Lawrence R. Fry, a lifetime resident of Inchelium, passed away May 21, 2011 in Colville at the age of 86. He was born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho on August 12, 1924, the son of Frank and May (Elliott) Fry.
Lawrence attended the Kewa and Wilmont Creek schools as a boy. He married Nellie Hoffman on August 24, 1943 at Rogers Bar. They purchased the Moon Mountain Ranch near Inchelium, which they operated continuously. Lawrence was also involved in working family mining claims in the south county while working as a logger full time. In the early 1970’s they built and operated the Shady Cove Resort on South Twin Lake until their retirement in the 1980’s.
Lawrence was active in his community serving on the Inchelium School Board, and the Ferry County Weed Board. He was a member of the Ferry County Cattlemen and was the stock contractor for the Inchelium Community Rodeo as well as being a member of the Rodeo Association board. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and working with wild horses when time permitted.
Lawrence is survived by one daughter, Katy Burdett of Tampa, FL; three sons including Ronald Fry (Jean Seymour) and Don Fry (Shaundei) both of Inchelium, Richard Fry (Lavada) of Omak; one brother, Dean (Terrie) Fry of Omak; 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, a son Larry, and grandsons Frank, Ronnie and Joe.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, at St. Michaels Mission Church, Inchelium with Fr. Joe Fortier as celebrant. Graveside services will follow at the Hall Creek Cemetery.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel, 155 W. First Ave, Colville, is in charge of arrangements.