OBITUARY: Ronald Ernest Frye, Melbourne Resident of 70 Years, Passed Away Sept. 22 at Age 87

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Mel-High Graduate Moved to Eau Gallie in 1951

Ronald Ernest Frye, a long-term resident of Melbourne, passed away surrounded by his beloved family on September 22, 2021. He was 87 years young and was still planning for many more memorable adventures with his loved ones.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Ronald Ernest Frye, a long-term resident of Melbourne, passed away surrounded by his beloved family on September 22, 2021. He was 87 years young and was still planning for many more memorable adventures with his loved ones.

Ron was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada but spent his youth in Medford, Oregon, until relocating to Eau Gallie, Florida in 1951. Ron graduated from Melbourne High School in 1952 and continued his advanced education at the University of Florida and Florida Tech in Engineering.

He proudly served in the Florida National Guard, with the Eau Gallie Police Auxiliary, and was employed by several of the major corporations involved in the space and defense industries as well as the marine industry.

Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Marlene; and his two children, Ron and Linda, and their spouses, Marian and Jay. Known as “Opa” by everyone, he was especially loved by his four grandchildren, Brandon, Kelsey, Kalin, and Camron, and their spouses Meegan and Herman; and his five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Keegan, Haiden, Morgan, Lauren, and all their cousins.

Ron is also survived by his brother, Robie, and cousins, Mary and David. He was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Margaret Frye, and sister, Betty Morris.

Opa loved his family above all else and especially cherished the opportunities like travel, holiday gatherings, impromptu breakfast or dinners, and other occasions in order to gather to laugh, eat, drink, and share the time creating new memories with those that he loved.

A Celebration of the Life of Ronald E. Frye Service will be on Saturday, October 2 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church/Highland Avenue Fellowship; 1591 Highland Avenue; Melbourne, FL 32935. Visitation by Family and Friends is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11 a.m.

Following the service will be a procession to Florida Memorial Gardens; 5950 South Hwy US1; Rockledge, FL 32955 for interment with military honors.

Following the graveside service, a reception will be held in the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial Gardens. Flowers may be sent to the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home at fumch.org and would be greatly appreciated.

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