Earl D. Fry, 85, of Wooster, went to be with his beloved Saviour on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.
He was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Holmesville, the son of Otis and Ethel Heidi Fry, and married Helen Topovski in April of 1948. She survives.
Earl graduated from Holmesville High School at the end of 1944 and enlisted in the Army in January 1945. After basic training in the Infantry at Camp Blanding Florida, he was sent to the South Pacific where he served for 13 months with the 902 Field Artillery Unit of the 77th Division in Hokkaido, Japan. Following this, Earl served with the 12th Cavalry in Yokahoma, Japan, until his return home in December 1946. After the war, he worked in all areas of construction for many years. Earl loved building and enjoyed helping all his children and his brothers with their homes.
In June 2011, Earl was privileged to take part in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. recognizing World War II veterans. Earl was a faithful member of West Hill Baptist Church, where his faith in the Lord grew stronger every day.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 64 years, are children, Karen (Bill) Lehner, Brenda (Bob) Fravel, Jane (Mike) Reynolds and Nancy Winn; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (Phyllis) Fry; and a sister-in-law, Norma Fry.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl and Frank Fry; and sister-in-law, Bernice Fry.
A celebration of Earl's life was Monday, Oct. 29 at West Hill Baptist Church, 2241 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster, with the Rev. Dan Wingate officiating. Burial was in Wooster Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.
The family requests donations be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691, in memory of Earl D. Fry.