William "Bill" Frickel, 89, passed away
peacefully on June 29, 2010, at Billings Clinic Hospital, from complications
Dad was born June 3, 1921, between Park
City and Laurel. His parents were David and Elizabeth Frickel; his
grandparents were David and Katie Frickel and Henry and Mary Reil. He grew
up in the Laurel area.
Dad was drafted in 1942 into the Army. He
served in the 508th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne. His unit parachuted
into France, behind enemy lines, the night before D-Day, June 6, 1944. He
also had combat jumps into Holland and Belgium. His unit was assigned as an
honor guard for General Eisenhower. Dad was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze
Star, Combat Infantry Badge and other medals. After his discharge in 1945 as
a Staff Sergeant, he returned to Laurel.
Dad worked for the Northern
Pacific-Burlington Northern Railroad until retiring in 1981. He loved to go
fishing, growing a garden and doing woodworking.
He married Violet Derheim on Aug. 23,
1947. From this union came five children.
Dad is survived by his wife of 63 years; sons, Bob (Kerry) Downing of Park
City, Dennis of Billings, Dwain (Debi) of Park City and Dean of Laurel;
daughter, Darlene (Bob) Campbell of San Leandro, Calif.; brother Dave and
sister Sally; 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nephews,
nieces, and he loved them all.
Dad is preceded in death by his parents
and stepmother Mary; sisters, Lydia Brester, Mary Kraft and Betty Pease;
brothers, Ruben, Adolph, Harold, Jim and Tom.
Source: Billings Gazette, Saturday, July