Asleep in Jesus, Leon Dunard Fridley passed away on April 23, 2022. He was born on February 7th, 1942 in Matson, Missouri to Glen and Evelyn (Dunard) Fridley. He was the youngest of four children. He was baptized on March 29th, 1942 at St Paul’s UCC in Defiance, MO. He attended Hickory Hill for grades 1-3 and Augusta Elementary School for grades 4-8. He graduated from Francis Howell High School in 1960. He was confirmed on May 20th, 1956 and his confirmation verse was Matthew 26: 41.
Leon served his country in the army reserves as a medic and was employed by Washington University/BJC from 1965-the time he retired in December 2005.
On May 23, 1970 he married Sandra Kay Oetting at Zion Lutheran Church in Harvester, MO.
Leon was a faithful member of Zion and loved serving in various roles, especially as an elder and usher. He was excellent in these roles because he never met a stranger and was known for venturing off and having conversations with people he had just met. When you met Leon, you knew he cared for you and what you had to say, and he really listened. He loved his hometown of Matson and his family enjoyed his many stories about his time at Hickory Hill. He enjoyed keeping his yard well manicured and being outside. In 2009 he quickly took to his role as “PaPa” when his first grandson was born. He watched both of his grandchildren from 2009-2016 until they were old enough to attend preschool. He enjoyed college football, basketball and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved to watch both of his grandsons play baseball and supported them in any activity they were a part of.
He is survived by his wife Sandra of St. Charles, MO, his two daughters Allison (David) Dolak of Lake Saint Louis, MO and Andrea Fridley of Saint Louis, MO; his two grandsons Caleb and Jacob; his oldest sister Marlene (Fridley) Engelage of Houston, TX; many loving brother and sister in laws; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Evelyn (Dunard) Fridley; brother Donald Fridley, sister Monette Fought, and brother in law Donald Engelage. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran School-Wentzville in care of Pitman Funeral Homes, PO Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385.
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