Elmer C. Fry, Sr., 62, of New Providence Township died Thursday evening in the Lancaster General Hospital after a brief but serious illness. He was the devoted and loving husband of Karen E. Fry of 45 years.
Elmer was born in Coatesville, PA to Francis and Grace Fry, Sr, and attended school at Downingtown. He was a member of High View Church of God in Ronks. Elmer enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working, the Theological study of the Bible, cooking, canning, raising turkeys for Thanksgiving, as well as hunting and shooting. He was employed at Pine View Enterprises and Terra-Gro for 16 years. He also drove tractor trailer for Blue Diamond and Yellow Freight as well as for himself as an owner-operator.
In addition to his wife Karen, he is survived by his three sons, and two daughters Vickey Hamby-Fry of Willow Street, engaged to Anthony Todd, Elaine Kirk of Nottingham, wife of Jeffrey, Elmer Jr, of Quarryville, husband to Kimberly, Matthew from Quarryville, and Mark of Buna, Texas, husband to Heather. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Siblings include Francis H. Fry Jr, Deceased, formerly of Downingtown, William B. Fry of Lancaster California, Judith A. Eckbold, and Sharon L. Kephart of West Chester, Grace A. Berrier and Terry L. Rider of Downingtown, and Gail M. Wiker, Deceased, of Powell, Tennesee.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at High View Church of God, 2470 Leaman Rd, Ronks, Pa., on Saturday, January 31’st at 1:00 o’clock. Pastor Thomas Lefever and Pastor Thomas Myers officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions can be made in Elmer’s memory to High View Church of God for their outreach ministry.
Karen & family,
My (our) hearts were broken when we first heard of Elmer’s illness. We were up and down like everyone who loved him. The last week I looked forward to spending the day alone with him at the health campus and that didn’t happen, two times. The Lord had other plans. God was gracious to give us alone time last Wednesday while you and Teresa were running errands. We had an awesome time together that morning. I had the pleasure of reading scripture and praying together. We had done that together over the years, but it was the best last week. I saw the peace of God resting on Elmer and that blessed me and gave me comfort. Elmer expressed to me how he was assured that when he was set free from this illness, he had a home eternal prepared for him in heaven. In the end Elmer won the battle, cancer had died and my brother still lives !!
We thank God for all the times we had over the years, watching our children grow and worshipping together. We had many late night sessions gabbing and drinking coffee together, and swapping trucking stories.
We ask the “God of all comfort”, to give His peace to you all and rejoice knowing that we don’t sorrow as those without hope do. Your dear husband, father, and grandfather has seen Jesus and is experiencing that “joy unspeakable”, the bible talks of. We love and appreciate your friendship more than we can articulate. God bless you all !
Mike & Teresa
Karen and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Elmer’s passing. He was always one of my favorite cousins. I know in time I will come to smile when I think of him instead of crying… Love to all of you
Dear Karen and family,
We are so sorry for the passing of Elmer. My husband Richard (Dickie) is Ann Elvin’s youngest son. He wants you to know that they had lots of fun time when they were young. We are praying for you and your family at this time. Elmer is in the presence of our Lord and that is wonderful. It is hard for those who are left behind.
Love to you,
Dickie and Skeet Elvin