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David E. Fray

Rev. Dr. David Eugene Fray of Moberly, Missouri left this life February 28, 2014 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri after suffering cardiac arrest while walking to teach class at Moberly Area Community College. David was born on October 1, 1948 in Moberly, Missouri to Marion Eugene Fray and Beatrice Engle Fray. He graduated Moberly High School in 1966. Thereafter, David attended Culver Stockton College and Chicago School of Optometry before eventually graduating the University of Missouri – Columbia. Over the course of his life, David also attended the Austin Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He was a life-long student who never ceased his pursuit of knowledge and understanding. David met Julie Kadletz on a blind date January 1974. Julie was attracted to David’s intellect and sense of humor. The young couple knew they were soul mates after giving each other the same book for Valentine’s Day that same year. A few months later David proposed and Julie accepted. They married on June 29, 1974 at the A.P. Green Chapel on the University of Missouri campus. Together, they raised two sons, Aaron David Fray and Michael Thomas Fray. The four of them were a tight group and shared a special closeness. David was a man who loved people. He loved his congregation at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Mexico, Missouri. He loved his students and the faculty at Moberly Area Community College where he taught Ethics, Logic, and Philosophy. David loved his fellow Rotarians where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He loved the martial artists at the dojang where he was a black belt in taekwondo. He loved the musicians with whom he played a variety of music at jam sessions. David loved those in the many communities in which he lived and never missed an opportunity to give his time in furtherance of worthy causes. David was a man who loved to talk, and anyone willing to engage in dialogue was a friend of his; a conversation with David was a new experience and one almost always walked away with an interesting perspective on whatever topic was discussed. David was predeceased by his parents, Marion Eugene Fray and Beatrice Engle Fray and grandparents, Roy and Vida Fray. He is survived by his wife, Julie Kadletz Fray, two sons, Aaron David Fray and Michael Thomas Fray, a granddaughter, Alesse Marie Fray, his other special gal, who was his pride and joy – the little firecracker, as he would refer to her, and the faithful, but rebellious dog, Max. A memorial service celebrating the life and memory of David Fray will be held at Coates Street Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM under the direction of Million Taylor Funeral Homes. Visitation will be held prior to the service 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A cause special to David was the Heifer Project. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Heifer Project International are appreciated. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David E. Fray please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Dave {in his usual humble manner he insisted on being called Dave and not Dr. Fray} always came to clinic full of energy, never complaining and eager to help others through what he had been through. I learned more from him than he could have possibly learned from me. He spoke very fondly of his wife and sons and his past—I could tell he has a wonderful family. My life is better for having known him. Sincerely, Bonita Baer

Bonita Baer Mar 17 2014 12:00 AM

Although my wife Dolores and I never had the opportunity to meet Aaron's family; through Aaron, we can see the excellent job he did raising his son. Aaron spoke lovingly of his Father and family and that is the greatest legacy a man can have Please accept our condolences on your loss Tony and Dolores Pietracatella

Tony and Dolores Pietracatella Mar 5 2014 12:00 AM

Dr. Fray has left a positive lasting impression in my life. His passion for his teaching, his family, and his faith showed all of us how life should be lived. I had the pleasure of taking numerous classes provided by Dr. Fray and am very thankful for the knowledge that he passed on. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fray family.

Lindsey Ward Mar 3 2014 12:00 AM

I took every class that Dr. Fray provided. He was one of my favorite teachers I've ever had in my entire life - I only have 2.

YuLan Fairley Mar 3 2014 12:00 AM

This was my very first time having Dr. Fray. I enjoyed being in his Religions of the World class more than I thought I would. He was always in a very good mood and seemed to make the class anything but another stressor on students. He was easy going and always had something positive to say. I loved listening to him talk about his wife, family and funny stories from his college days. He will be greatly missed. My sincere apology to the family.

Alicia Rigdon Mar 3 2014 12:00 AM

Dr. Fray was my Ethics teacher last year and my Religions of the World teacher this year. He was always fun to talk to, open to new ideas and discussing them. I enjoyed his company quite a lot, he will be missed. My condolences to his family, he was a wonderful teacher.

Randy Stevens Mar 3 2014 12:00 AM

Dr. Fray was my professor for two classes before I graduated MACC in 2011. I especially enjoyed being in his first Bioethics class. He was a wonderful man who truly loved his wife, sons, and granddaughter. Thank you for everything Dr. Fray, I will never forget you. June Wilder

June Wilder Mar 3 2014 12:00 AM

I love Dr.Fray had his classes two semester in a row. He taught about everything and always wanting to know how his students were. Talk about his family. I will miss him he was a great professor. Miss you.

deetra clemmons Mar 1 2014 12:00 AM