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John R. Fry

John passed away, Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at his home under Hospice care.

He was born June 26, 1938 in New Washington, Ohio, the son of John and Erna (Keebler) Fry. His early life was spent on his family farm as the youngest and only boy of 5 children. John graduated from Buckeye Central High School in 1955. He proudly served his country in the Army National Guard. He worked for Menasha/USG for 35 years until his retirement in 2013.

John was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan much to the chagrin of his children. He loved fishing, traveling and time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Farming was his passion and it never left his soul, he held farmers in great regard. On May 31, 1968 he married Nancy Deaton who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Debbie (Fry) Kruse; grandchildren, Kris Kruse, Lexi (Mark) Esterline, Curtis Moss, Brent Moss, Donna Fry and Jennifer (Travis) Streich; great-grandchildren; Harper, Olivia, Jett, Madison, Logan, MacKenna, Cole, Carlie and Cam; daughter-in-law, Cindy Fry along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved sons, John E. Fry and Robert Allan Fry and by his siblings.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the Otsego District Public Library.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan


The family would like to thank them for their loving care of John and support for his family.

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Sheila Moss

August 24, 2023 at 1:27 pm

A really amazing man enjoyed that I got to meet him great big RIP Mr Fry


Cindy Fry

August 24, 2023 at 6:40 pm

Thanks sis. He was loved by so many. I’m going to miss him so badly.


Bertha Moss

August 24, 2023 at 9:59 pm

You were a really friendly person and your going to be missed by lots of people RIP Mr John Fry


Jim Holmes

August 24, 2023 at 4:35 pm

Bob was always a positive influence in my life. He will be greatly missed.


James Hoffman

August 24, 2023 at 8:12 pm

To John’s family, I am saddened to see that John has passed. I really enjoyed working with John at Menasha a few years ago. He was always full of knowledge and I learned a lot from him. Rest in Peace to my good friend and look forward to seeing you on the other side! Jim Hoffman


Anne Z

August 25, 2023 at 7:19 am

Dearest Deb and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss and pray for you and your family as you go through this time. May God bless you all.

Louis and Anne Zemlick


Pam and Terry

August 25, 2023 at 9:15 am

Nancy and family, Terry and I are so sorry to hear about John. He was a great guy and Terry truly enjoyed working with him. He will be greatly missed. ❤️


Steve Belden

August 25, 2023 at 6:26 pm

Worked with John, Menasha/USG

Good guy.

Sorry for your loss.

Steve Belden


Judy Moore

August 28, 2023 at 2:18 pm

Sorry for your loss. I know Chuck would send his regrets if he was still alive. We always liked running into John and Nancy when we were out to eat.



Joe Strausbaugh

October 13, 2023 at 3:34 pm

So sorry to hear of John’s (Bob) passing, always enjoyed talking to him. We were next door neighbors from New Washington Ohio.


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