Charles E. Frye

August 9, 1953 ~ April 10, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old


Northumberland - Charles E. Frye, 93, passed away Monday, April 10, 2023 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.


Charles was born January 22, 1930 in Mount Union, PA, a son of the late Donald C, and Elva M. (Heister) Frye.  On August 9, 1953 he married the former JoAlice Stephens, who survives.


After high school graduation he proudly served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Georgia, Wyoming, Japan, and North Africa. 


After his military service, Charles worked for his father at Frye's Department Store in Northumberland, PA, eventually, Charles and his brother, Don, bought the family business.  After thirty years in the family business, he left and started his own construction business, where he worked until his retirement in 2000.


He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Northumberland and was an assistant scout master of the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.


Charles did not shy away from hard work and helping others, he fixed everything from replacing a roof to making sure Mrs. McGillicuddy’s screen door closed properly.  Most that knew him called him by his middle name Ed.  During his many family trips to Georgia, one of his hobbies was collecting reptiles for Clyde Peeling’s Reptileland.  Charles also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his children, family, and friends. 


In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Kenneth, wife, Tina, Ronald, wife, Michele, Jonathan, wife, Christina, and one daughter, Carol Longacre, husband, Eric, grandchildren Catherine, Jonathan, Stephen, Sean, Caleb, Alexander, Hannah, Nicole, Quinton, and great-grandchildren Tucker, Elliott, Rowan, and Aiden, brother Donald C. Frye Jr. and sister Susan M. Kurtz.


He was preceded in death by sisters Jean Anderson and Doris Hendricks.


On Friday April 14th, 2023, friends and family may visit at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King Street, Northumberland from 11am-12pm, where the memorial service will be held at noon with Pastor Rick Miller officiating.


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