James Franklin Fry

December 02, 1931 ‒ January 01, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: James Franklin Fry passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, January 1, 2019 in Country Meadow Care Center.  He was 87.

James was born December 2, 1931 in rural Bellville to parents Lee M. and Thelma (Ruckman) Fry.  He was graduated from Bellville High School with the class of 1949 where he was captain of the varsity football and basketball teams.  After high school he proudly served his country by joining the US Marines.  His active duty was spent stateside where he was an aircraft engine mechanic.  James was particularly proud to have served as Crew Chief on the plane that flew General Eisenhower, and of his sharp shooter ribbon.  He remained a member of Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, Bellville.

On October 22, 1950 he married Phyllis A. DeWitt with whom he celebrated 68 years and raised three children.  Before his illness he served as her dedicated caregiver.

James was proficient at many things including plumbing, electrical wiring, carpentry and farming.  He worked for ER Boliantz as a butcher, Stevens Manufacturing and other local companies in maintenance. James was a dedicated employee and retired from Empire Steel in 1994 with 25 years of service, where he was affectionately known as BossHog.   During these years he also worked alongside his father at Fry’s Equipment Repair and with  his son Gary on the farm.

James was a member of Bellville Church of Christ. In his spare time, he took pleasure in woodworking, designing crafts and heirloom furniture.  James enjoyed cooking meals for his family and also skinned, cleaned and dried hides from hunting and trapping for Gary.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis, children Gary and Bonnie Fry, Linda and Mark Molnar, and Janet (Dominique DiMaggio) Malcolm; five grandchildren Jackie (Kevin) Warren, Jason (Amber) Fry, Jesse Fry, Cati (Jason Karlen) Molnar, and Carl (Hima) Molnar; 7 great grandchildren, sisters Florence Hunt and Mary Lee Kilgore.

James was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Barbara Rehmert.

His family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019  in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Friday. Kyle Thompson will speak and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery with American Legion Post # 535 of Bellville performing military honors.

The family would like to thank the staff of Country Meadow and Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and compassionate care.  Memorial contributions in James’ memory to Southern Care Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the  family and encourage you to share condolences at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Gary, Linda, Janet and Families.
    I was sorrowed to learn of your father’s passing. Please know that thoughts and prayers are with you. You will surely cherish the memories and lessons left by Dad.

  • Gary,Linda,Janet and families hold on to your memories and let them guide you during this time of sadness. Our deepest sympathy.

  • Gary,Linda ,Janet and families our deepest sympathy may you hold on to your memories and let them guide you during this time of sadness.

  • Gary,Linda,Janet and families our deepest sympathy may you hold on to your memories and let them guide you during this time of sadness.

  • We are so sorry for your loss, your memories will always be there . I know it is not easy. God bless

  • So very sorry for the loss of your Dad, Janet. May GOD be with you and your family during this time. Love, hugs and prayers!

  • Linda, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your sweet father. My God’s peace and comfort surround you during this time of loss.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Fry, as to he worked with my father, Hobart Prince, at Empire Steel. May the Lord comfort your family at this time. Hobart Prince, Jr. family.

  • To the Jim Fry family,
    Deeply sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a strong man and hard worker who loved his country life.

  • Bonnie,
    I am sorry to hear of your father-in-law’s passing. My sympathy to your family. It sounds like he was a wonderful person who lead a very full life. As we grow older ourselves, it’s hard to lose those we love, but time marches on…
    God Bless,
    Sandy ( Harfman) Sampson
    Madison class of 1971