Carl) Appelin; brother, Arlan (Joyce) Frerking; and sister, Inez Plegge. Survivors include his wife; children, Deb (Neil) Dierking of Liberty, NE, Scott (Shelia) Frerking and Gay (Doug) Frazee both of Summerfield, KS, and Lisa (Wallace) Carter of Centerville, IA; brother Merlin (Darlene) Frerking of Herkimer, KS, and sister Nila Miller of Topeka, KS; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A memorial fund has been established at First Lutheran Church, Summerfield, KS.
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