Wayne Sheldon Frye

Wayne Sheldon Frye, age 90, passed away in Cincinnati, OH on Monday, November 11, 2021.  He was born on December 14, 1930 in Hubbard, OH to Mary and Alonzo Frye. He attended Ohio and Youngstown Universities and served in the Marine Corps before graduating from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

He married Carol Beckenbach, on July 6, 1957.  They lived in Cleveland where he started his career as a trade embalmer before becoming a funeral director. As a 36-year resident of Frankfort, Wayne served the community as the owner of Frye Funeral Home and was a long time, active member of St. Matthew’s UMC. He also volunteered his time to support the local Red Cross, Kiwanis, and Wesley Manor. Wayne could always be found cheering on his children and grandchildren in their every endeavor. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, who generously shared his wry sense of humor with everyone he encountered, always bringing laughter and kindness to those around him.

Wayne and Carol retired to Seven Lakes, NC and later to Cincinnati, OH.  He shared his talents with others in everything he did, by teaching, giving and assisting.  He was a great cook, winning the title of Pork Cookout King at the Indiana State Fair in 1974. He was also a great handyman, builder, woodworker and wood turner, making beautiful bowls and vases sold at art fairs in his retirement. His skill at bridge, cards and games of all types were legendary all the days of his life, which he shared generously with, and to the delight of, his grandchildren.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol of Cincinnati, OH; his sister, Carol Mehaffey (George) of Columbus, OH; his three children Karen (husband Bryan) Knotts of Indianapolis, Beth (husband Dave) Schoeller of Nashville and Kurt Frye of Washington DC and his grandchildren Sam and Elizabeth Knotts, Jack and Will Schoeller, Zoe Schoeneman Frye, Mikhail Frye and Rowan Langston and 11 nieces and nephews.

Wayne bravely fought Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years. Memorials can be made in his honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Online condolences may be directed to https://www.gendafuneralhome.com/obituary/Wayne-Frye.


  1. Carol, and family. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Wayne. We had some good times together when I worked for him, at the funeral Home. I know he will be sadly missed. I watched the kids grow up there in Frankfort.

    Kenny Wright

  2. Vicki and I are truly sadden of Wayne’s passing. We have a lot of great memories of the times with Wayne and the Frye family. I will never forget Wayne and always trying to look for the positive no matter what the situation. A GOOD man. I’m proud to call Wayne a good friend. Nathan..

  3. I am so sorry to hear the news of the passing of Wayne growing up we had so much fun at the frye house all the sleep overs it was a great adventure and it will always be a great memory of mine Sending prayers

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