Thomas Frary

Thomas Edward Frary

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Thomas Edward Frary was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 1, 1943, traveled the world for work, and eventually settled down for a long while in Friendswood, Texas. On March 30, 2019, he departed this earth to spend eternity with his beloved wife, Diane Marie.

When Tom was born his father was away in a B-17 bomber somewhere over Europe. His mother took this opportunity to dress him up (once or twice) as a little girl because he had a headful of curly hair. This most likely led to his rebellious teenage years of fast cars, drinking with his buddies, and sneaking into Mass at the last minute. This period of his life led him to comment that Diane raised two daughters and one husband.

Tom and Diane married in Beatrice, Nebraska and had two daughters, Dana and Traci. He began working construction for MW Kellogg and liked it so much he stayed for 30 years. He advanced from field work to engineer to project management in locations including, but not limited to: Iowa, New Jersey, Korea, Venezuela, Indonesia, California and the most foreign place of all, Louisiana.

Tom was an independent, kind, and generous man. He enjoyed running - including several marathons, working out in the gym, reading, caring for their numerous dogs, and playing golf. But, most of all, he enjoyed spending time with Diane, Dana and Traci, sons-in-law Robert and Jeff, and his granddaughters, Sophie and Emily. He especially valued the time he spent with his brothers, Tim and John, and his sister Claudia.

Although he considered himself a loner he was a good friend to many and ready to help anyone who needed a hand. He never met a dog he didn’t want to take home and feed a chicken sandwich or the ground beef from his pizza. After a visit, he would walk you to your car and talk until Diane told him to “Say goodnight, Tom.“

Goodnight Tom. We love you.

The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas on Tuesday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Houston SPCA at, PBS at, or Unbound at

Condolences can be left for the Frary family in care of A Sacred Choice at
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    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Laurence Catholic Church
    3100 Sweetwater Blvd
    Sugar Land, Texas 77479
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Ross McDonald

Posted at 12:09am
Dana, Traci; It was raining in Seattle again so I decided to stay at my work desk instead of taking a walk at lunch. It started off with a google search of Palembang, then it was MW Kellogg - Palembang, and then I came across your dad's obituary. I don't play with the internet much, and the obituary had just been posted the day before so it is as if God wanted me to find it. My parents and especially my dad were fond of Mr. Frary. Dad called him Tom but to everyone else at our house he was "Mr. Frary". I think they were work friends. The first time I remember my dad talking about "Tom" (your dad) was back when we lived in Louisiana (around 1974, before Palembang). Our dads carpooled to work and dad joked to my mother that "Tom" would settle in the back seat of the big Grand Torino we had and sleep all the way to work. One Palembang evening I talked to your dad at your house. I was your (Dana) escort to one of the kid dances we used to have. When I arrived to pick you up you were not quite ready (but very fashionable)! As I waited just inside the door of your house your dad got up and stood with me and we made some "man to man" talk! Well it was "man to man" to me but probably "man to kid" to your dad as I was only about 12 at the time. Your mother was very quiet and sat in the background watching. It was a nice gesture and I never forgot it. Dana, Traci - I am very sorry to find that your parents are gone. I hope you two didn't give them too much grief in highschool but if you did they forgave you. Our exciting Kellogg life lasted a few more years after Palembang. While I was a senior dad was struck with early onset Parkinson's and disabled. They both lasted a few more years and both were gone by the time I was 30. I had some great memories growing up as we travelled and you two are part of the best of them. Shoot me a text if you like 254-723-8261. Love you two, Ross McDonald.

Dana Opperman Posted at 11:32pm

Ross, Thank you for that memory! Life is so surprising and I believe you are right - sometimes we are just meant to see something. It couldn’t just be a coincidence that you googled Palembang that day. I am so sorry to hear that you lost both your parents so early. I hope that you are doing well! Thank you for the memory - I can totally see my dad sleeping in the back of your dad’s car! Love, Dana

Debra MacLaine

Posted at 12:23pm
We extend to you our condolences and hopes that memories of joyful days give you some peace during this difficult time. We thoroughly enjoyed both Tom and Dianne in Indonesia and years after during KBR travels. Our thoughts and prayers, Rod and Debra MacLaine

Carolyn Wiegand

Posted at 11:23am
You have my and other condolences from Beatrice, Nebraska. You have my prayers for all of you. Your cousin Carolyn Wiegand.

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Posted at 01:12pm
John & Family, We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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gary wellsandt

Posted at 07:39pm
i can recall tom he was a grade behind me at st joseph school. he lived across the street from polings and also across
from alffords that went to st jo.
i have lived in brownwood texas since 1967 strange never knew he lived in texas
gary wellsandt

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