William S. “Bill” Frykberg, age 90, of Boyne City, died May 7, 2011 at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Petoskey.
Bill was born March 8, 1921 in West Hoboken, New Jersey, the son of William Samuel and Katherine (Anderson) Frykberg. At this time, gasoline was 11 cents per gallon. He grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey, with five siblings.
Following graduation from High School, Mr. Frykberg worked for Bendix Aviation Corporation in Bendix, New Jersey as a Journeyman Toolmaker. He married Virginia Walker and they had two children, Wendy and Randy. Virginia died in 1959.
Bill proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a gunner in a P-61 (Black Widow). After the war, he worked in the family bakery supply business in New Jersey until retirement in 1983.
Bill married Jeanne Moberg in 1965. They traveled extensively through the years, eventually moving to San Diego, California, the area he fell in love with during the service. He was an avid golfer and played many courses throughout the U.S. He loved music and the Big Band sound. Many dancing lessons honed his dancing skills.
Upon Jeanne’s death in 2002, Bill moved to Boyne City, Michigan, where he lived with his son Randy, and daughter¬-in-law, Diane. Here he became active in the Boyne Valley Garden Club, becoming a Master Gardener. He was often seen deadheading flowers throughout the City, riding his beloved John Deere tractor doing yard work at home or at the Greenhouse. One of his greatest loves was being a part of the Boyne Area Senior Center. Gentlemanly and courtly, he had a smile and kiss for each woman, along with a dance whenever there was music. Bill was an avid reader. He also enjoyed being a part of the Boyne Area Senior Steppers, having fun and good exercise with line dancing.
Survivors include daughter, Wendy Fast (Fran) of Dansville, New York; son, Randy Frykberg (Diane) of Boyne City, Michigan; step-daughter, Karen Johnson of Buffalo, New York; step-son, Kevin Gregory (Peggy), of Buffalo, New York; sister, Bettianne Stankus, of Jacksonville, Florida; grandson, Andrew Frykberg of Big Sky, Montana; grandson, Eric Frykberg of Boyne City, Michigan; granddaughter, Aminita Hart (Roy) of Las Vegas, Nevada; granddaughter Laura Fast (Trela) of Denver, Colorado; step-grandson, Sean Gregory, and step-daughter, Erin Gregory, both of Buffalo, New York; great grandchildren, Sage Phelps-Fast, and Xerenity Hart; and several nephews and nieces.
A memorial in Bill’s name has been set up for a new sound system at the Boyne Area Senior Center. If you wish, memorials may be sent to the Boyne Area Senior Center, 411 E. Division St., Boyne City, Michigan, 49712. At Bill’s request, no services will be held.
The family was served by Stackus Funeral Home, Boyne City, Michigan. His body, at his request, has been donated to The University of Michigan Hospital for purpose of geriatric anatomical study.