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Jack E. Fry, 88, of South Whitley, died at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Renaissance Village where he had been a resident since December 2008
He was born June 15, 1922 in Elwood, a son of Clifford Clayton and Ida Marinda (Bowers) Fry. His formative years were spent in Osgood and Greensburg areas. He completed his education in Nebraska School in Jennings County.
On Nov. 7, 1942 he was inducted in the United States Army, serving in the South Pacific on the Island of Kwajalean during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 8, 1945.
On Oct. 20, 1946 he was united in marriage to Joanna Landis. They made their home in Richland Township with the exception of a short time in Jennings County. Mrs. Fry has also been a resident at Renaissance Village since December 2008.
He was employed at Blue Bell and engaged in farming for a brief period before driving truck for Stienman Trucking, later Bohren Transport and retired in 1980 from Transport Motors.
His memberships included Oak Grove United Methodist Church and Teamsters Local 414.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Joanna; five children, Jack A. Fry and Jerald E. Fry, both of South Whitley, Jill E. (Rick) Moyer and Julie A. (Tim) Carter, both of North Manchester and Joy E. Fulk of South Whitley; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Brashars; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Oak Grove United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.