OBITUARY ~ LYMAN "DEAN" FROST
June 27, 1933 ~ July 21, 2012
Lyman Dean FROST was born June 27, 1933 to Roy Raymond FROST and Bernice Laverta FOLAND FROST. He was welcomed by an
older brother Raymond Harold FROST at their home on a farm near Beaconsfield, Iowa. They later moved to a farm north of
Diagonal, Iowa where he started his schooling in a one room country school. Then they purchased a farm south of Mount
Ayr and Dean began school in Mount Ayr when he was in 4th grade in 1943 and graduated from there in 1951. He played
football in high school and was a member of the undefeated team in 1949.
Following high school he worked at the Skelly
Station, Mount Ayr Mill & Feed, and ASC Office out of Creston where he traveled to several counties in the district.
He later worked at the Benton filling station for Keith and Betty COLE and then worked at Dugan Conoco for Earl DUGAN.
He worked then as a plumber for Gerald WILLEY for 4 years before going into carpentry work with Wilbur BYRNS and Bill
THRASHER. They built many new homes around the Mount Ayr area and northern Missouri. After deciding to go out on his own
as a carpenter, he did many remodeling jobs and finally did handyman work until declining health prevented him from
On April 11, 1953 he married Esther Louise GROVES of Benton. They became the parents of two daughters, Sandra
Kay and Deanna Lynne, who kept them busy with their activities in school and church. In June 1970 they took into their
home two foster children, Janet Lee and Mark Edward PACKWOOD, a sister and brother who were in high school. Keeping up
with the 4 teenagers was a challenge with all their added activities but it was a joy to be able to see all four graduate
and go on with their lives.
The family attended the United Presbyterian Church where Dean was baptized and became a
member in 1968. As a member he served as an elder, he and Louise were youth leaders; he taught Sunday school and spent
many hours working on the church basement, turning it into a youth center called "The Cellar" for any youth from Mount
Ayr and the surrounding areas.
He and Louise belonged to a Mariners Group, which was a group for married couples. He
was also on the committee when the United Presbyterian Church joined with the First Baptist Church and when they built
the new United Baptist Presbyterian Church.
Dean was overjoyed when he became a Grandpa with the birth of Tracey Jo BRECKENRIDGE who was later joined by Ryan Dean
BRECKENRIDGE, Amber Marie SOBOTKA and Jennifer Lynne SOBOTKA. He loved to go to their activities traveling many miles
to attend. Later he welcomed two great-grandchildren, Jacob Ray and Katie Jo FEES.
Dean passed away on July 21, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Bernice FROST; sister-in-law
Roberta FROST; nephew Dale FROST; father-in-law Carl GROVES; brother-in-law Tom GROVES; sister-in-law Maxine BUCY.
Dean is survived by his wife Louise FROST of Mount Ayr; daughters Sandy BRECKENRIDGE of Des Moines and Dee Dee SOBOTKA &
husband Kenny of Diagonal; foster children Jan BRECKENRIDGE of Annapolis, MD and Mark PACKWOOD of Chicago, IL; four
grandchildren, Tracey (Brent) FEES, Ryan BRECKENRIDGE, Amber (Lester) ELLIOTT, and Jennifer SOBOTKA; seven foster
grandchildren, Adam BRECKENRIDGE, Amy (Josh) BARKLEY, Nathan BRECKENRIDGE, Kevin BRECKENRIDGE, Crystal WILSON, Justin
PACKWOOD, and April PACKWOOD; two great-grandchildren, Jacob & Katie FEES; brother Harold FROST of Mount Ayr;
mother-in-law Iona GROVES of Mount Ayr; two brothers-in-law, Dave (Betty Lou) GROVES of Mount Ayr and LeRoy BUCY of
Creston; long-time friends Hugh & Kay TERWILLGER; other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.
Open visitation will he from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the United Baptist Presbyterian Church of Mount Ayr. The family will be present from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24th at the United Baptist Presbyterian
Church in Mount Ayr, with Pastor Brent FEES officiating. Musicians will include Fay HOWIE and
Tracey FEES. Interment will be made at Benton Cemetery, Benton, Iowa.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr
was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2012
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