Paul Fry

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Paul Fry

Paul Royce Fry, 80, of Springfield, Ill., died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Born Dec. 20, 1927, in Malden, Mo., son of the late John H. and Gladys L. Smith Fry, he was a graduate of Malden High School, a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of the U.S. Army Engineer Reserve, the Central Baptist Church, Elks No. 158 and American Legion Post No. 32. He was a teacher at Malden High School, an engineer for the Missouri State Highway Department, account representative for IBM Corporation, planning coordinator for the State of Illinois, systems director for New Mexico Data Processing and Communications Council and program management engineer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

On June 4, 1980, he married Florence Cacioppo, who survives.

Survivors also include three daughters, Deborah Kaye Grman, Nancy Lee Rice and husband, Tim and Joyce Fry, all of Springfield; one son, John R. Fry and wife Lynette, of Springfield; one step-son, Stephen J. Cacioppo, of Springfield; one sister, Fay Alexander and husband, James, of South Carolina; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John H. Fry, Jr.; one sister, Quida Fry and grandparents, Joseph and Dora Ann Crites Fry and George W. and Beatrice Boner Smith.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at the Staab Funeral Home in Springfield.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 29, at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Reg Mills officiating.

Burial with military rites will follow in the Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Paul Fry Memorial Fund.