Dennis Blair Fry, 79, a longtime Moclips resident, died on Monday, January 20, 2014, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was born June 23, 1934, in Montesano, to Ralph Roosevelt and Gertude (Sands) Fry.
His family moved to Camp 5 at Grisdale where his father worked in the woods. They later lived in the Wishkah Valley area and he attended Wishkah and Hoquiam schools. Following his formal schooling he went to work in the woods.
On November 6, 1953, he married Nancy Jane Becker at Newton, near Copalis Crossing. Dennis worked on the railroad at Newton before going to Forks where he worked in a plywood mill for three years. He then moved to Moclips / Pacific Beach area where he worked in shingle mills including the M.R. Smith Shingle Mill. Then for more than 20 years he was the custodian at North Beach High School in Moclips until he retired in the mid 1980’s.
On January 1, 1967, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. From then on until his death he was an active member and elder at Pacific Beach Community Church.
Dennis loved his wife and family. He instilled in his children the love of the outdoors with many a camping or backpacking trip. He, his wife, Nancy, and kids backpacked most of the major trails in the Olympic Mountains, including the cross-country Bailey Range route. Dennis was an avid fisherman and hunter, keeping the family stocked with wild meat each year, especially those tasty forest grouse! In his later years he became a bird watcher and feeder. He kept the humming birds coming in all year long.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy, of the family home in Moclips; his sons, Dennis R. Fry (Karleen) of Aloha, and John W. Fry (Lanie) of Pacific Beach; his daughters, Valerie J. Fry of Elma, and Candy A. Pimentel (Dave) of Elma; four sisters, Soni Peterson of Vancouver, Myrna Osborn (Robert) of Harrisburg, Pa., Karen Gelino of Vancouver, and Cheryle Breimon of Vancouver; 10 grandchildren, Justine Fry (Melia), Kristy Southard (Dennis), Lindsi Fry, Peter Fry (Lindsey), Erik Fry (Amanda), Jordan, Jason, Steven and Kyle Fry, and Kirsten Pimentel; seven great-grandchildren, Andy, Klayton, Kenai, John, Irely, Brayden and Jared, and numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Juji. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy F. Fry in 2010.
Donations may be made to Pacific Beach Community Church, PO Box 136, Pacific Beach, WA 98571.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Pacific Beach Community Church, 19 - 4th Street South, Pacific Beach.
Arrangements are by Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.