John Edward Frost, 96, of Hendersonville passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Dayton OH to Ernest and Alma Edwards Frost, and was also preceded in death by his daughter Kathleen, sister Barbara Bates, and wife Audrey.
After graduating from Fairview High School in Dayton, he began his higher education at The Ohio State University where he joined Delta Upsilon fraternity. After WWII, he completed his B.A. at Miami University (Ohio). John proudly enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and was discharged in 1946. His first assignment was in Chemical Weapons, followed by others around the U.S. His last assignment was with the Signal Corp and was headed to Alaska for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. His train was returned to New Jersey where he spent the last months of his active duty.
John began his work career in New York City as an advertising copywriter and at the time of his retirement was a Sr. Vice President of ITSM. Some of his major accounts included the NY Stock Exchange, NY Life, Phelps Dodge, Continental Oil, and Proctor & Gamble.
John was active throughout his life with his church. He was an elder of the Glenwood Presbyterian Church in Glen Head NY, and Mt Pisgah Lutheran Church in Hendersonville. For many years he taught Sunday School at the 1st Church Congregational in Fairfield, CT.
Among John’s many hobbies and loves were tennis, golf, fishing, gardening and painting. He became an accomplished artist of portraits and landscapes from his travels to Mexico, Spain, Holland, Israel and Africa. His volunteer activities included leading his son’s Indian Guides troop, membership in Civitan, and 25 years at the Carl Sandburg Home National Park where he gave interpretive tours of Sandburg’s beloved home “Connemara”, and transcribed historic account books of C.G. Memminger who was its original owner. In 2010 President Barack Obama awarded him the President’s Service Award in recognition of his civic and volunteer work.
Left to cherish his memory are his children Marcia Frost of Taylorsville NC, Lynn Goodell of Liberty SC and James Frost (Ann) of Springfield VA; grandsons Michael Goodell, Bradley Frost and Kevin Frost; great-grandson Ethan Goodell; nephew Steven Bates; and nieces Linda Johnson, Nancy Bates, and Carol Shinnaman. He will be greatly missed by his family for the love, guidance and example he set for them, and by his friends for his wit and friendship.
John will be laid to rest at 10am on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Jonathan Christensen will officiate the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice.
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
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