Mr. Marshall W. Fry, 75, Rochester, passed away at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at his home.
On July 24, 1944, Marshall Warren Fry was born in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette. He was a treasured son of Lawrence “Bud” and Mildred M. Overlay Fry. Growing up as one of the four Fry children he shared his childhood with a sister Connie and two brothers Robert and Richie. Marshall graduated in 1962 from Monticello High School.
When patriotism beckoned, Marshall answered the call serving with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. His service stint included an assignment where he was based in Germany.
On the banks of the Tippecanoe River, Marshall and Laraine M. Kirby were married on June 29, 1991. They shared 28 years of life’s adventures.
With a strong work ethic, Marshall was a master welder and fabricator. For many years he was a Isshinryu Karate instructor sensei. Proud of his accomplishments he led by example being an amazing role model. He mentored many of his students offering individualized instruction allowing them to achieve their greatest potential. Marshall was proficient with karate ascending as a 5th degree black belt.
Marshall was passionate and dedicated about his daily workouts at the Wellness Center. This allowed him to keep focused and stay fit. He once bench pressed 365 lbs. BOOM! Marshall loved watching the Indianapolis 500, the Chicago Bears, Sox and the Boilermakers of Purdue. As a Grandpa he cherished the memories made while teaching the finer art of fishing to his granddaughter Hayly.
With a happy demeanor and a ferocious love for people, Marshall established a dedicated fan base. Loyalty was his greatest character trait, a man who would give the shirt off his back to family and friends. He wanted to insure the comfort of all those around him. Marshall was an amazing joke teller, keeping his listeners laughing. He loved hats being proud owner of a unique collection. To relax, he enjoyed his perch on the banks of the Tippecanoe watching the river, and the seasons while soaking up the warmth of the summer sun.
Left to cherish Marshall’s memory are three children, Beth Ann Oldfather of Rochester and Matt and Sherry Hall of Lucerne, April Esposito of Monon; five grandchildren, Hayly N. Oldfather, Cheyene A. Oldfather, Alleigh Byrd, Mathias Hall and Jake Esposito; a sister Connie Chambers and husband Will of Bloomington, a brother Robert Fry and wife Becky of Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Preceding Marshall in death are his parents Bud and Millie Fry, beloved wife Laraine on January 31, 2019, a daughter Jean Ann Kirby and a brother Richie Fry.
Friends may visit with the family of Marshall W. Fry from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, July 10, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.
To Marshall’s wishes the familys friends to wear casual attire. At 1800, Military Honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team.