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February 20th, 2005

Deacon Irwin John Frost DDS (1919-2005)

This is the obituary for my maternal Grandfather, who died suddenly this past Thursday. He had been poor condition, but was stable, and in some ways was getting better. I last saw him in June.

Deacon Irwin John Frost, DDS, 85, of Waterloo, died Thursday, Feb. 17, at his home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1919, in a farm house in Walworth County, S.D., to Frank J. and Armella Schwind Frost. He graduated from St. Anthony’s Elementary School, Hoven, S.D. He then graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Cascade. He attended Loras College, Dubuque, for three years, being junior class president. He graduated from the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, July 1943. He entered service of the Dental Corps attached to the Air Force, and served over three years on active duty, being discharged as a Captain. He married Rita E. Otting, May 9, 1944, in St. Mary’s Church, Cascade, with his brother, the late Fr. Ed Frost presiding. He practiced dentistry in Waterloo from September 1946 until retirement in September 1982.

He was president of St. Edward’s Holy Name Society, plus other offices. He was chairman of the Committee for Cub Scouts at St. Edward’s for six years. He held offices in the local and district dental societies, and served on the Delta Dental Insurance Board of Trustees for 10 years. He was on the board of trustees for Columbus High School, helping in numerous fund raisers for Columbus. Also was chairperson to organize the Columbus Booster Club, and was a charter member of the Columbus C150 Club. Along with his wife Rita, they were inducted into the Columbus Hall of Fame.

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