12/22/05 — ROBERT FRICK

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Oct. 9, 1915-Dec. 2, 2005

Robert Samuel Frick, 90 died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital on December 2, 2005.

He was a resident of Park Gables at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Mr. Frick was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 9, 1915, to George Walter and Amy Gertrude Swart Frick. He grew up in Westville, N.J., and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1932. His parents and two brothers, George W. Frick Jr. and Charles H. Frick, predeceased him.

Mr. Frick enrolled for a short period of time in South Jersey College of Law and Yale University until he left to serve in the Army Air Corps and U. S. Air Force. He served from May 1940 to March 1946 as a Fighter Pilot and Flight Test Engineer, receiving commendations from "Hap" Arnold and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was the first commissioned Engineer Officer at Camp Springs Air Force Base, which is now Andrews Air Force Base. After the war, Mr. Frick became a pharmaceutical sales representative for Lederle Laboratories, a division of American Cyanamid. The last fifteen of those years were spent as a specialist with Military Personnel in Washington, D.C., and European Countries.

Mr. Frick was an avid reader, golfer, fisherman, billiard player, and violinist. He was a member of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and The P-47 Thunderbolts Pilots Association Club, and was a past member of the Lions Club and the Walnut Creek Country Club of Goldsboro, N.C.

Mr. Frick is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann Holmes Wilburn Frick, whom he married November 25, 1943. They had three children: Robert Samuel Frick Jr. (deceased 1983) and his wife, Susan Chapman Frick of Tampa, Fla.; William Walter Frick of Houston, Texas; Ann Frick Hepner Holtzman, and her husband, William Bird Holtzman, of Edinburg, Virginia. Mr. Frick's four surviving grandchildren are Robert Samuel Frick III and his wife Irene of Tampa, Fla..; William Larry Frick of Lewisburg, N.C.; Justin Christopher Hepner and his wife Tamsin of Richmond, Va.; and Melanie Ann Hepner of Edinburg, Va.; two step-grandchildren, Jill Holtzman Vogel and her husband, Alex Vogel; William Todd Holtzman; two step great-grandchildren, William Alexander Vogel and John Benner Vogel all of Warrenton, Va. A paternal nephew, Charles Frick of Florida, also survives.

The Reverend Joseph Vought conducted a memorial service at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church on Thursday, December 8, 2005, at 2 p.m..

Memorial contributions may be made to Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, 281 East Market Street, Harrisonburg, Va.; or to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

Lindsey Funeral Home served the family.

(Written & Paid by the Family)

Published in Obituaries on December 22, 2005 1:59 PM