Donald “Donnie” Orley Frey, age 82, of Carpentersville, IL, passed away on October 2, 2021. He was born April 3, 1939 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Donald and Catherine Frey (née Collins).

Donnie graduated from Kalvin Park High School, Class of 1957. He joined the United States Coast Guard the following October.

Donnie started working as a machinest, then later became a truck driver for Celli in Wauconda. He then joined Ray Plote and his company, where he worked as a truck driver until he retired in 2013. It was there that he met his wife, Debby, when she worked there as a temporary receptionist for six weeks. They were married on August 19, 1978, and celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in 2021.

Donnie had a great sense of humor (both regular and sarcastic). His work ethic was extremely high. He was known as a giver, not a taker. He had the gift of encouragement, and he spread that gift to all he met. He often walked the neighborhood, stopping to talk to anyone he met along the way, always encouraging them and praying for them. He truly loved people, and had the ability to spread the love of God to everyone.

Donnie loved watching Nascar when he had the chance, but his favorite thing to do was spend time with his wife, children, and the rest of his large family. He was a wonderful father and grandfather! He especially enjoyed hosting holiday family gatherings, and loved to cook for them. He loved to cook period!

Donnie was a praying man, and he and Debby would often pray together while holding hands (Debby’s favorite part).

Some thoughts from the family:

Donnie was caring, kind, helpful, loyal, habitual, spiritual, genuine, outgoing, loving, a teacher, a learner, comedian, dancer, singer, and adventurer. He was everything every man should want to grow to be, or be like.

He always would go the extra mile. He was a Mr. Fix It; if he couldn’t, he’d find a way to get it done (Google).

He would wake up early, probably because of working over 30 years driving a semi. He took time with God, and after retiring he had much more time to read and study the Bible. He prayed diligently, for family, for friends, even someone he didn’t really know. He never met a stranger. He was like a butterfly at events; he would flit and flutter about, talking to everyone.

He was a loving husband, and very supportive to all the family members. For Don, it was God first, Debby second, children third, and then family and friends. He was a very good provider, always taking care of us.

He instilled God’s love and the promise of everlasting life.

He was our anchor, our foundation. He was a true “Jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” (William Shakespeare)

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Catherine Frey; sister, Anita Goc; and mother-in-law, Mary Metzler. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Frey; children, Steven (Tammy) Frey, Michael (Bonnie) Frey, Daniel (Erin) Frey, Douglas (Rhonda) Frey, David Frey, Christiana Woloszynek, and Elizabeth (Chris) Frey; sister, Sharon Frey; brother-in-law, Ron Goc; father-in-law, Richard Metzler; grandchildren, Zachary Frey, Shana Hicks, Jason (Amber Lee) Frey, Kelsey (David) Tummillo, Hunter Frey, Kylee Frey, Lacey Frey, Alexander Frey, Spencer Frey, Rachael Frey, Alexander Frey, Breanna Frey, Lyric Frey, Rhythm Frey, Caden Utz, Ariyah Woloszynek, Tenor Woloszynek, Aralynn Frey, Donovan Frey, Chrisander Frey, Genevieve Frey, Alyson (Sergio) Rodriguez, Kinzee Rodriguez, Shay Rodriguez, Leslie Rodriguez, and Chasyn Rodriguez; great-grandchildren, Hayleigh, Colton, Madison, Jase, Paisley Joy, Jameson, Brynley, and Lawson; cousins, Eddie (Lois) Collins, Grace (Jerry) Trayner, Madelyn (Walley) Urbanski, Steve (Joanne) Collins, Danny (Maria) Collins, Kathy (Fred) Lieb, Kathy Mauro, Diane D’Avanzo, Larelei (Dick) Hill, Bonnie (David) Abazan, and Dyanne (David) Cairel; and nieces and nephews, Debbie (Jim) Coates, Dawn (Tom) Montgomery, Paul Goc, Mark Goc, and Natalie (Scott) Misch.

Visitation will be 3:00pm until funeral service with full military honors at 6:00pm, Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 846 2153 5795, Password: 084296).

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Donnie’s name to DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

One Reply to “Donald Orley Frey”

  1. Dan / Erin,
    So sorry to hear about your father, always remember the good times and know that he rests in peace. Our deepest condolences to your entire family.

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