Thomas D. Frick

December 24, 1944 ~ September 8, 2022 (age 77)


Thomas Douglas Frick was born to Douglas Wilbur Frick and Betty Ann (Ekern) Frick on December 24, 1944. in Pipestone Minnesota. Tom shared his Christmas Eve birthday with his grandmother, Laura (Steen) Ekern. He grew on up on the family farm in Eden Township, Pipestone County, Minnesota. He attended Pipestone area schools. During high school he played baseball for his high school team, the Pipestone Arrows. His favorite hobby was hunting jack rabbits with his friends which they sold to the local mink farm.

After his high school graduation in 1962, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy. He graduated from Great Lakes Naval Training Center in North Chicago, Illinois. After graduation he was stationed in Norfolk Naval Station in Portsmouth, Virginia. His ship set sail on a goodwill tour from Portsmouth across the Atlantic, into the Mediterranean Sea, through the Suez Canal into the Indian Ocean. His favorite stops were Spain and India.

Upon completion of his service to the Navy, Tom went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he met and married Marvel Quittem. Their first daughter, DeAnna Ellen, was born in South Bend, Indiana. Then they moved to Garretson, South Dakota, where their first son, Mark was born. They later moved to South Bend, Indiana, where their second son, Tommie, was born.

In South Bend, Tom began his career as a professional truck driver driving coast-to-coast for Allied Van Lines. Later he moved his family to Lexington County, South Carolina, to be closer to his younger brother, Michael and his family. After tiring of long-haul trucking, he went to work for Air Freight so he could be at home more. Later he worked for several local freight companies so he could be home every night. Tom retired in 2005.

During his 40-year professional truck driving career, Tom found enough time to play slow-pitch softball where he pitched and played in the infield. He enjoyed a regular Saturday night poker game and an occasional trip to the nearest casino.

Tom lived on an acreage in Swansea, South Carolina, until his death on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the age of 77 years, 8 months, and 15 days.

Tom was a faithful member of Congaree Presbyterian Church where he served as an usher and cheerfully volunteered for whatever needed to be done. Tom and Marvel were members of the Mariners.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marvel (Quittem) Frick, of Swansea; daughter, DeAnna Lucas (Scott) of Lexington; sons, Mark Frick of Gaston and Tommie Frick of Swansea; (Other extended Family) grandchildren, Collin and Austin Schell and Courtney and Kyle Frick; great-grandchildren Charles Dean Schell, brothers, Jon Frick (Lauren), of Zimmerman, Minnesota, and Michael Frick (Janelle) of Prosperity, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mark William Frick.

Memorial Service will be held at Congaree Presbyterian Church located at 1221 Laffayette Avenue, Cayce, SC on October 2, 2022. Visitation will begin at 12:00 with Memorial Service starting at 1:00 and a dinner will follow. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


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Memorial Service
October 2, 2022

1:00 AM
Congaree Presbyterian Church
1221 Laffayette Avenue
Cayce, SC 29033
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