David Paul Fry Bath Born September 9, 1953 to Emil and Frances (Koch) Fry, passed away after a short illness on April 19, 2013. He was a member of the Hillsdale High School class of 1971 and a graduate of Michigan State University majoring in Building Construction Management. After graduation, Dave worked briefly in construction in West Virginia. He began his realty career in Hillsdale, Michigan in 1978 and relocated to the Lansing/ Bath area in 1982 where he became a well known and respected realtor. He and his wife, Paula, served the community as owners of Dave Fry Realty. Dave loved his family and the many outdoor activities he engaged in with family and friends; backpacking, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. Dave was a kind and gentle man who loved to farm. His perfect day would be awakening to the songs of the birds, tilling the soil in his garden, and planting his crop. Dave loved to tenderly care and watch his garden grow; harvest time brought a special joy. A summer's night gathering of friends at the campfire to sample the day's pick of sweet corn, was his evening of choice. He will be sorely missed for the richness that he brought to the lives of all he knew. He was deeply loved. He was a member of the Haslett Community Church and the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Emil Miller Fry. Surviving to cherish his memory are Paula (Somerville) Fry, his wife of 29 years; children, Nathan (Danielle), Anna, and Chris; grandchild, Lucca. He is also survived by his mother, Frances (Koch) Fry and siblings John (Andrea) Fry, Linda (Ivan) Fedosuk, and Ruth (Ed) Lape. Surviving in-laws include Jay and Vera Somerville, Pam (Jim) Omlor, and Roger Somerville. Several nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews survive. The funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5589 VanAtta Rd., Haslett, Michigan, with the Rev. Kurt Kirchoff officiating. Interment will be at Rose Cemetery, Bath. The family received friends from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI and one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Haslett Community Church Food Bank, checks payable to the Haslett Food Pantry, 1427 Haslett Rd., Haslett, MI 48840-8415. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at: www.greastlansing.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Apr. 22 to Apr. 28, 2013