Bill Froehlich

  • Born: December 14, 1930
  • Died: December 24, 2019
  • Location: Owensboro, Kentucky

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

Tel. (270) 683-1505

Tribute & Message From The Family

Bill Froehlich, family man, businessman, and civic leader, passed away December 24, 2019. He was 89. William Joseph Froehlich was born December 14, 1930, one of twelve children of the late Paul and Ava Harl Froehlich. Bill was a graduate of St. Joseph High School and attended Brescia University. He worked at Wyndall's before joining the United States Navy. While serving in Hawaii he met and married his wife Eloise. He had been in sales with Colgate-Palmolive and owned and operated the Frolic Night Club. He held office as Daviess County Judge Executive for three terms, having previously served one term as a Daviess County Commissioner. Mr. Froehlich had been the Executive Director of the Kentucky Judge Executive Association, the Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Principal Assistant to the Transportation Secretary under Governor Wallace Wilkinson. He had owned and operated the Froehlich Ham House.

His professional affiliations included membership in the Kentucky Association of Counties, chairman of the Green River Area Development District, a member of the board of directors of the former Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital, the Kentucky Literacy Commission, a board member of Owensboro-Daviess County Industry, Inc, and a board member of Audubon Area Community Services. He had been a long-time faithful member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Bill Froehlich loved children. Preceding him in death were his wives Eloise Lere Froehlich, the mother of his children, and Martha O'Bryan Froehlich; his step-daughters Dana O'Bryan and Pam Cox; his sisters Ava Froehlich, Helen Franey, Louise Haynes, Gloria Burcham, June Clark, and Sylvia Heflin; and his brothers P.J. Froehlich, Tom Froehlich, and Jim Froehlich.

Those left to honor his memory include his children Joey Froehlich of Frankfort, Danny Froehlich (Mary) of Owensboro, Rae Chandler (J.R.) of Ensor, and Dawn Poyner (John) of Owensboro; his step-children Michelle Eason, John O'Bryan, Richard O'Bryan, Tracy Settles, Cindy Zambrano, Neil O'Bryan, Beth Blandford, and Carrie Sheriff; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins; his brother Norman Froehlich (Joan); his sister Shirley Jarboe; and his friend Jean Scheible.

The funeral Mass for Bill Froehlich will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, followed by entombment in the mausoleum of Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, with prayers at 7:00 p.m. at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory and from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, St. Pius X Catholic Church, or the Lake Fund for the Heartford House of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky. Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family of Bill Froehlich at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dawn, I am so sorry about your dad. Your whole family is in my prayers.

Posted by Jill Hinton - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   December 29, 2019

Froehlich family: So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I served with him on several boards through the years and always respected him and his opinions. Also remember many times at the Frolic! My thoughts and prayers are with you now. May the Lord guide you through this difficult time

Posted by Tom Luckett - Owensboro, KY - Friend   December 28, 2019

Danny and Family, so sorry for your loss. My Prayers are with you.

Posted by Ruth Hina - OWENSBORO, KY - Friend   December 27, 2019

On behalf of the William J. Hein Family, I would like to extend our sincere condolence. The 2 Bill's were not just first cousin's, the were dear friends. Your Dad, Brother, and friend will be fondly remembered by the many who knew him. I don't think he could keep up with all of our names, but he always smiled, and said, Hello Cousin!! Mr. Bill, and your family, will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Vicki Hein Mills - Owensboro, KY - Family   December 26, 2019

sorry to hear about bill, wish i could be there for funeral im in florida would really like to see you joey we had some great times at wyndalls! bill was a very good judge executive amongst many other things the one thing he taught me is that the only local government that rural people have is the county government. bill always watched after the needs of the rural people he was always kind to me he will be missed

Posted by Gary Boswell - Owensboro, KY - Friend   December 26, 2019

Mary, We will pray for your family through this time.

Posted by Karen Higdon - Owensboro, KY - Coworker   December 25, 2019

To Bill's FA.
I met Bill back in 1963 while I was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY with the 101st Airborne Div. Five of us went to Owensboro to the "Merry Go Around". We got into a fight which we did not start. There were five of us: Bill Bliznick, Nick Mazola, Sam "Corky" Gaines, Hector Mambruno and Nick Mazola. We all played for the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eales". After we threw the bullies out we offered Bill to pay for some of the damage to the Merry Go Around. He decline it as he was glad that some one took care of those bullies that were harrasing many. He said that as long aw we came back and help him keep order that he would not charge us to get in. After I got out of the army I lived in Owensboro for 25 years in which we would run into each other at times and had just a great friendship. I later moved to Evansville and Haubstadt, IN where I started my company, Haubstadt Electric Corp. I later moved to Columbus, Ga and would visit Owensboro to see my daughters and grandchildren. I would run into Bill at Deloris and we would reminess much. A great gentleman. I will remember Bill in my daily rosaries. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Tony Nazario - Columbus, GA - Friend   December 25, 2019

I'm sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time. Prayers for you and your family.
Lisa Stone Lambert

Posted by Lisa Lambert - Whitesville, KY - Classmate   December 25, 2019

Rae Ann, I am so saddened by the passing of your father. Your parents were good people and so full of life. They treated me like family and provided many happy memories such as going to the state fair and getting out of school to help campaign! I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Sheila Havener Cecil - Owensboro, KY - Friend   December 25, 2019

A dear friend and Great Man has found a well deserved resting place with the Lord. Bill, you will be missed and what you did will live on forever. George Blackburn, Friend. Rockport, Ky.

Posted by george blackburn - rockport, KY - Friend   December 25, 2019

Bull was my neighbor for many years in Ensor. We both loved horses. He was a good friend and neighbor. He will be missed.

Posted by Laurel Bozman - Owensboro, KY - Neighbor   December 25, 2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a sweet man. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort. You will be in my prayers.

Posted by Jewell &Emma Payne - Owensboro, KY - Friend   December 24, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. We hope you can find some peace and solace from the holiday.

Posted by Larry Weill - Kuttawa, KY - Family Friend   December 24, 2019

Becky and I are very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Kentucky is a better Commonwealth for his service as a county judge and in Frankfort. I especially enjoyed working with Bill on Commissioner Logsdon's team at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Our condolences to the family.

Posted by John & Becky McCauley - Lexington, KY - Friend   December 24, 2019

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