Eugene "Gene" Fricke died February 15, 2014

   Eugene "Gene" Howard Fricke, age 91, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away Saturday,
February 15, 2014, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs.  Born in Brookings, South Dakota, on July 28, 1922, he was the son of the late Albert L. Fricke and Edith Wacker Fricke.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline (Hipp) Fricke; two brothers, Raymond Fricke and Harold Fricke; an infant sister; and one stepson, Brian Smith.
 He is survived by his wife, Ruth Fricke; two stepsons, Michael Smith and Dennis Smith; one stepdaughter, Patricia Johnson; seven grandchildren, one nephew,and two nieces.  Mr. Fricke is also survived by other relatives and his many friends.
     A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2pm at the Grace Baptist Church.