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Harvey (Sonny) C Frey


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Born 3/11/1925

Died 10/13/2006

Burial Date 10/21/2006

Harvey (Sonny) C Frey

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Harvey C. ““Sonny”” Frey, 81, of Highland Ave., Kutztown, died Friday, October 13, 2006 in The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, where he was a patient since September 28, 2006. He was the husband of Lulu H. (Moser) Frey. They were married August 22, 1945. Born in Kutztown, PA, he was a son of the late Harvey W. and Esther (Zwoyer) Frey. He owned and operated along with his wife, the former Frey’’s Store, Highland Ave, Kutztown and E. Main St., Fleetwood. He also owned and operated Fancy Pantry, catering and delicatessen, Kutztown. In addition, he owned and operated the former Crystal Bowl Bowling Lanes and ““The Kitchen”” restaurant, Kutztown, until his retirement in 1988. He was a 1942 graduate of Kutztown High School. He was a US Army veteran of WWII where he saw service in Italy as a member of the Ski Troops 10th Mountain Division. He was a 50 year member of Huguenot Lodge #377, F. & A.M., Kutztown, Reading Consistory and Rajah Shrine, Reading. He was a member of Kutztown Lions Club, Kutztown; member of former Hoch-Balthaser, Post #480, American Legion, Kutztown and Ray A. Master, Post #217, American Legion, Topton. He was also a member of the Kutztown Fair Board and served as its vice president for many years. He was a former member of Kutztown Jaycees. He was a member of Saint John’’s Lutheran Church, Kutztown, where he served several terms on church council. He is survived by Wife, Sons, Richard H. ““Dick”” husband of Eileen (Borghi) Frey, Lebanon, NJ, Jack W. husband of Linda L. (Brannan) Frey, Fleetwood; Sisters, Erma (Frey) widow of Paul Potteiger, Elizabethtown, PA, Estina (Frey) Gajda, Allentown, Ejay (Frey) Hoppes, Wescosville. In addition, he is survived by five Grandsons, Michael S. husband of April (Sweet) Frey, Brian J. husband of Dana (Honeywell) Frey, Kevin J. Frey, Scott W. Frey, and James M. Frey. He was predeceased by a sister Ellen (Frey) wife of LeRoy Adams, Kutztown. Funeral Services are Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 11:00 AM from Saint John’’s Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown. Private interment with Military Honors in Hope Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Tuesday, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Ludwick Funeral Home, 333 Greenwich St., Kutztown, and Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the church. Masonic Services are Tuesday at 8:15 PM. The family requests contributions be made to Saint John’’s Lutheran Church, 201 East Main Street, Kutztown, 19530 or American Cancer Society, 498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, 19605 or 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, 18017. Arrangements are by the Ludwick Funeral Home, Kutztown, PA.
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10th Mountian Division, Ski Troops, Italy

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In the Invasion of Italy, During the Second World War, The German Winter line, a chain of Heavily defended fortifications stretching the width of the Northen Boot, Known as the Gustav Line had to be Breached. In the Po River Valley Campaign, the Objective was to cross the River and establish a beach head on the German side. Sonny, at that time attached to an Engineer Unit, was operating a troop landing craft in the attempt to establish that beach head. Despite extended hours and exhausted, he refused relief, with the river currents dragging his craft down stream out from under the protective umbrella of air support and under constant enemy fire, Sonny maneuvered his craft across the Po, time an time again. For being instrumental in the success of the crossing and his relentless bravery under fire, Sonny received the Bronze Star. Sonny never shared this act of bravery until his final days, while confined to bed his son noticed a lump on his leg, concerned it should be looked at he mentioned this to his father. Sonny told him, “ It’s a piece of shrapnel from the war, His son said,” You should have received a Purple Heart for that,” Sonny replied, “Who needs a Purple Heart.” As with many Veterans who saw and survived the true horrors of War, Sonny was very modest about his contribution. (Po River Valley crossing, two day casualties, 91-KIA, 414-WIA, 1-POW)
Served in the Army
During the World War II

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