Calf sale today to benefit Frey memorial fund

A roll-over calf sale to benefit the T.J. and Nathan Frey Fund is slated noon today at Creston Livestock Auction.

Brothers T.J. Frey, 11, and Nathan Frey, 9, died Saturday after falling through the ice and drowning in a farm pond in Adams County.

The boys parents — Tom and Leisa Frey — released a statement Tuesday thanking friends near and far for the ongoing support they’ve received this week. The roll-over calf sale is an example of the “outpouring of support” the family has received since Saturday.

“We ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers,” they said.

Curt and Heather Sporleder from Unionville, Mo. — friends of the Frey family — donated the 800-pound steer up for bid in today’s roll-over calf sale.

The way the sale will work is the highest bidder will pay for the calf, then donate it back to be auctioned again. The calf will then be sold over and over again with all money going to a memorial fund in T.J. and Nathan’s name.

Four world-class auctioneers will be on hand to administer today’s sale.

A joint funeral for the boys is 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Open visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25. Also, a candlelight vigil for T.J. and Nathan Frey is scheduled 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5) at Creston Livestock Auction prior to the lighted Christmas parade.