Representative Thomas J. Frey View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 7/12/1973
Birth Place: Aplington, Iowa
Birth County: Butler
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 62 (1967) - 63 (1969)
House: 54 (1951) - 57 (1957)
Home County: Pottawattamie
Thomas J. Frey
Pottawattamie County


Mr. President: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Thomas J. Frey, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Thomas J. Frey was born February 5, 1901 at Aplington, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Frey. He attended school in Aplington and was graduated from the Waterloo Business College in 1919, the Schmeby School of Advertising in 1922 and the School of Journalism, University of Iowa Extension Department in 1943.

In 1941, Mr. Frey was married to Helen Clure of Greenfield. They had three sons, Tom, Robert and William, and one daughter, Patricia.

A World War II veteran, he was in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 and served overseas for nineteen months. He was past president of the Neola Swimming Pool Association; President of the Neola Civic Association; Commander of the Neola American Legion Post; Pottawattamie County Legion Commander and Seventh District Vice Commander. He was a member of the State Board of the American Cancer Society for ten years and an active member of the Iowa New paper Publishers Association. He was publisher of three newspapers, the Neola Gazette-Reporter, the Minden-Shelby News and the Earling Echo.

Tom Frey was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives from Pottawattamie County in 1950 and served during the Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh General Assemblies. He was then elected to the Senate in 1966 and served during the Sixty-second and Sixty-third General Assemblies.

Mr. Frey passed away on July 12, 1973 at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and the three sons and one daughter; another daughter, Janice, by a previous marriage; two sisters and one brother; his stepmother; two stepbrothers; two stepsisters; and two grandchildren.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-fifth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Thomas J. Frey, the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the Senate by this resolution would express its appreciation of his services to his community, state and nation and tender its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.