Walter Eugene “Gene” Fry

September 02, 1934 ‒ January 15, 2013

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: W. Eugene Fry, age 78, of Bellville, passed away Tuesday morning January 15, 2013 peacefully at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio.

He was born September 2, 1934 in Bellville, Ohio to Walter and Carrie (Thomas) Fry. He lived the majority of his life in Bellville graduating from Bellville High School in 1952.

On June 22, 1954 he married Mildred Jane Hardman, and they made their home, and raised their family in Bellville. He often spoke about the friendships he made with his customers at “The Store” which was Martin Hardware – Westside where he worked for over 39 years.

He was dedicated to his God Jehovah as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 59 years, and served as an Elder in the Mansfield South Congregation.

Eugene truly enjoyed Jehovah God’s creation as he viewed the baby Black Angus calves running across the field on his farm. He could be seen in his hay fields preparing for the winter so he could spoil his cows which he had given individual names. He spent time imparting his knowledge to his children and grandchildren speaking of his experiences in life.

Part of Eugene’s personality was showing hospitality to friends and families with hay rides and sledding parties on the farm. He enjoyed teaching people the Kingdom Message and simple truths of the Bible. He loved speaking about how this earth will soon be transformed into a paradise with all sickness done away with and those that die will be resurrected to this earth when all wickedness and suffering is removed. Eugene will be remembered for his pure love, genuine care, true generosity and concern for others.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Mark & Jeanette Fry of Bellville; his daughter and son-in-law Maureen & Greg Jackson of Brunswick; grandsons Shaun (Alexis) Jackson of Ravenna and Shane Jackson of Brunswick; Also surviving are brothers, sisters and their spouses Marguerite Chamberlin of Bellville, Marcile Rita of Crestline, Charles and Sherry Fry of Wauseon, Valera and Frank Lake of Noti, Oregon; sister-in-law Ella Jane Fry of Bellville; brother-in-law Sam Mansueti of Crestline and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred, his parents Walter and Carrie, three brothers Robert Fry, Dale Fry, Leo Fry and a sister Mildred Mansueti.

The Fry family will receive friends Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. David Kieffer will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in Gene’s memory to Mansfield South Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses may be made at the funeral home.

Private condolences to the family are encouraged by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com