In the early morning hours of April 28, Philip “Bud” Frymire passed away in the presence of his family at the age of 88.
Phil was born in San Jose, CA to Philip H. Frymire and Marie M. (Emart) Frymire, the oldest of four children. At the age of 8 his family returned to the home ranch in Knights Ferry where he attended elementary school then graduated from Oakdale High. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country during WW II. After returning home from Japan he enrolled in Modesto Junior College and met the love of his life, Carmen Nyegaard. They married in 1952 and he entered Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, graduating with a B.S. degree in agriculture. While there they enjoyed life and had two of their three children. They returned home to Oakdale and lived on a 21 acre almond ranch and had their third child. Phil found his life’s calling as a real estate appraiser. He started with Stanislaus County, then moved to United California Bank, later to become First Interstate, where he worked for 20 years. He took a short break then returned as an independent appraiser for another 20 years working with the FHA and the VA until 2005. Phil was not quite ready for retirement. In 2007 he went to work at, “Oaklawn Memorial Park”, cemetery in Oakdale. He retired as manager from there in January 2016.
Phil and Carmen built a home and moved from Oakdale to Knights Ferry in 1975 where they enjoyed life, family and friends, jobs and community involvement. Nothing was more important to him than his family. He loved and was so proud of each one of them. He will be missed very much by his family and all who knew and loved him. He touched so many lives with his knowledge, kindness and humor. His gentle leadership and influence in the Knights Ferry and Oakdale communities will not be forgotten.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years, Carmen, daughters, Rose (Bob) Paulat, Lisa (Fred) Dolling, son Philip (Lisa) Frymire, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sisters, Jean (Bill) Dyer, Joan Taylor, Nancy Frymire and two nephews. Graveside services to be held Saturday May 7, 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Knights Ferry. Reception to follow at the Knights Ferry Community Club. A heartfelt thanks to all our wonderful friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers remembrances be made to: Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance, P.O. Box 1965, Oakdale, CA 95361 or Community Sharing Christian Center, P.O. Box 1160, Oakdale, CA 95361.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
May 4, 2016