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Kerry S. Frymoyer
January 22, 2024
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Kerry Scott Frymoyer, 62, of Shillington, PA passed away peacefully on January 22, 2024 with his daughters by his side and David Byrne singing ‘Take Me to the River’ in the background. Our beloved Dad, Poppy, ‘Boonie’, and ‘Big Ker’ will be forever missed.
Kerry was born on November 11, 1961 as the youngest son to the late Kay (Brendle) and Paul Frymoyer. He graduated from Wyomissing Area High School and completed both his carpentry apprenticeship and journeyman certificate through the National Association of Home Builders.
A true lover of the outdoors and socializing through sport, Kerry’s many varied hobbies have included: hunting, archery, billiards, bowling, fishing, golf, arrowhead hunting, and metal detecting (among others). For the past few years, he served as president of the Oakbrook Relief Association (aka the Oakies) in Reading, PA. He loved many genres of music and could be found at dozens of live concerts a year. He was everyone’s perfectionist craftsman and ‘Mr. Fix-It’ and spent many evenings and weekends side by side with his family leading home improvement projects.
It is understatement to say he took pride in his work. His life’s motto: If you’re gonna do it, do it 100% or not at all was evident in all he did and is thoroughly inherited by both of his daughters. It was not uncommon to find him analyzing the plumb of a doorframe or inserting himself into a project someone was clearly doing incorrectly. Innumerable family and friends have a home that has been touched by Kerry’s hand-crafted expertise. His passion for excellent craftsmanship was also his life’s work. Throughout his career, he worked for NorthAmerican Homes, Schlegel Builders, and Uhrich Construction. For the past ten years, he has worked at Penn State Health - St. Joseph Medical Center as ‘the maintenance guy who chats with everybody and always has earbuds in’.
Evidence of his many passions are seen in his trail of drill bits, ticket stubs, flat construction pencils, golf tees, and post it notes, as well as in the friends he’s collected along the way. He was as friendly as they come and never ceased to find someone to chat and joke around with anywhere he went.
At any family gathering, ‘Uncle Boonie’ could be found on the floor playing with the kids and dogs. He was a gentle soul and loved to pester and tickle. A renewed side of ‘Poppy’ lit up when his grandchildren were born. Anytime they were around, he was cuddled up right next to them and in between, showed off their newest pictures to anyone who would indulge. Rosie, Lucy, and Ellis will miss him beyond words.
We will think of him always, but especially when we walk through the woods, hear a David Byrne song, see a PA vintage car license plate or a white Astro van, bite into a jalapeño popper, hit a cue ball with strategy, pull a book off our perfect shelves, screw a bit onto the drill, catch sight of a deer, hit a little luck on the slot machine, smell a toasting everything bagel, wear muddy boots, and watch his grandchildren continue to reflect his traits.
He is predeceased by his forever love and wife of 18 years, Rose (Owsik) Frymoyer, his beloved dog, Rissa, his brother, Rodney, and his niece, Theresa. He will be dearly missed by: his daughters, Sara Frymoyer Bishop (David) and Bridget Lee (Kevin); his adoring grandchildren, Rosie and Lucy Bishop and Ellis Lee; his sister and best friend, Sheri ‘Sis’ Pauley (Guy); his brothers, Paul ‘Buddy’ Frymoyer (Jane) and Dwaine Frymoyer; his longtime friend and confidant - who shared lots of love and many adventures, Pam Owsik; his dog and companion, Theresa; and so many more nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
His family would like to thank Penn State Health - St. Joseph Medical Center not only for the excellent love and care he received in his final days, but also for the gift of friendship and community that its employees added to his life (and now ours too!). We will be forever grateful for your kindness.
Services will be held at The Nature Place at Angelica Park - 575 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA - on Saturday, 1/27/24. Visitation from 1-3p, followed by a Memorial Service at 3:15p. Please come as you are and feel free to wear your favorite flannel in honor of Kerry. All are invited following the memorial service to share memories, laughs, food, & drink with the family.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in his honor to Brindle Buddies & Friends, 3231 Earl St. Reading, PA 19605 - by mail or via Venmo @brindlebuddies