Darren J. Fricke

October 06, 1960 ‒ November 11, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Darren J. Fricke, age 58, of Mount Gilead, passed away at his home, Sunday, November 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

On October 6, 1960, Darren was born in Mount Gilead, OH, a son of John Samuel and Barbara Jean (Soulier) Fricke.  He graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1979.

Following graduation, Darren enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served his country during Desert Storm and specialized in communications, building and repairing communications towers in many parts of the world.  He retired from the Air Force and continued working for many years in communications before moving back to Mount Gilead, where he, among other jobs worked for Lowe’s driving their delivery semi.   Darren was fiercely patriotic and loved his country.  He and Cindy enjoyed traveling across this great nation seeing its sites and visiting family and friends.  He was a life member of the VFW Post 8054.

On September 19, 1992, Darren married Cindy Dee Wooten in Wichita Falls, TX.  They have shared the last 26 wonderful years as husband and wife.

Darren loved spending time in the great outdoors.  He liked cutting wood and helping his wife with her bee keeping.  He also enjoyed tinkering in his garage, repairing his old Chevy trucks and working on the interior of their home.

Darren enjoyed watching and attending NASCAR races, with his favorite driver being Dale Earnhardt Jr.  He was also a big Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

Darren will be remembered as a kind, gentle man who was full of energy and always had to be doing something.  He was rather ornery and could be stubborn as a mule at times.

Darren will be dearly missed by his wife, Cindy, of Mount Gilead; his son, John Fricke of Seattle, WA; his parents, John and Barbara Fricke of Mount Gilead; his brother, Bradley (Tina) Fricke of Mount Gilead; aunts and uncles: Dan (Connie) Fricke of Mount Gilead, Dave (Joyce) Fricke of Mount Gilead, Betty (Ron) Perkins of AZ, Marian (Dan) McBride of ID; mother-in-law, Barbara (Blair) Patrick of Olympia, WA; sister-in-law, Deborah (William) McCarson of Samish, WA; nephews: Wyatt and Cole Fricke and Bryce and Curtis McCarson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Fricke; two uncles: John and Billy Soulier; and his father-in-law, Brent Wooten.

Per Darren’s wishes, no funeral services will be held.

Memorial contributions in Darren’s name may be made to the Sanctuary of Hope c/of Cornerstone Church, 18755 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, Texas 78258.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Darren’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Cindy

    Sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, Darren. Words seem so inadequate at a time like this. Your care and love for him is an example of what it is to put another first in your life. I’m not sure if you are familiar with the poem “this is dying’, but I
    a going to leave a copy here.

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
    spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
    for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
    of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

    Gone where?

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
    hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
    And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
    Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

    And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
    there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
    ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

    And that is dying…

    God bless

    • Thank you. That is beautiful and I need to keep it in my mind when I am looking to our Lord. . .for answers.


  • Cindy, Barb, John and Brad,
    So sorry for your loss. Too much sorrow for your family to bear alone I hope you find comfort in Friends and Family.

  • Cindy, Barb, and John,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Darren’s passing.

    Words cannot express at this time.

    I can only say, Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Christ and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

    Cousin, Mary Jane and John Peterson

  • Thoughts and prayers to family and friends! Darren was ornery very much so but a very good guy. Sorry for your lost Fricke family!

  • To the Fricke family,
    My sincere condolences. Prayers for you all that you might find peace.

    Nathan Long

  • Fricke family: so sorry for your loss. Praying that the Lord’s peace, love, and comfort for you all.

  • Cindy,
    I simply cannot come up with any comforting words for you. I know that you and Herb were meant to be. Over the past 26 years I have always tried to keep in touch with y’all as I always considered you two my kind of peeps. Herb was a great man and a good friend. Never remember him not having a smile. Keep his smile with you everyday. I am simply heartbroken to know Herb is gone.

    • Thanks Jim, there were several pictures to choose from because they all had smiles and a twinkling in those baby blues. He always enjoyed your visits, either in person or over the phone. God leaves us wonderful memories, maybe we can smile at them when the pain lessens. Cindy

  • Cindy im so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. I wish i could of got to know him. Darren sounds like he was a wonderful and special man. All my love and prayers to you and your family.

  • Too all the Fricky family, I’m so sorry to hear of Darren passing. I remember him and John as being great hard working young men . I was fortunate to have played football and run track with John and I remember Darren as being really good young man. You all will be in our prayers!

  • To the entire Fricke families.

    I am so sorry for your loss. This comes to a big shock to me and my family. My thoughts and prayers be with you and your families during your time of sorrow. May Darren rest in peace in heaven. Darren was a wonderful man who served his country with so much pride.

  • Dear Cindy, Barb,John, Bradley and families, We are so sorry to hear of Darren’s passing. Our hearts go out to you all at this sad time. May you feel the comfort of God’s loving arms around you as try to go on in the days and weeks ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kindest Regards, Sally Ullom Dye and Eilene Ullom Harris.

  • John and Barb we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your son. Charlie and I Novi pain in your heart for losing a child. Hang onto the memories and our hearts are with you

    Charlie and Penny Albright

  • So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to the entire Fricke Family. Lots of thoughts, Prayers and Love.

  • Cindy , Uncle John, Aunt Barb , Brad and Tina , Boo man and Cole and Wyatt.. So sorry to hear of Darren’s passing. You will forever be in my prayers. Love you all❤️Kathy

  • To all of the Fricke Families………so sorry for your loss. May God COMFORT you at this difficult time.

  • John and Barb, so sorry to read of your sons passing. I always say that memories are pictures in your heart. Hang on to those wonderful memories and he will live in your heart forever.

  • Cindy, John, Barb, Brad, and Family… I am so sorry for your loss. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m sorry for your loss, Cindy.

    Keeping you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Darren’s death. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy, and may God give you peace and strength for the days ahead.

  • Cindy,

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Cindy John Barb Brad and all Fricke Family Our condolences from the Burton family and prayers are with you so sorry for your families loss God bless each and everyone of you. Truly and sincerely the Burton family

  • We at Lowe’s have missed Darren and no matter how long he has been off work continued to trust he would one day be back working with us. The learning he has passed is saddening because it carries the knowledge we won’t get to share that time together m. We are happy to have had the time to get to work together, our prayers are with his family and all who were blessed to know him.

  • Cindy and Family,

    May God be with you and your family during this time of loss. May you find comfort and peace in His presence knowing that He has welcomed Darren home to be with those who have gone before him.
    With Sympathy and Prayers,

  • Sending my prayers of peace to your entire family at this time. Hold close the memories they will get you through the tough days ahead.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to all of you at this sad time. Darren was a great guy.

  • Cindy, John, Barb and Brad and family, Our sincerest condolences in this saddening time, so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Cindy, Barb, John, Bird, Tina, Wyatt and Cole,
    I’m remembering my brave little nephew watching late nite scary movies on my living room floor his brothers and my girls. It was 1979, Ron was in Vietnam and the kids kept me company! Darren never showed fear when Bella Lagosi came in the picture but all the other kids screamed and hid their face. Darren was always a brave man who served his country and loved his family! Heaven is welcoming Darren, with his beautiful smile, with open arms!
    With deepest sympathy,
    Aunt Betty and Uncle Ron

  • Cindy – I just was told of Darren’s passing. I am sorry for your loss and hope that you can focus on and remember all the good times you had together. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Bob Sidman

  • Cindy and the Fricke Family,
    My deepest sympathy for your great loss and sadness. Darren will live on in the memories of all who were fortunate enough to have known him. It was an honor to call Darren my friend.

  • Dear Fricke Family,

    So very sorry to hear of Darren’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.

    John Bachelder
    Karen Bachelder Kurilec
    Sharon Bachelder Hackworth
    Mary Jo Bachelder Bowman

  • Cindy,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that you are a person of faith, but at times like these are faith can be tested. As others have mentioned, keep the memory of the wonderful times the two you spent together close in mind and heart. And in the difficult moments ahead, may God provide you comfort, as he loves and cares for you.


    • Oh Reggie, I know he is with the Lord now. I won’t lose my faith, my broken heart went with him. I never imagined a pain so deep and hurtful with no possible way of easing it. Thank you for your kind words and as always, your wisdom. Cindy

  • Rest in peace my old buddy we had a lot of good memories growing up together me you Jaggers Harmon we used to and thank you for your many years of service!!! kill it man back in high school and after High School you’re a good man rest in peace brother!
    And thank you for your many years of service!!!

    • Hold on to those memories. Darren told me about some of them. He will want to see you in eternity – trust in the Lord – Cindy.

  • Rest in peace my old buddy we had a lot of good memories growing up together me you Jaggers Harmon we used to kill it man back in high school and after High School you’re a good man rest in peace brother!
    And thank you for your many years of service!!!

  • Fricke Family,
    My heart is heavy. The world was a better place with Darren in it. May his memories always make you smile and bring you comfort.

  • Dear Cindy, Barb, John, Bird, Tina, Wyatt and Cole,

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you and comfort you during this difficult time. We rejoice in our memories of Darren that keep him alive in our hearts and minds. Grandma, Grandpa, Billy, Johnny, Johnny, and Lori were all waiting for him with open arms. Our angels in heaven.

    Safely Home – unknown author:

    I am home in heaven, dear ones;
    Oh so happy and so bright!
    There is perfect joy and beauty
    In this everlasting light.

    All the pain and grief is over,
    Every restless tossing passed;
    I am now at peace forever,
    Safely home in heaven at last.

    Did you wonder how I so calmly
    Trod the valley of the shade?
    Oh, but Jesus’ love illumined
    Every dark and fearful glade.

    And he came himself to meet me
    In that way so hard to tread;
    And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
    Could I have one doubt or dread?

    Then you must not grieve so sorely,
    For I love you dearly still;
    Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
    Pray to trust our Father’s will.

    There is work still waiting for you,
    So you must not idly stand;
    Do it now, while life remains,
    You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

    When that work is all completed,
    He will gently call you home;
    Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
    Oh, the joy to see you come!

    Hugs and prays. Love you all.