Gary Fries

Obituary of Gary L. Fries

Gary L. Fries, 74, of Lenox Township, PA, died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center, Scranton, PA. His wife of 50 years is the former Grace Jenkins.

Born February 22, 1946 in Carbondale, PA, he was the son of the late Edwin Arthur Fries and the late Doris Esther Ross Fries Jenkin. He was also preceded in death by his step father, Thomas Jenkin, II. Gary was raised by his mom and two late uncles, Lucious "Junior" Ross and Clarence Ross.

Gary was a graduate of East Benton High School and attended Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, for music. He had operated a dairy and chicken farm and later worked for Sandvik Steel, Precision International, PennDot and retired from Clarks Distribution.

Gary was a member of the Lenoxville United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and was also a member of the Lenoxville Band. He was a multi-talented musician having a natural ability to play just about any instrument but was gifted at the banjo, accordion and piano. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an avid gun collector and a member of the NRA. Gary was a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast and a fan of everything country western.

A special thank you is extended to the nurses and staff at DaVita Dialysis, Eynon, and home health care nurses, Rachel and Dolly for their loving care and support.

He is survived by three children: Jeremy Fries and wife, Christina of Laceyville, PA, Jessica Munley and husband, Jason of Jessup, PA and Jennifer Canfield and husband, Kevin of Lenox Township, PA; nine grandchildren: Mason, Micah, Jason, Jesse, Jackie, Jordan, Nicolas, Kathleen and Lily; three sisters-in-law: Phyllis Jenkins, Carol Demian and Kristen Reynolds; a brother-in-law: Paul Jenkins; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful companions: Della and Olga.

He was also preceded in death by two infant sons: Jonathan and James.

A visitation was held Monday, September 14, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. from the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 18 Airport Road, Clifford, PA. A funeral service was conducted at 7:00 p.m. by Levi Ransom. To honor Gary the family asked that those were able, wear their favorite western boots, hat, flannel or western shirt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were made to The Seeing Eye, Inc., P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963 or https://www.seeingeye.org/

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Monday
14
September

Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, September 14, 2020
Shifler-Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services
18 Airport Road
Clifford, Pennsylvania, United States
Monday
14
September

Funeral Service

7:00 pm
Monday, September 14, 2020
Shifler-Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services
18 Airport Road
Clifford, Pennsylvania, United States
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