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Hubert Harold Fry
Hubert Harold FryFlagHubert Harold Fry, 90 of Richwood died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Marion General Hospital.

He was born July 22, 1925 in Millcreek to James Harold and Nellie (Fairbanks) Fry.  He attended Bellepoint school until third grade when his mother and father divorced, and then he went to live with his Aunt Hazel and Uncle Roy Fry, north of Richwood.  While living with Hazel and Roy he attended school in Essex and helped on the farm. When his grandpa Fairbanks died he moved back to the New Dover area to work the Fairbanks farm until his grandma Fairbanks passed away.  At that time he moved in with his oldest sister, Julia, and her husband, Keysie Yoder, helping with babysitting and working the Yoder farm as well as helping neighboring farmers whenever possible.  He graduated from New Dover High School in 1943.  He then enlisted in the U. S. Army and while enroute to Japan, World War II ended, so he served his tour of duty during the occupation of Japan. Upon returning from the service, he lived for a time with his sister, Ann and her husband, Frank Rausch, finding work doing construction and running heavy equipment for the L. C. Grindell Company in Richwood.  Eventually this work led him to the Ohio State Highway Department (now ODOT) and the Union County Highway Department where he became supervisor of the bridge replacement crew.  He worked there until he retired.

He was introduced to Maryalice Thompson and they were married in 1955 and settled down in Richwood in 1956.  After a 9-month battle with cancer, Maryalice died in 1973.  He understood the value of education and was proud that all of this children went on to attend or graduate from institutions of higher learning, Jonella and William from Ohio Northern University, Melinda and Russell from The Ohio State University, and Laura from Marion Technical College.

After retiring from the Union County Highway Department in 1986 he proudly served the veterans of the county as a member of the Union County Veterans Commission until 2007.  While serving on the commission he was a member of the American Legion, the AmVets, and he was a founding life member of VFW Post 870 in Richwood.

Hubie liked to drink a few beers occasionally with friends.  He loved a good joke and was very proud of his grandchildren, Beau, Timothy, Emma, Nicholas, and Charles, following and supporting them in whatever endeavors they might be participating in. He also enjoyed working with family friend, Lee Foos on his farm for several years after retiring from the county.  He had a great admiration for Kaki and Tom Johnston and their children and considered them as part of the family.  In his later years, he spent many of his mornings enjoying breakfast and talking with his friends in Marion.  He especially enjoyed the care and attention he received from his friend, Marcella while at Bairre’s Restaurante.  He had a knack for acquiring new friends.  As many of his old friends passed on, this knack helped him to enjoy a zest for life, even as mobility issues slowed him in his later life.  He grew up in a time when being propelled on farm equipment that was 2-horsepower meant it was pulled by 2 horses.  He loved to work outdoors where he could get “plenty of fresh air and sunshine” and we are sure that’s where his spirit will continue to live on.

He is survived by daughters, Jonella (Spiro) Michaylov, Redmond, Washington; Laurie (Brian) Reeder, Richwood; sons, William (Kim) Fry, Allen Center; Russell Fry, Richwood; grandchildren, Beau Lusk, Timothy Fry, Emma Lusk, Nicholas Reeder, Charles “Chaz” Reeder; and a sister, Mary Jane Chapman, Marysville; sister-in-law, Wilma Ross, Richwood; brother-in-law, Mike (Karen) Thompson, Hocking Hills; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Maryalice, a daughter, Melinda Fry, sister, Julia Yoder, Ann Rausch and Jean Simpson, brothers-in-law, Clelia “Keysie” Yoder, John “Crawdad” Simpson, Richard “Monk” Ross, Jack Shank, Frank Rausch, and Edward Chapman, and sister-in-law, Shirley Shank.

Funeral services will Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Joe Rhea officiating.  Military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 7 PM at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to Richwood VFW Post 870, P. O. Box 164, Richwood, OH 43344 and North Union Baseball for Boys, PO Box 13, Richwood, Ohio 43344.

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#1 from: Carolyn Henderson
Green Camp Township
Mon, May 30, 2016 at 9:43 AM

RIP Hubie~~~~you were a good man

#2 from: Judy (Rinehart) Beery
North Port, Florida
Mon, May 30, 2016 at 2:26 PM

So sorry to hear the news and equally upset I'm not there to see you. Prayers to all of you for comfort and healing of your heavy hearts but know you are so blessed to have each other to lean on.
With love and my condolences~

#3 from: Michael Schurch & Family
Tue, May 31, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Hubert was always a happy face at Baries many mornings, he would catch me up on all the things that were happening in my hometown of Richwood and I would keep him up on my mother and father (Glenn  & Dorothy Schurch) who he went to school with, both at Essex and Richwood. He was a kind,wonderful person and will be truly missed.

#4 from: Thomas Payne
Delaware, OH
Tue, May 31, 2016 at 7:29 PM

I have fond memories of "Lead Foot" driving Sam Wright, Rusty and me to/from some event. Even though that seems so long ago, it isn't the same knowing those are just memories. I pray your memories are just as good and you all find peace.

#5 from: Pat & Larry Krebehenne
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Love and prayers to all the family.  We know what a close family you are and how very much he will be missed.  Cherish all the memories and the times you shared together.
Sincerely, Pat and Larry

#6 from: Rebecca George
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Condolences to all of the family of Hubert Fry.
 How interesting to read his life story.  I first knew of your father when he apparently was living with his Uncle Roy and working as a farm hand because I think they were helping my father and grandfather make hay.  
 His cousin Joan was a few years ahead of me in school.
 Of course I had the pleasure of having some of you in my classes at North Union.  
 Later I knew your Aunt Julia because we were both involved in the Union County Genealogical Society.
 It is a talented family your parents produced.
 God bless you all.
Mrs. Becky George  

#7 from: Judy Nickel
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 4:16 PM

So sorry for the loss of your best Grandpa,
Great-Grandpa, friend, mentor, Father, and teacher.  Praying that God will give you comfort, peace, and understanding.  May God wrap His loving arms around each of you and show you how much He loves you.  God Bless!

#8 from: Marcella McCoy
Marion, Ohio
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

I'm saddened to hear of Hubie's passing. My sincere deep condolence. He was an extraordinary man, full of life always a joy to be around with his big smile. Treated me with respect and kindness. My prayers and thoughts go out to the Fry family.

#9 from: Billy Joe  Cordle II
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 5:18 PM

My prayers are out for you Rusty and your family.

#10 from: Misty (Cordle) Snyder
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Sorry for your families loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Rusty and your family.   Love, Misty

#11 from: Ted and Susie Kavanagh
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 9:07 PM

We're so sorry for your loss of Hubie, but glad we got to visit him a while last week.  He was such a great guy and will be missed by many.  Prayers for all of you.

#12 from: Mary Howell
Marion, Ohio
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 8:18 AM

We pray for comfort in the passing of your loved one, Hubie.  He touched so many peoples lives and was so respected for his kindness. We pray that your wonderful memories will help you to get through this difficult time. The Otto Howell Family

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