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Dayle Frerich

March 8, 1963 ~ October 6, 2017 (age 54)

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A few years ago they released a movie named “City Slickers”. It was a comedic look at life and relationships. In the movie, one character told the star that the meaning of life could be found in one thing. “What thing?” the star asked. “That’s what you have to figure” was the reply. Dayle Frerich found his “one thing” to be a two mile stretch of pavement along Texas Highway 304. Everything he loved and everything he needed could be found on that two mile stretch of road. Over the years, this became both the center and, to a large part, the extent of his world. On the southern tip of Dayle’s world lies the Wagon Wheel. A business that he built and operated along with his siblings. This business relationship with family began when Dayle was ten years old when he began performing music with the rest of the family in a band called the Midnight Owls. The Owls performed regularly for decades and entertained several generations of folks from the area. They used their music proceeds to start businesses in Rosanky and then Bastrop and eventually moved the entire business back to their hometown of Rosanky at the crossroad of Highways 304 and 535 with the construction of the Wagon Wheel. Dayle worked tirelessly at the family business. This was also the home of his music studio where he would find escape from the struggles of life through comfort in music that he created. Music has long been a centerpiece of his life. About a half mile north from the Wagon Wheel lies the driveway to the home of Arthur and Tiny Frerich, Dayle’s parents. This was his childhood home where he learned to play music and bonded with his family. In the past several years as the health of his parents began to fade, Dayle would spend more and more time at the house helping to care for Arthur and Tiny. When Tiny passed away, Dayle spent even more time with his dad. He would spend every night with Arthur caring and comforting him. When each morning came, Dayle would journey a mile and half down Highway 304 to the driveway of his home. He would prepare breakfast for his family before they left for school and be there in the evening to spend more time with them before he journeyed back to Arthur’s house to watch over him for another night. At home he spent time with his wife Natalie and their two daughters, Caroline and Rachel, who were the sun around which his universe revolved.

Dayle found that he didn’t really need to venture out of this world too far or too often. His siblings live along this stretch of highway or within a mile of it. Almost, if not all, of his trips away from his world were connected to his two mile long world. He would venture out to perform music with the band that he recently joined. He would take his mom or dad out of his world for medical care. He would sometimes accompany his family to family gatherings or vacations. He would journey to school events to watch his beloved daughters. With very few exceptions other than those, Dayle would remain somewhere in his two mile world. He was content with spending his life around the people that he loved and in the place that he loved. Yes, there were times that circumstances were frustrating. There were days when his world seemed too small or too big. But Dayle always focused on what was important to him. He knew his “one thing” was being with the people in his life that he loved and that loved him. He dedicated his life to them and softened any frustrations or anxiety about life with his music. The deeds that were routine for Dayle were performed with so little complaint by him that they were often overlooked. His contentment with his life was so genuine that he was often not missed. Everyone understood that he was somewhere within his two mile world and that was where he wanted to be.
Dayle was preceded in death by his mother, Lemma "Tiny" Frerich and Sister-in-Law, Janet (Susen) Frerich. 
He is survived by his wife, Natalie (Susen) Frerich and their beloved daughters Caroline and Rachel; His father, Arthur Frerich; sister, Donna Bartsch; brother, Ronnie Frerich and wife Laura; his Twin brother, Doyle Frerich and four nieces; Dusti Goertz, Shelby Frerich, Kelsie Frerich and Kacie Frerich.

SERVICES
Visitation

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

St. Mary's Catholic Church 

String Prarie, Texas

Rosary

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 PM

St. Mary's Catholic Church 

String Prarie, Texas

Burial

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oak Hill Cemetery 
Hwy 95 S 
Smithville, Texas 78957

Funeral Service

Thursday, October 12, 2017
10:00 AM

First Baptist Church 

Smithville, Texas 78957

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