116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Days To Remember
The "Wheaties" man
Clarence Frett will celebrate his 100th birthday
tomorrow. This Marion businessman, and impromptu celebrity, was born in Clinton, IA, graduating from Lyons High School in 1940. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and got called to duty on his birthday. He was "volunteered" to serve as the ship's barber while he was stationed aboard the USS
Beaufort (PF-59). After his discharge, he met the girl of his life, attended Barber College in Cedar Rapids on the GI Bill, moved to Marion and opened Frett Barber Service. He retired from 66 years of barbering in 2010 at age 88. He and his wife Frances celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary in November. He now fills his time with keeping his home, televised sports, and winning blackjack at the area casinos.
If you missed the "Wheaties" story, go to kcrg.com and search "Wheaties." While his Wheaties notoriety has offered him international recognition, he remains the same humble man that we know as "Dad."
Happy Birthday, Dad!
From all your kids, in-law kids, grandkids and
great-grandkids, and Mom, who is watching over you, and all of us.
If you know Clarence, call him and wish him a Happy Birthday. He'd love to hear from you.