Andrew (Andy) Howard Fry, 69, died on at home surrounded by loved ones, after a long battle with Parkinson’s and dementia. He was born on March 8, 1951, in Gold Beach, Oregon, to Jack and Betty (Young) Fry.
Andy grew up in Del Norte County and attended Redwood Elementary, Del Norte High School, and later the College of the Redwoods. He worked most of his life as a logger. He started at Simonson Lumber Company and ended at Arcata Redwood at the age of 39, after a tragic car accident in 1990.
In his younger years, he loved horses and was mentored by Lyal Corliss. Andy was breaking and racing horses in Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. He spent many years boxing, winning many matches and awards. Before his accident, he loved playing sports for local rec teams. He was also active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was known for always being willing to lend a helping hand where he could wherever he saw a need. He enjoyed mentoring younger generations by guiding them to be hard workers and by teaching them how to be responsible adults.
Most important to him was his family and the titles of Husband, Father, and Grandfather. He was married to his high school sweetheart (Vonda) for 51 years.
He was proceeded in death by his daughter Stacey, parents Jack and Betty, and his sister Anita. Survivors include his wife and children, Haley (John): Mandy (Tom): Andrew Jr. (Crystal): Jory (Valentina): Heidi: Danny (Amanda): Brady: Kelsy (Troy): Katey: Seth: Son-in-law Kevin Pico (Stacey deceased daughter):
31 grandchildren and one great-grandson, and his brothers Daniel and John. He also held a special love for all of the foster and daycare children who graced their home.
Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm with graveside services at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery on Friday starting at 2:00 pm.
Donations can be sent in Andy’s name to Grace Center, Parkinson’s Facility 980 NW Spruce Ave. Corvallis, Oregon 97330
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.
Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com.