Edson Fry

Edson Fry, 82, Velva, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva.

Edson Monroe Fry was born Aug. 19, 1930, the son of Harry Sr. and Martha (Hystad) Fry, in Wildrose. He was raised on a farm north of Velva, and graduated from Velva High School in 1948.

Edson enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 14, 1948. He proudly served his country during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 16, 1952.

After returning from his military duty, Edson married Ardell Covell on April 2, 1953, in Parshall. From this union, five daughters were born, Cheryl, Barbara, Linda, Karen and Denise. Edson worked for Sebby’s in Minot for several years. He then went to work for Basin Electric, where he worked until his retirement in 1992. He was also a skilled carpenter, a perfectionist who took pride in his work. He built two homes for his family.

He was a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva and a lifetime member of American Legion Post #39, where he served as commander. He also served many years as the American Legion baseball manager.

His loving family includes: wife of 60 years, Ardell, Velva; daughters, Cheryl (Bruce) Bearman, Troutdale, Ore., Barbara (David) Legg, Velva, Linda (David) Anderson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Karen (Bryan) Tomlinson, Harlowton, Mont., and Denise (Greg) Boyce, Williston; grandchildren, Nick and Josh Bearman, Travis and Nikki Legg, Eric and Kaitlin Anderson, Jacob and Zachary Tomlinson, and Tina and Amy Bachmeier; great-grandchildren, Daejon Moore and Denisha Bachmeier; brothers, Gordon (Janet) Fry, Montrose, Minn., and Donald Fry (Janice), Moorhead, Minn.; sister, Virginia (Neal) Feist, Velva; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Edson was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Harry Fry; and sister, Jean Nelson.

Funeral: Wednesday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva.

Burial: at Velva Community Cemetery.

Visitation: Today, Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Velva.

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