Robert D. Fries Sr., 87, of Aldenville, died Monday in the VNA Hospice unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. His wife of more than 62 years is the former Laneta Kennedy.
Born in Aldenville, son of the late Arthur D. and Reba C. Fitze Fries, he grew up and spent his entire life farming on the family homestead where he was born. He also drove a school bus in the Aldenville area for many years. He was a longtime member of Aldenville Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a member of the board of trustees; a lifetime member of the PTA; a member of the Dairymen's League; and served on the boards of Pleasant Mount and Clinton Center cemeteries. He was also a charter member of Hawks Nest Hunting Club in Winterdale.
A true gentleman, he was a hard worker and lived a simple and humble life. He loved nature and the outdoors and enjoyed working in his garden and planting trees on the property with his son, Bobby. An avid reader, he also liked hunting, snowmobiling and taking photographs. One of his favorite pastimes was polka dancing with his wife and listening to country and western music. He dearly loved his family and his greatest joys in life were his grandchildren.
He is also survived by a son, Thomas Fries and wife, Pamela, Bethlehem, their children, Erik Fries, his wife, Paige, and daughter, Kinsey; and Andrew Fries, all of Lancaster; a sister, Mary Ryan, Waymart; a daughter-in-law, Ginny Fries, Aldenville; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert D. Fries Jr.; an infant daughter, Deborah; and two brothers, Bill and Karl Fries.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Aldenville Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Gary Gilpin, pastor. Everyone attending the funeral may go directly to the church. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jenkins Funeral Home, 269 Belmont St., Waymart. Memorial contributions may be made to the Construction Fund at Aldenville Baptist Church, c/o Pastor Gary Gilpin, 15 Brookside Road, Waymart, PA 18472.