William Robert Frerich, 96, Navy veteran and world traveler

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William Robert Frerich
William Robert Frerich

William Robert Frerich, 96, passed away August 31, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was born on July 9, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio to Anna and William Herman Frerich.

After graduating as a Civil Engineer from Case Western, Bill completed Navy Indoctrination Training and then the Naval Architecture training course at MIT in 1942 and entered WWII as an officer in the USA Navy, serving as a docking officer. Bill separated from the Navy in 1946 and went to the Philippines working on the program to rehabilitate the roads and bridges damaged during WWII. Before returning to the US, Bill made many memories on a tour around the world.

Bill worked for the Federal Bureau of Public Roads in the Washington D.C. area before working in the Highway for National Defense Division at the Chief of Transportation Office, Department of the Army in Newport News, Virginia.
Bill met a cute, feisty girl at a dance who made him laugh. He married Betty Sue Herman on March 5, 1954. They raised three daughters in Alexandria and Williamsburg, Virginia.

After retiring in 1980, Bill enjoyed volunteer work and giving service in many ways, especially to his family. He also served as a volunteer to Colonial Williamsburg for over 30 years. Bill was a devoted husband, father and friend.
Bill loved playing tennis and bowling. He remained active his entire life, enjoying gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, cribbage and cheering on his grandchildren. Bill will be remembered for his kind and generous heart, his hard work ethics, his many hours of service, his loyalty and his epic cross-country family vacations.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Suzanne (Don) Scott, Patti (Dave) Brooks, Tommye (Richard) Rafes; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 3, from 6-8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, Virginia. Burial will be in Taylorsville, North Carolina.