Robert J. “Bob” Fry

June 10, 1920 ‒ October 06, 2008

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Robert J. “Bob” Fry, 88, of Mansfield, passed away Monday evening October 6, 2008 in MedCentral Mansfield hospital following a long illness.

He was born June 10, 1920 in Wooster to William L. and Maude A. (Miller) Fry, and was graduated from Wooster High School. He also attended Wooster Business College.

Following graduation, he worked in the office of Republic Steel in Canton before joining the service.

A U.S. Army veteran, Bob served in World War II as a Battalion Sergeant/ Major.

At the close of his army service, he married M. Gene Blake on March 23, 1946. Shortly after their wedding, they moved to Mansfield where Bob joined his father-in-law, William Blake, in the family pastry business, Blake’s Pastries.

Bob then worked for Hawkins Markets for whom he opened a series of bakeries. During his career, he was well known for baking fancy pastries and his decorating ability. Several national magazines featured Bob and his work.

He was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church, where he attended for 54 years. There, he served on several church boards, sang in the choir, and worked with the finances for over 45 years.

Bob is survived by his wife Gene Fry of Mansfield, a daughter and son-in-law Jill and Larry Flores of Forest, Virginia, a granddaughter and her husband Allison and Seth Fletcher of Tennessee, and a grandson Joshua Flores of Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Clifford, a sister Louise Snoddy, and an infant sister Alberta.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 10, 2008 at 2 pm in Park Avenue Baptist Church, 296 Park Avenue West, Mansfield. Friends may call the hour prior. The Rev. Lawrence Cook will officiate. Interment will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

The family requests that flowers be omitted, and memorial contributions be made to Park Avenue Baptist Church.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock Funeral Home) is assisting the Fry family with funeral arrangements.