Memorial service for William “Bill” Fry, 86, Lisbon, N.D., formerly of Aberdeen, is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sptizer-Miller Funeral Home, Pastor Deb Grismer officiating. Inurnment at Riverside Memorial Park with military honors by Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post 24. Bill died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Veteran’s Home, Lisbon after a battle with heart failure and cancer.
William “Bill” Francis Fry was born March 9, 1925, to William and Lillian (Nanny) Fry in Aberdeen. He was baptized and attended school in Aberdeen.
January 1944 he entered WWII in the 28th Infantry Division of the US Army. He was captured and retained as a P.O.W. for seven months. He suffered starvation, freezing temperatures and unimaginable conditions for a human being to endure. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945 as a Corporal. He received the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and Purple Heart for wounds received in Germany, November 1944 when captured.
He returned to Aberdeen to help with the family trucking business, hauling livestock long and short distances. He eventually bought the business and continued as Bill Fry Trucking. He married Helen Williams in 1951. They had 5 children. Bill loved auctions — he made buying things an art form. He was always making a deal. The war made him fearful of being without, so he made sure to always have ample supply of — everything! He was generous to his friends and family. He was great driving — he didn’t mind leaving early, even 4 a.m. He was a GPS before they were invented, he knew every road and back road that existed. In his later years, he enjoyed watching his children and their families grow and succeed. He appreciated every visit and phone call.
Grateful for having shared Bill’s life are his children, Richard (Roxie) Fry, Robert (Donna) Fry, William (Tracy) Fry, Lisa (Roger) Reich, Julie (Mike) Mallett; 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his wife; parents; siblings Marion, Myles, Roy and Helen Murray; grandson Shannon Fry; and one stillborn infant.