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Leon Frey


Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 10:09 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:35 a.m. CDT

Leon Frey, 70, of Creston died March 21, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25. Mary O’Riley will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family of Leon and Denise Frey. Online condolences may be left at

Argyle Leon Frey, son of Ruth Isabelle (Blizzard) and Arthur Leon Frey, was born Sept. 5, 1943, in Winterset.

Leon lived south of Thayer on a farm and attended country school until the eighth grade and high school in Mount Ayr. He graduated from East Union High School in 1961.

Leon entered the military and served the U.S. Navy for four years. He later graduated from Buena Vista with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting.

On Jan. 28, 1968, Leon married Jerene Ann Smith in Des Moines. They later divorced. 

On April 17, 1977, Leon married Denise Ann Brown at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, and settled in Creston.

Leon was a carpenter by profession, building several homes in Creston. Leon retired as a union carpenter, local 106 of Des Moines.  

Leon is survived by his children, Donovan Brown of Tarkio, Mo., Jona Hutson of Shenandoah, Kara Moulin of Grimes, Amanda Quinn of Creston and Lindsey Frey-Woollums of Afton; brother Robert (wife Rita) Frey of Afton; sister Donna Marlin of Creston; brother-in-law David Smith of Ithaca, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Darcy (husband Maynard) Miller in West Point, Miss., Deanne “Annie” Fry in Cambria, Calif., and Dori (husband Dan) Voss of Fayetteville, N.C.; and 11 grandchildren,

Leon was preceded in death by his parents; wife Denise Frey on March 20, 2014; brother Roger Frey, nephew David Marlin and niece Jaqueline Scadden. 

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