William Christopher Frye, of Craig, died Sept. 23, 2010, of lung cancer.
William was born Nov. 24, 1921, to Christopher and Gladys Ottinger Frye, the eldest of 10 children.
He grew up in rural Kansas on a family farm, and had his parents sign for him so he could join the Calvary at 15.
Bill enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army to fight in World War II, where he was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. He was injured three times in France and once in Belgium.
He was awarded the Purple Heart, Normandy invasion medal, Good Conduct medal, Presidential unit medal, American defense service medal, European-African-Middle Eastern campaign medal, World War II victory medal, Army occupation medal with Germany clasp, Honorable Service World War II lapel button, Marksman Badge with rifle bar, and three Bronze Stars associated with the European-African-Middle Eastern campaign medal.
He was in the Army from Aug. 24, 1940 to Aug. 30, 1945. He landed June 10, 1944 in Normandy.
In 1953, Bill married Margaret Mitchell Hill and helped to raise her two daughters, Karen and Shirley.
Years later, he and Margaret helped raise their grandchildren. After Margaret’s death in 2001, Bill married Georgia Hicks, of Craig.
Bill came to Craig in 1976 to work on the Craig power plant.
Over the years, he worked as a carpenter and a cowboy, but he was also passionate about gardening, hunting, fishing and caring for others. He enjoyed woodworking and snowmobiling.
Most of all, he loved to work and considered it a privilege, not a burden, to have a job to go to each day. Up until this time last year, Bill was going to work daily.
In addition to his faithful record of service to our country in the military, Bill also served veterans and their families for 18 years as the Moffat County Veterans Service Officer.
In those 18 years, he logged approximately 20,000 miles each year on his own vehicle, taking veterans to Denver and Grand Junction for medical appointments and to secure well-deserved benefits.
He received many awards for his faithful service to others.
As his family members said, Bill would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was a great, if vigorous cook, and was known locally for his prime rib, fruit pies and hunter’s stew.
Georgia respected his need for space in the kitchen, and learned to attack the mess only after Bill was completely finished cooking.
Bill put up all his own fruit pies, including a batch of fresh peaches three weeks before his death. He was loved by his family and his community, and will be greatly missed.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Shirley (Frank) Berg; granddaughters Penny (Bob) Zimmerman, and Tracy Henrie; grandson Carlos (Tina) Leyba; 11 great-grandchildren; wife Georgia Hicks Frye; family Janet (Doug) Camilletti, Lorrae (Lewis) Moon, Darcy (Todd) Kaisler, Doyle (Ashley) Moon, Rance Moon, Nate Moon, Coy Kaisler and Destre Kaisler; and many nieces and nephews.