Robert E. Fry, 73, Navy vet, production manager at Case New Holland, OMPH basketball coach

By on May 3, 2017

Robert E. Fry, 73, of Ephrata, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Maple Farm, with his wife by his side.

He was born in Ephrata to the late Ruth C. Fry, and was the husband of Patrice (Andrusisian) Fry, with whom he shared 32 years of marriage.

He served four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Sampson. Bob was a production planner for Case New Holland. He was a past member of the New Holland Jaycees, American Legion Cloister Post No. 662, Ephrata Amvets Post No. 136, and Cocalico Post No. 3376 V.F.W.

He helped coach the OMPH eighth-grade basketball team for 12 years. He enjoyed bowling, playing softball, and hunting and fishing at the Twin Springs Sportsman Hunting Camp in Mifflin County. Robert was an avid NASCAR fan and had visited almost every track in the United States.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by a sister-in-law: Maryan Zook, spouse of Frank; two nieces: Dr. Melissa Zook (Susan); Marcy Zerr (Steven), all of Berea, Ky.; a nephew: Peter Zook (Elizabeth) of Greensboro, N.C.; seven great-nieces and great-nephews: Sam, Nathaniel, Layken, Landen, Amelia, Adaline, and James, the joys of his life; a close cousin: Raymond J. Fry, and his daughter, Jennie, both of Lancaster; and his beloved dog: Cassie;

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Maple Farm for the kindness extended during his stay. Also, heartfelt thanks to their neighbors and friends who stood by them through this difficult illness.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a celebration of Bob’s life on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Ephrata Amvets Post No. 136, 614 S. State St., Ephrata. Please dress casually.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to OMPH Athletic Association, 330 Church Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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