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Michael L. Fry

Mike Fry had only one main goal in life, and he achieved it every day of his life: He wanted to make people laugh. He attended Ringling Brothers Clown College, where he had the honor of being trained by three of the world's top four Master Clowns. He left the circus, and spent the next 8 wonderful years portraying Happy The Hobo on the wildly popular TV show, Happy's Place, (syndicated in 207 cities) from 1982-1990. After reconnecting with fans via he learned how many lives he had touched, as his grown up fans confided how much Mike's daily shows had helped them through rough times in their lives.

After leaving the show, Mike turned his attention to another passion: inventing. He had his Big Light Bulb Moment when he asked himself: Why do fortune cookies have to be beige, bland and boring? That was the beginning of, which is still going strong in Indianapolis. Mike was always innovating and expanding his line of cookies, and his wife Erin continues his work. True to form, Mike had this to say about his company: "I don't bake cookies—I sell smiles—I think of myself as being in the joy business."

A lifelong learner and student of positive thinking, Mike began to share his hard earned wisdom and happiness secrets with others, giving workshops and doing speaking engagements all across Asia as well as closer to home.

Mike Fry never lost his sense of humor, even posing for a stunt photo on one of his hospital stays. He died on November 4 after a long illness, but he was wearing a funny hat—and that's no joke!

Mike waited a long time to marry, waiting until he found his soul mate. He is survived by his beloved wife, Erin Jump Fry, and his daughter, Ella Capri Fry; his sister, Deborah Scheiber and brother, Robert Fry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Darrol and Sylvia Fry.

In a befitting tribute, a joyful celebration of Mike's life will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 10 at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220.

It is suggested that in lieu of flowers memorial gifts be made to the educational trust established for Mike's daughter, Ella Capri Fry. Donations will be accepted at any PNC Bank branch, Account Number, 4804273619.

Memorial Arrangements are entrusted to Bussell and Bell Family Funerals, Carmel. Please visit:, to share memories and read more about Mike's amazing life.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 8, 2012
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