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Larry Paul Fricke

March 2, 1925 — February 2, 2023

Lawrence Paul “Larry” Fricke of Indianapolis, passed away on February 2, 2023, one month before his 98th birthday.  He was born on March 2, 1925, in Monroe, IN to the late Eddie and Clara Steiner Fricke.  A graduate of Broad Ripple High School and Purdue University in Airport Management, Larry was an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served as a Lieutenant in the Naval Air Corp.  

With his gregarious personality Larry had a successful 35-year sales management career with Revere Copper and Brass, moving from Indianapolis to Denver, Milwaukee, Rome (NY), and Chicago. After “retiring,” Larry found his true passion volunteering for 31 years as a fundraiser at Elmhurst University (IL), raising millions in donations before retiring in 2014.  Born into a Mennonite family, he became an active member of Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and UCC churches throughout his life. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, golfer and cyclist and avid reader. Larry loved spending time with his ever-expanding family.  He ended his long life back home again in Indiana where he enjoyed living close to family and being part of the vibrant and faith-filled community at Hoosier Village.

Larry was preceded in death by his first wife, Rhea Jean (McGoldrick) Fricke; second wife, Jackie (Lang) Fricke; three brothers Wilber, Harold and Ben; four sisters, Esther Habegger, Neva Bell, Mable Hohlt and Doris Hinman.  Survivors include his sister Patricia Hull, daughters, Paula Fricke (Carol Reid), Ann Ost (Bart), Jean Hursh (Dan), and Holly Lang Coffin (Phil); 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.      

The family expresses immense gratitude to Dr. Bill Arnold and the caregivers at Hoosier Village. Donations may be made - to Heart Change online at, a local faith-based ministry coming alongside mothers in crisis to encourage them to be the women that God created them to be, or to Tabernacle Presbyterian Church Boy Scouts of America Troop 72 online at


A service of celebration will be held at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, at 2:30 on Saturday, February 11, 2023. The service will be preceded by visitation beginning at 1:00.

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