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Melvo Ermin Fry

Posted: Friday, Jan 25th, 2013


May 1, 1908-Jan. 23, 2013

LINGLE – Melvo Ermin Fry, 104, passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Goshen Care Center in Torrington.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Goshen Care Center with Pastor Bob Fertsch and Pastor Curtis Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Lingle.

Memorials may be made to either the Lingle Fire Department or the Goshen Care Center.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. with family at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home, and friends may send their condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.

Melvo was born May 1, 1908, in Logan, Iowa the son of Andrew Jackson and Mary Jane Charlotte (Shaw) Fry. At age 7, his family traded the corn and tree farm in Iowa for a citrus farm near Weslaco, Texas, where he started school.

In 1918, the family moved to a farm near Leedy, Okla. Melvo picked cotton there and bought World War I war bonds in support of his older brother, Clark, a soldier in France.

In 1920, his family moved to his brother Calvin’s homestead three miles east of Jay Em. It was there that he walked a little over a mile to a one-room schoolhouse and attended school through the eighth grade.

He then did some classes through the mail, as he valued his education. He helped his father ranch and farm until he bought a house in Lingle in 1939. His elderly folks then moved to Lingle to live with him. Melvo worked at the potato cellar unloading freight from the trains and odd jobs around Lingle.

In the early ’50s, he moved back to the ranch to help care for his father until his death at age 98. He moved back to Lingle in the ’60s, where he lived until moving to the Goshen Care Center in 2000.

Melvo was a gentle man who liked to read and have a good dog. He liked having a garden and fruit trees. Melvo had a remarkable memory and could tell many stories of family and growing up. He enjoyed his years at the Care Center, especially music and hymn singing … but most of all he enjoyed bingo. A highlight for him was riding in the Goshen County parade at age 102.

He is survived by four nieces, Arbonna Davis of Colorado, Nadine Page and Linda Nichol of Wyoming and Audrey Fry of South Carolina; two nephews, Lyndell Morgan and Wayne Fry of Colorado; and several great, great-great and even great-great-great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; four sisters, Florence Kirkwood, Ina Burge, Chloie Morgan and Bonnie Scheer; three brothers, Calvin, Clark and Arol Fry; and several nieces and nephews.

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