Mark E. Fry

May 10, 1958 ‒ August 19, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Mark E. Fry fell asleep in death, Monday, August 19, 2019 unexpectedly in his home. He was 61.

He was born May 10, 1958 in Mansfield to parents Walter Eugene “Gene” & Mildred (Hardman) Fry. He graduated from Clear Fork high school with the class of 1976.

A young lady named Jeanette Merrell caught his eye and the couple married on January 26, 1985. Mark was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was currently serving as an elder in the Mount Vernon, Ohio congregation and served his God faithfully his whole life. He demonstrated a self-sacrificing, willing spirit, giving his all to his worship of Jehovah God and His will. For several years he served as the sound overseer at conventions and assisted at assemblies and Kingdom Halls. He especially enjoyed helping people learn about the Bible.

Mark worked for the phone company since he was 18 years old, where he worked for over 43 years. He was an PBX installer and technician.

Mark liked to farm and was proud that he could continue his parents and grandparents tradition. He loved being on the tractor plowing and tending to his fields as well as taking care of the Black Angus cows that he had. He always enjoyed attending the Bellville Street Fair tractor pulls.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Jeanette Fry of Bellville; sister Maureen (Greg) Jackson of Brunswick; nephews Shaun (Alexis) Jackson of Ravenna and Shane (Breana) Jackson of Ravenna; along with extended family from Richland and Ashland County.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Great Room in the Mount Vernon Developmental Center (1250 Vernonview Dr, Mt Vernon) where friends may call from 3-4 p.m. The memorial service will begin at 4 p.m.

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  • Jeanette,
    Please know you have my sincerest sympathy. I remember Mark from school. I was also part of the 1976 graduating class of Clearfork. I worked with you at the Lexington branch of Mechanics Bank. I will keep you in my prayers.
    Sharon Garrett

  • Dearest Jeanette,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Mark. We are both members of the Class of 76 and remember Mark fondly. Don would often chat with Mark when he came to service phones where Don worked in Mt. Vernon…the Siemens plant. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • You have my deepest sympathy. Mark and I. Went to school together and rode the same bus. He was always such a nice guy. RIP Mark

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time. Mark was a friend, awesome co-worker, and our customers best friend and someone they could always count on. Mark always went above and beyond to satisfy customers. Always a joy to meet with and talk to. He will be missed! Brian Wolford

  • Dearest Jeanette,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Please remember that Jehovah is the “Father of tender mercies and the God of comfort, who always comforts us in all our trials so that we may comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort we receive from God.” ( 2. Cor. 1:3,4) Though no one can know the full depth of your emotional pain, I sympathize and emphasize with you. Please lean on Jehovah for strength and comfort during this difficult time.
    Much love, Karen

  • Mark, was our main go to guy at the Ohio Laborers Training Center. He was a man of great wealth of knowledge. Mark and I also knew each other from our past and would share many stories about Bellville and the Street Fair to his farming. To the family may God above wrap you with his loving, healing arms at this time. Rest in Peace my dear friend.

  • Jeanette –
    On behalf of all of us at Mechanics, please know that you are being held close in all of our hearts. Your family at the Lexington Office love and appreciate you and trust you will sense the comfort of our thoughts and prayers.

  • I met Mark in 1977 when I was hired by United telephone. It was easy to see he was very dedicated to his work his family and his Hobbies. Our sympathy to all of you

  • Jeanette,
    Sending you hugs and keeping you in my thoughts during this difficult time. Hoping the love and kindness from your friends and family will comfort you and bring you peace.

  • So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. My heart especially goes out to Jeanette and his sister Maureen. I remember Mark and Maureen before they even started school. Know what a difficult time this will be to get through. Jehovah and his spirit are with you.
    Jeannie Chandler Rinehart
    Marion Congregation.

  • So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I was a classmate. Rest in peace, Mark. Prayers for the family

  • So very sorry for our loss as a community, but happy to know he is with God now. Sue and I have known Mark for about 16 yrs or so, always had kind words about us and I believe I never heard a discouraging word about anyone come from his mouth. A true man of God, we will miss him.

  • The POLICE DEPARTMENT will miss seeing Mark. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. Rest in Peace Mark.

  • Condolences from The Mount Vernon Fire Department. Mark was always a friendly face and eager to help us with our phone issues. He will be missed!

  • Being John Harwell’s Son in law I got introduced into the phone guys prank wars. I was victim to jelly on door handles and Vaseline on my windshield wipers a few times when I drove John’s truck. I got him back a few times when he came to do work at the police department. He was always smiling and stopped to ask how I was. He was a great guy who I will miss seeing. Sympathies to his family.

  • I met Mark at the Knox County Sheriffs office when he came to do phone work. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man.

  • I had the privilege to work with Mark during my 43 years with the phone company. He was a very dedicated worker and was always willing to work with us to satisfy our customers. His knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed. Condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Mark.

  • So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I knew him thru his work at our emergency communications center. He was always pleasant, kind and knowledgeable. My sympathies to his wife, family and friends.

  • So sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. My sympathies to his wife, family and friends. I knew Mark through his work. Also he worked with Junior Miss. He will be missed.