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Rickey “Rick” Lee Frendle


Rickey “Rick” Lee Frendle, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 2, 2020, in Goodyear, AZ, after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Rick was born in Wichita, KS, on August 31, 1946, to Daryl and Marguerite (Denner) Frendle. Rick grew up in Wichita with two brothers, Fred and Steve. He was a star athlete who attended Wichita North High School and went on to Friends University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He later moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he lived the majority of his life and raised his two children with his loving and adored wife, Julie. He had a 35-year career with Medline Industries, providing hospitals and other health care facilities with medical and surgical products. Rick loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved his family; being a husband, dad, and grandfather gave him great joy. He was an avid golfer, loved fine wine, and enjoyed traveling the world with Julie. He was best known for his consistently positive attitude, his quick wit, and his ability to make any situation fun. Rick never met a stranger, and everyone who knew Rick loved him. Rick and Julie recently moved from Albuquerque to Goodyear, AZ.

The latter 16 years of his life Rick became known as the ‘miracle man’ because of the determination and success with which he and Julie together battled Multiple Myeloma. Throughout his fight with cancer, he continued to put smiles on the faces around him and always amazed everyone with his continued positivity.

Rick is survived by his wife Julie Wesley Frendle, of Albuquerque, NM, and Goodyear, AZ; daughter Whitney Frendle of Dallas, TX; son Cody Frendle (Monica Unger) and grandchildren Attison and Claira of Denver, CO; brother Steve Frendle of Tampa, FL; and best friend of 50 years, Phil Parker. Rick was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Fred Frendle.

A memorial service will be held at 2:oo pm, Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Prairie Star Banquet Room, 288 Prairie Star Road, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, just north of Albuquerque.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made instead to Myeloma Crowd, a Crowdcare Foundation, PO Box 1286, Draper, UT 84020. Unfortunately, the software is designed for fundraising instead of memorials. Comments for the family may also be left here https://give.crowdcare.org/fightforrick.

Condolences for the family may be left below.

16 Comments on “Rickey “Rick” Lee Frendle

  1. Please accept my sincere condolences. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. It is an honor to serve your family.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Deepest Sympathy,
    James & Pat Fultz

  3. Wish we had the chance to meet. Rest in love Uncle Rick. Thoughts and prayers to the rest of the Frendle family.

  4. Rick,

    He was a pleasure to work with at Medline and a mentor to me when I first started and had a lot of great times with him at the countless meetings we both attended. Great man Great rep and he will greatly missed. My sincerest condolences to the family.

  5. It was our good fortune to know Rick. An amazing man with such a will to fight and live. He is an inspiration to all of us. Our prayers go out to all the family and friends of Rick for strength, peace, and comfort.

    Kurt and Lynn Unger

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you folks. I Always enjoyed Rick when I was with him and you are right, he always put a smile on everybody’s face, that was around him, that’s for sure.
    My heart certainly goes out to you folks.

  7. Rick was one of the nicest guys i have ever met. My condolences to his family RIP

  8. So sad to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a good man whom I was privileged to call a friend for almost 40 years. Cheerful though all the vicisitudes of life, he was an unfailingly positive presence in this world. Our sympathies go out to Julie, his family, and all those who knew him. Our lives were all enriched by his being in them.

  9. To wife Julie & family, the North High class of 1964 have left several messages. If you would like to see, click on “contact us” on website: wichitanorth64.com

  10. Julie and Rick’s beautiful children,

    I am saddened by the news of Rick’s death but valiant battle with cancer.
    As a North High School classmate and many earlier school years, Rick was a great friend.

    Be assured of my prayers for your family. You have a great adversary in heaven.

    RIP Rick.

  11. We were so sad to hear about Rick’s passing. He impressed us all with his courage and positive attitude as he faced one health challenge after another. We will miss everything about him especially his brain power which made him so interesting to be with as he had a real gift to discuss topics without offending anyone. He was so versatile in his interests and wasn’t hesitant to disagree on issues and discussions were truly a learning experience. His love for music, travel and politics made him a choice invite for all occasions. He was genuinely an interesting and joyous fellow—It was easy to love him!

    We appreciated all that Julie and Rick did to bring friends and family together. They always opened their home during the year for special occasions, holidays, fund raisers etc. And everyone had fun as they really worked hard on all the details so everyone would have a good time. Thank you for all the happiness and joy you shared with us as a couple. Rick was a gem and he will be missed by everyone!

  12. Cody, Whitney, Julie: you are in our hearts. Love to you all. We will carry Rick, as will all of his friends and family, in our memories

  13. Sad to hear the death of my friend, knew Rick while working for Presbyterian hospital, and Heat Hospital of NM. RIP .

  14. We are so sorry for your loss. We at Ericsson are praying for your family, we love Whitney and it hurts us knowing that she has lost such a sweet dad. Reading about Rick, you can clearly tell he was so loved and an amazing man. We will continue to pray for you Whitney and for your family.

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