Dunn, Frederick Wayne

June 27, 1937 - June 26, 2017

Dunn, Frederick Wayne (Fred)

Frederick Wayne Dunn was born June 27th 1937, Lake Forest, Illinois, to Ralph & Lucille Dunn. Fred passed away on June 26th 2017 in Plano, Texas at 79 years. 

He grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois. After graduating from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Seminary he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. Reserves. He went on to coach football at St. Mary’s, Lake Forest, Il. where he met and later married the love of his life, Karen Frenzel, an English teacher at the school.  The couple relocated from the Chicago area in 1971 when Fred opened his own chemical and janitorial business, Fred-zel Supply Company. A true Irishman, he always had a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face. He was known for his congenial personality, giving nature and fun sense of humor.  He radiated love and it was felt by all who encountered him whether it was a stranger or lifelong friend. His first love was spending time with his grandchildren, especially teaching them poker.  He looked forward to card games with his friends and loved spending time with their many friends, especially during their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party.  He prioritizes were evidenced in his devotion to faith, family, friends & football. Watching the Dallas Cowboys was a religious experience at the Dunn home.  During baseball season his loyalties remained with the Chicago Cubs (2016 World Series Champions) & the Texas Rangers. A man of unwavering faith, his Catholic Community was a constant source of comfort in his life and he had an extraordinary devotion to Mary.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen; his two children, and seven grandchildren: Daughter Kim Dunn Landon, son in law Kirk, grandchidlren Blake Landon, Jeff Landon (wife Kaylee Nordt) and Sami Landon.  Daughter, Tammy Dunn Amosson, son-in-law Brett Amosson, grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Luke and Brooke Amosson. He is precedded in death his brother Ralph, survived by nieces Kari Dunn Volpe, Kelli Dunn Johns and nephew Fitz Dunn. Also preceded in death by his half sister Patricia Paul. Survived by nephews, Steven Paul (wife Virginia), Roy Paul and Jeff Paul (wife Rosemary).

A memorial mass will be held on Thursday June 29th at 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 West Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75023. Friends are invited to the family’s home following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested remembrances made to either Scottish Rite or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals or the charity of choice.

The family wishes to express their immeasurable gratitude to their many friends, as well as those in the medical community who have accompanied them on their journey.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

7 replies on “Dunn, Frederick Wayne”

Julie Schaefer says:

Sunday morning at brunch we were talking and asking about Fred. There are so many wonderful memories I held with Fred through tennis. What a charmer! He always held his sense of humor and loving attitude. We have missed his spirit. God go with his family in this difficult time with God’s grace. Julie

Jerry McGreevy says:

Pat and I send love and condolences to Karen, Kim, Tammy and their families. Fred was a very special man and an inspiration to everyone who knew him. His life was grounded in his belief in God, his Catholic faith and his wonderful family. This verse from 2 Timothy 4 : 7 describes our dear friend: ” I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”

lindy fuller says:

so sorry for this loss. daddy’s always have a special place in our hearts. Your daddy’s love will continue through the lives of his loved ones. May you have peace.

LindaGail Walker says:

Praying for all of you. I loved this man and have so many wonderful memories of spending time with Tammy at her house. He loved life and his family and brought joy to everyone. He made me feel so welcome and I’ll never forget his smile and twinkle in his eye!! I know he’s smiling down from heaven on his previous girls! What a sweet daddy he was!! Love, “Joe Bob”

Charlotte (Fabry) Gianino says:

Freddie was my first cousin. He was my dad’s sister’s son. Even though we haven’t seen him in 40 years or more, I remember him as a carbon copy of my own dad, Elmer. Looking at his picture was like looking at a young picture of my father. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Charlotte

David McDaniel says:

Thoughts and prayers from my family to the Dunn family – Karen, Kim, Tammy and their families.

Fred was a great man and I will forever cherish the memories of our time together. When I was 16, Mr. Dunn hired me for deliveries at Fred-Zel and he was one of the best bosses I have ever had. From him, I learned business acumen, integrity and compassion for your fellow man. As a young man, I could not have had a better role model.

Peace be with you Mr. Dunn – you will be missed but you live on in our hearts, mind and spirit.


Bennie Rutledge says:

So saddened to hear about this. Fred was such a great man to work for. Karen,Kim and Tammy you are in my prayers.

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