July 12, 1923-Oct. 28, 2009
BENKELMAN -- Guy R. Fries, 86, died Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2009, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born July 12, 1923 near Benkelman, to Peter Magnus and Lula May (Swain) Fries, and attended school in Rural District 66 and Benkelman High School.
On Aug. 29, 1945, he married Melba Ham at St. Francis. To this union, nine children were born.
He was a farmer until 2008 when he moved to the Sarah Ann Hester Home in Benkelman.
He was a 73-year member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church, and served for 32 years as a school board member for Rural District 66, and the Benkelman School District.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Bessie Fries; brothers, Dale and Rodney Fries, infant brother, Charles; infant sister, Arda May; and step-brother Hugh T. Jones.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Fries of Benkelman; children, Barbara Barent and husband, Wayne of Ogallala, Janet Applegarth and husband, Kurt of Palisade, Jerry Fries and wife, Cindy of Benkelman, Kenny Fries and wife, Marla, also of Benkelman, Susan Todd and husband, Galen of Wauneta, Richard Fries and wife, Val, John Fries, Lori Rettele and husband, Tim, and Connie Kerchal and husband, Craig, all of Benkelman; a step-brother, Robert Jones and wife, Irene of Rapid City, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Ham of Benkelman, and Inez Fries of Rapid City; brother-in-law, Ray Ham of Houston, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.He is also survived by Janet Applegarth's step-grandson; and Barbara Barent's four step-children, nine step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Benkelman United Methodist Church with the REv. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 7 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.
A memorial has been established in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.