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Lee Fricke

d. July 23, 2010

Lee Roy Fricke passed away on July 23, 2010.
“Sonny” was born at home in Round Top, Texas on October 8, 1923, to Fred and Eugenia Vogelsang Fricke. He was the youngest of five children. They all called him “Sonny” from the day he was born. It wasn’t until he was much older that he actually named himself Lee Roy. He had three older brothers; Clinton, Fred, Jr. and Warren, who have all preceded him in death and one sister, Annie Louise Fricke Banik, who he is survived by.
He went into the U. S. Army in March of 1943 and served his country proudly and courageously in the Philippines, where his ship was sunk and he spent many days drifting in the ocean before finally being rescued by another ship. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, a Victory ribbon and four overseas Service Bars.
Upon returning home in 1946, he met and married Vera Mae Weyand in 1947. Sonny became a carpenter and a farmer in his early years, and then in 1950, he began operating a bulldozer for Virgil Frenzel. He did this for thirty-four years, before retiring in 1984. He then became a full-time farmer and rancher. Sonny and Vera loved tending to their livestock everyday—they loved their cattle.
Sonny also enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially dove hunting. He often went with family and friends on many trips to South Texas dove hunting, but was never fond of staying in a motel or eating out.
Sonny always enjoyed playing with his three grandkids; Leanne, Crista and Kyle. He got to play more with Kyle because of his retirement. We used to tell Sonny that it was his fault that Kyle hated to lose at anything, because Sonny would always let him win at whatever they played. His grandkids loved to go up to “Mamaw and Babaw’s” house to help feed all the animals, and do all the daily chores and most especially, because they got to do whatever they wanted and eat whatever they wanted.
Sonny had some tough times and some good times throughout his life. He wasn’t a man of many words, but he would always be able to get his point across and have that little sneaky smile on his face.
Lee Roy is survived by his wife Vera Mae, of Round Top; one son; Thomas Fricke and wife Roxanne of Round Top; three grandchildren; Leanne Fricke Pieper, Crista Lee Fricke Hanath and Kyle Thomas Fricke and by a sister; Annie Louise Fricke Banik.
Visitation is scheduled for Saturday July 24, 2010, from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange. The family will receive visitors from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday July 25, 2010, at 1:00 PM at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, in La Grange. Interment will follow at Florida Chapel Cemetery, near Round Top.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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