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Joseph "JE" Frullo

July 24, 1941 ~ July 13, 2020 (age 78)


Joseph “JE” Frullo, 78, resident of Medford, Oklahoma passed away on July 13, 2020 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph and Evelyn Frullo on July 24, 1941.  He left home at age 16 to become a rodeo cowboy – which was his life’s passion.  He was the Jack-of-all-trades and dabbled in many careers throughout his life such as driving big rigs, night club owner, manager of Frontier Rodeo in Ohio, an auctioneer, and earned his real estate license then owned two real estate offices.  Too old to rodeo later in life, Joseph pursued another thrill that he found in aviation, earned his private pilot’s license, and opened Silverwing Aviation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Following 9/11, he moved to Medford, Oklahoma and eventually opened Pioneer Trading Pawn Shop.  Joseph was an outgoing guy who was the life of the party and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cooking, and attending auctions.  His quick wit, sense of humor and storytelling will be sorely missed.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents, brother John “Jack” Frullo, and son John Frullo. 

He is survived by his ex-wife Patricia Defendini who was the mother of his five children:  Lisa Baskin and husband Marc Baskin, Joseph Frullo and girlfriend Robin Gary, Julie Reil and husband Paul Reil, and Peter Frullo; grandchildren Keith Steinhour, Michael Steinhour, Tony Frullo, Page Frullo, Teresa Frullo, Kellie Burnett, McKenzie Frullo, Peter Frullo; eight great grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him. 

Memorial service will be held at a date TBD due to COVID-19.  Please watch for announcement.


The family of Joseph Frullo wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Linda Woodruff, APRN of Medford, the “5th floor chemo girls” at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center of Enid, Dr. Ibrahimi and his clinical trial team at Stephenson Cancer Center of Oklahoma City, and the staff at Emerald Hospice of Midwest City.  A special thank you to Leon Lipsett for upkeep of Dad’s lawn during his extended absence.

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