ForeverMissed
His Life

A Celebration of Life

Loren W. Frendt, age 87, departed peacefully from this life on Monday, October 26, 2020, and did so with joyful anticipation of his eternal reward. He eagerly welcomed the day when he would meet his Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face.  He was surrounded by his family who deeply loved him, whether they were able to be at his bedside or with him in spirit from afar.

Loren is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Carol Frendt, his dear sister Elaine (Lew) Russo, Winston Salem, NC and his four sons for whom his love and pride overflowed: Mark (Gail) Frendt, Westerville, OH; Marty Frendt, Vancouver, OH; Scott (Sandy) Frendt, Duluth, GA; and Todd Frendt, Waterville OH (to whom the family is forever grateful for his oversight and help in the long term care of his dad).  Loren was also blessed with 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, each of whom he cherished.  He was grandfather to the children of Mark and Gail:  Kelly (Ben) Wagaman and great grandfather to their three sons, James, Joey and Johnny, Lewis Center, OH; Lindsay (Jordan) Roth and great grandfather to their two sons, Michael and Elliot, Westerville, OH; Meredith (Justin) Doellman and great grandfather to their daughter and son, Amaya and Brayden, Westerville, OH.  He was the grandfather to the children of Marty:  Meghan (Dan) Miller, Portland, OR and Connor Frendt, Vancouver, WA.  He was the grandfather to the children of Scott and Sandy:  Shay (Whitney) Frendt and great grandfather to their daughter and son, Summer and Walker, Wake Forest, NC;  Sean (Rhea) Frendt and great grandfather to their two sons, Hudson and William, Lawrenceville, GA; Spencer Frendt, Atlanta, GA.  He was the grandfather to the children of Todd:  Taylor (Lucas) Kervin, Rossford, OH and Tyler Frendt, Waterville, OH.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Edna Frendt and his sister Beverly.

Loren was born the 13th New Year’s baby in St. Paul, MN on January 1, 1933.  He lived in St. Paul with his parents during his formative years.  His parents were devoted Christians who made sure he had a foundation of faith.  One of his first Sunday School teachers was Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts (Charlie Brown).  Loren moved to Anderson, IN when he was 14 years old to live with his uncle and aunt, Helen and Robert Miller.  He went to work for his uncle who owned Roberts Floor Store and worked there until 1959.

Loren graduated from Anderson High School in 1951 where he lettered in football, wrestling and track.  Notably, Loren was known for initiating the first prayer before athletic events in high school.  He was an active member of A Club and Future Farmers of America.  After graduating from high school, Loren went on to study business at Anderson University where he played football for the Ravens until 1954.  While residing and working in Anderson, Loren was an active member of the Optimist Club and taught Sunday School (high school students) at Park Place Church of God with Joe and Dr. Cleda Anderson along with Dr. Hollis and Carol Pistole. 

Loren’s professional career involved various areas in the sanitary supply industry.  In 1959 Loren started Duo Sanitary Supply Company, a janitorial supply distributor on Main Street in Anderson, IN.  In 1969 Loren started selling motivational programs for the Paul Meyer’s Success Motivation Institute (SMI) out of Waco, TX.  In 1973 he went to work for HB Fuller Company and moved to Dallas, TX as Vice President of Distribution.  He was involved with the distributors of HB Fuller products and converted many of them from paper distributors to chemical distributors.  He moved to Toledo, OH in 1973 to operate Matt King Supply Company, one of the acquisitions on which he had worked.  In 1976 Loren bought Hammons Products in Fort Wayne, IN and moved it to Toledo, OH.  Hammons Products was a private label custom manufacturer of skin care products that he and his son, Todd, ran together until the business was sold in 1995 to Steiner Company of Chicago.  Loren then became a consultant for business acquisitions, consulting well into his retirement years, under Loren Frendt & Associates Consulting.

During his retirement years, Loren did not know the meaning of slowing down.  He traveled to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to recruit law students for The University of Toledo College of Law.  He was active in the Center for Family Business at The University of Toledo. He was a counselor for SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business.  He was an active member of The Compass Club of Northwest and branched off from there to form Boomers Resource Network/Great Lake Region.  He was an active participant in the group Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.  He was a principal in Sustainable Resources Institute.   

Loren’s mission in life was serving others.  He always looked for the best in everyone he met.  He encouraged others to keep moving forward and to focus on finding the blessings around them. He enjoyed buying and giving books to others that related to their lives. Loren had a big heart, a loving heart and a good heart.  He was a positive and happy man always filled with wit and wisdom.

At Loren’s request he was cremated and there will be no visitation or funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Loren W. Frendt’s name may be given to Anderson University Athletics, 1100 East 5th Street, Anderson IN 46012-3495.

The family thanks the caring staffs at Franciscan Care Center and Hospice of Northwest Ohio/Perrysburg.  To view a detailed copy of Loren’s obituary or send condolences go to www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.  The family also has this memorial website where we encourage condolences, fond memories and pictures that may be shared with the family and his many, many friends.