Marvin's Story

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Marvin E. Fry, 90, a lifelong Danville area resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Danville, a son of the late Harry N. and Jennie M. (Rudy) Fry.

Marvin would have been married 63 years this Sunday, March 12, to the love of his life, Patricia B. Reilly whom he adored. They were married on March 12, 1954.

He graduated from Danville High School in 1946. Marvin attended the Horological Institute in Pittsburgh, becoming a watchmaker/jeweler.

Marvin served his country in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist's Mate 3-C during World War II.

He was employed by Danville State Hospital for 38 years as a canteen manager, from where he retired in 1984. Marvin was then employed part-time at the Guard House at Merck and Company as a contract guard for 15 years, retiring in 1999. In addition, he served his community repairing watches, jewelry and clocks.

Marvin was a member of Pine Street Evangelical Lutheran Church. His other memberships included Friendship Fire Company, Goodwill Fire Company, Danville Elks, Danville Moose, American Legion Post 40, Danville-Mahoning Lodge 224 F & AM, and the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.

He enjoyed cruises, bowling, flying as private pilot and especially enjoyed spending time at the Goodwill Hunting Club. Marvin was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, tenderhearted and kind man who was loved deeply by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Mark Fry and one daughter, Holly Berkey and her husband Tim, all of Danville; three grandchildren, Tyler, Trevor and Troy Patterson. Also surviving are one brother, Charles E. Fry and his wife Carolyn, of Danville; and several nieces and nephews.

Marvin was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth Miller, John Fry and Ray Fry.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services to be held Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Lois Martin officiating. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. at which time Masonic services will be held.

Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville, where military rites will be accorded.

The family will provide flowers.

Memorial contributions in Marvin's memory may be made to either Friendship Fire Company, 111 Ferry St., Danville PA 17821 or Goodwill Fire Company, 407 Center St., Danville PA 17821.

Published on March 10, 2017
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