William R. Fridley, Jr.

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Departed on July 29, 2020 and resided in Lake St. Louis, MO

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William Raymond Fridley, Jr., 76, of Lake St. Louis, MO, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on July 29, 2020.

Bill was born in St. Louis on September 18, 1943. He was raised in Brentwood, MO where he graduated from Brentwood High School. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State in 1966. After graduation, Bill joined the Air National Guard where he was a mechanic for the F100 Jets.  He was a very patriotic and proud citizen of the United States of America.

On November 4, 1967, he married his best friend Mary Jane Lewis. Bill and Mary met while they were camp counselors at YMCA Camp Lakewood. They were married for 52 years, and lovingly raised Laura Elizabeth. Bill was a fun, wise and dedicated Dad. Laura and her husband Luke Purewal, gave Bill and Mary three handsome grandsons, Britton, Ethan and Louie. One of Bill’s most beloved activities as Papa was taking the three boys trout fishing at Rockbridge Trout Ranch.

His next love was tailgating and cheering for the Mizzou Tigers on the football field and basketball court, win or lose. Bill was a devoted friend who was there in the best of celebrations and most worrisome of storms. He was an active member on the Lake St. Louis Planning and Zoning Commission, and a faithful member of Dardenne Presbyterian Church. A follower of Jesus, Bill walked in Christian faith throughout his life.

Bill is also survived by his dear sister Janet Ignatius, treasured nephews Douglas (Bruce Preston), Jeffrey (Pamela), and great-niece Emily.

He is preceded in death by his devoted parents, Ray and Florence Fridley, and loving brother in law Hugh Ignatius.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Tuesday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, 7400 S. Outer Road 364, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. As a reminder, masks are required and social distancing is encouraged.

After the service, family and friends are invited to attend a Homecoming Tailgate at Boulevard Park, 2550 Lake St. Louis Boulevard, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Dardenne Presbyterian Church.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Buell and Nancy Cook August 1, 2020 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

  2. Gary and Sue Sausto August 1, 2020 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Thinking of you Mary, Laura and family. Bill was a nice man and wonderful neighbor. God bless him. We will remember him fondly.

  3. Larry, Karen and Morgan August 2, 2020 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Thinking for you all. Sending thoughts, prayers and much love.

  4. Barry and Sandy August 2, 2020 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    We can’t imagine not having Bill around in our lives .
    We miss him dearly . Bill was such a devoted friend .
    He was there for us all in the best of celebrations and the most worrisome of storms . Who is going to say Grace Christmas Day now ? Rest In Peace dearest friend . We love you .

  5. Cindy and Larry Johnson August 2, 2020 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Mary – Our deepest sympathies. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  6. Phyllis A Christian August 4, 2020 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Mary and Laura
    So sorry for the lose of Bill. My prayers and thoughts are with you both
    Believe me it is not easy but with friends and family you will get thru this
    and remember he is in a better place.

    • Robert"Bob" Fridley August 6, 2020 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Bill was a wonderful cousin who delighted in the accomplishments of Laura academically and in water sports..Mary ..our loving thoughts are with you, Janet,Laura and allyour family

  7. JaNice Maine August 4, 2020 at 11:51 am - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you have so many wonderful memories of Bill and they will see you through this sad time. He will be missed.

  8. Kim (Gunn) Rowley August 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Bill had the kindest and most gentle soul and will surely be missed. Hugs and prayers to all of you as you mourn such a great loss. Praying all the beautiful memories and love you shared fill you with warmth and comfort in the day’s ahead!

  9. Marquaello Futrell August 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Praying for the family. Thankful for his life. We are praying for his beautiful wife, daughter, son in law, and grandsons.

  10. Lois Elfers August 5, 2020 at 6:31 am - Reply

    I’m praying that all the wonderful memories will give you comfort during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

  11. Barbara & Ian Turner August 5, 2020 at 9:10 am - Reply

    So very sorry for your lose. What wonderful memories you have of him. May God keep him in your heart always.

  12. Susie Jaeger Stephenson August 5, 2020 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    My heart aches for Mary, Laura, and the whole family. A couple of my favorite memories of Bill include our group ski trip Europe and working together on the Arch Rivals ski shows. My sincere condolences.

  13. Leisa Fridley Ujka August 6, 2020 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Mary,. I am so sorry for your loss. Bill can now be in heaven with Aunt Flo and Uncle Ray. He will be met by my parents, Lee and Lois Fridley. God be with all of you.

    Leisa Fridley Ujka

  14. Chad Matlick August 6, 2020 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Mary and Laura, It is with a heavy heart that I write how bad I feel for you guys. Bill will be missed. Just recently when I would see Bill I was always amazed how quick and smart he was. Having a conversation with him was no different than 20 years ago. I always felt like I was learning something from him every time we would talk. Mary, Please reach out if you need any help. You know I am always close by and usually there every week.

  15. Robert"Bob" Fridley August 6, 2020 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Bill was a wonderful cousin who delighted in the accomplishments of Laura academically and in water sports..Mary ..our loving thoughts are with you, Janet,Laura and allyour family

  16. Bill and Becky Mertens August 8, 2020 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    We are so sad to hear of our dear neighbors passing. Bill, Mary and Laura were our first neighbors and friends when we moved to Lake St. Louis. We will always remember playing Trivial Pursuit, eating baby back ribs and setting off M80s in the back yard. Rest In Peace dear friend.

  17. Joan Potthast August 9, 2020 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Ferd And I send our deepest sympathy. Bill was such a kind, wonderful person, and Mary’s faithful companion. We will miss him.

  18. Janet Mueller-Alsup August 10, 2020 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Mary and Laura I am praying God will fill your broken hearts with His peace 🙏🏽Bill was a dear man. I hope you find comfort in the many wonderful memories of your time together ❤️

  19. Margret Krick September 2, 2020 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Mary and Laura, so deeply touched by your great loss. Fond Memories remain as we shared wonderful years in the LSL Waterski Club. May you find Hope, Strength and Peace in your Faith.
    My Prayers are with you.

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