Born April 25, 1940, in Brazil, he was the son of Millard and Josephine Frye.
Bill married his love Bonnie in 1968 and recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary.
Bill received his undergraduate and masters degrees from Indiana State University and his Ph.D from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!).
Bill retired as a professor at the University of Akron after many years of teaching.
One of his proudest accomplishments was receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching.
Bill also authored several books and created educational software. Over the years, Bill served his community through coaching, acting as a judge for educational events and serving as Chairman of the Copley Township Zoning Commission.
Bill was a longtime member of Medina Country Club. Bill enjoyed life and had many travels, exciting life experiences and fun during his too short of time here.
Bill enjoyed golf, rides in his convertible with his wife, playing the stock market, keeping in touch with loved ones through e-mails and texts, reading, trapshooting and spending time with his granddaughters.
Bill was always up-to-date on politics and current events and was always ready to offer a thought-provoking discussion, financial advice, encouragement or a listening ear to his family and friends.
Bill will be dearly missed by his wife Bonnie (Boyd) Frye, sons Jay (Laura), Hudson, and Andy (Jessy) frye, Jacksonville, daughter Kelly (Eric) Luecke, Doylestown, and granddaughters Lauren and Cameryn Luecke.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, son Ryan Boyd Frye and brother Larry Frye.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, 1403 W. Hines Hill Rd., Peninsula, Ohio, 44264, or Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary, 5623 New Milford Rd., Ravenna, Ohio, 44266.
A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m., at Billows Funeral Home, 85 N. Miller Rd., Fairlawn, Ohio, with Dr. Donald M. Engle officiating, followed by a celebration of Bill's life at Edgar's at Goodpark Golf Course, 530 Nome Ave., Akron, Ohio.