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3/4/14

Death of a Classmate - Wayne T. Frye 16th Co.



FRYE, Wayne Thomas  Colonel USAF(Ret)

Wayne T Frye, Colonel USAF(Ret), died February 26, 2014 of myocardial infarction at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He was born in Trinity, KY on November 6, 1930 to the late Clive and Jane (Tully) Frye.

After graduating from Manchester High School in 1948, he joined the Marines where he was given the opportunity to attend the Naval Academy Prep School. He entered the Naval Academy at Annapolis and was in the 16th Company.  While there he was a member of the famous "Great Eight” that won the 1952 Olympic Gold Medal in Men's Coxed Eights Rowing Crew. Wayne graduated With Honors in 1954, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force, where he became a fighter pilot.  After serving at Niagara Falls and Andrews Air Force Bases, he attended MIT where he earned an MS. He then taught at the US Air Force Academy, and in 1964 attended and then became an instructor at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School. In 1968 Wayne served in Vietnam where commanded the 555th Fighter Squadron, called the Triple Nickel. During that time he flew 266 combat missions, was awarded 2 Silver Stars, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 15 Air Medals and a Purple Heart.

He retired in 1974 with 22 years active duty. He was a former employee of Sundstrand, Continental Airlines, Leach Corp, and taught at the Maysville Community College. He was inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012. He was a member of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association and belonged to the Bentonville Community Church.

He is survived by his wife: Glenda (Lawrence) Frye of Manchester, OH, his children: Jeff (Shari) Frye of Long Beach, CA, Jon Frye of Oceanside, CA, Julie (Greg) Haynie of Corona, CA, and Wayne (Chip) T. Frye, Jr. of Costa Mesa, CA, his step children: Michael (Rosa) Tracy of Maysville, KY, Julie (Danny) Allen of Maysville, KY and Brad Johnson of San Francisco, CA, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Visitation was Friday evening at the Manchester High School, with funeral services following the next day March 1 at the Manchester High School located on Wayne Frye Drive, Manchester, OH. Burial followed at the Manchester Cemetery with Military graveside services provided by the Adams County Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to Manchester Community Care Center, P O Box 493, Manchester, OH 45144-0493

Semper Fidelis,  Wayne T.
Ed Tipshus '54

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