John Edward “Pappy” Frische

John Edward
John Edward “Pappy” Frische


John Edward “Pappy” Frische, age 83, of Brownstown, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Frische was of the Methodist faith during his life-time and was a current member of Brownstown United Methodist Church.

John was a residential and light commercial building contractor. He became a carpenter at the age of 18 and started his construction career with Speck Mellencamp. He then worked for Goecker Construction until 1970, at which time John started his own business known as John Frische Building Contractor. He owned and operated his construction business for 27 years. John then worked at Home Depot as a pro contractor for 20 years. Mr. Frische was past president of the Sertoma and Tri-County Builders Association (Jackson-Jennings Building Association). John also found time to work alongside his wife, as owners of Tuff and Puffs.

Pappy loved spending time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed all family gatherings, which were served with food. John was an avid nature watcher. He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, putting puzzles together, doing woodworking projects, playing games, and traveling. He enjoyed his trips with his wife to all fifty states, particularly their trips to Hawaii, Alaska, and Australia. John was an avid I.U. basketball/football fan, as well as a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. He loved attending their games and also watching their games on television.

Born on May 9, 1937, in Seymour, John was the son of Francis and Edna Kerkhof Frische, both of whom preceded him in death. On August 25, 1956, at White Creek Methodist Church, he married Wilma D. Browning and she survives in Brownstown.

Survivors also include two sons: Mark Edward (Rhonda) Frische of Seymour, and John Michael (Shelly) Frische of Seymour; seven grandchildren: Kendall Elliott of Salem, Elizabeth (J.T.) Patterson of Seymour, Matthew (Celeste) Frische of Indianapolis, Makinsie (Jerry) Hickman of Brownstown, Brandt (Samantha) Frische of Brookville, Ohio, C. Tanner Belcher of Seymour, and Carson Frische of Seymour; and four great-grandchildren: Harper Frische, Calvin Hickman, Saylor Hickman, and Sutton Hickman.

Besides his parents, Mr. Frische was also preceded in death by a brother, James M. Frische.

Funeral services for John Edward Frische will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown, with Kenneth Browning officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc. and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday, February 19, at the funeral home. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc. will be practicing social distancing according to CDC guidelines. Masks are required when entering the funeral home.

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown.

Memorials may be given to White Creek Methodist Church or Schneck Medical Center Hospice.

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