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Stephen Wayne Fry

04/25/1958 — 01/17/2024

From Benton City, WA | Born in Ballard, WA

Stephen Wayne Fry

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the unexpected passing of Stephen Wayne Fry, known affectionately as Steve, on January 17, 2024, at the age of 65.

Born on April 25, 1958, in Ballard, Washington, Steve was a man of many passions and talents. He graduated from Woodway High School in 1976 and journeyed to Manson, where he worked in orchards. It was there that he met the love of his life, Christie. Their love story blossomed into a lifelong partnership, marked by shared dreams and unwavering support for each other.

Steve’s professional life was a testament to his dedication and hard work. Following in his father’s footsteps, Steve worked tirelessly to become a journeyman electrician, working on construction sites throughout western Washington. In 1995, Steve and Christie moved to the Tri-Cities, where he spent his next career at Washington State University on the Tri-Cities campus, playing a pivotal role in their Information Technology department. His innovative thinking and problem-solving skills were not just admired but often left people in awe. He could fix anything.

Earlier in life, Steve’s adventurous spirit led him to race cars on a figure 8 track, a passion that showcased his love for speed and excitement. After retiring last year, he fully embraced the joys of travel, camping, and spending time working on their family property in Benton City.

Above all, Steve was a family man. His love for his wife, children, and grandchildren was the essence of who he was. Steve was an extraordinary father, a role he cherished above all else. He lived by the principle that his children always came first, a commitment he made clear from the very beginning of his career. During his job interview at Washington State University, he set the tone by telling the hiring manager that if his kids ever needed him, he would drop everything to be there for them. True to his word, Steve never missed a ball game, a cheer competition, or any significant moment in his children’s lives. His unwavering presence and support shaped their lives profoundly, instilling in them values of love, commitment, and family. Steve’s legacy as a loving and devoted father will continue to inspire and guide his children and grandchildren.

Steve’s passing leaves a void that cannot be filled. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His
legacy of kindness, dedication, and creativity will live on in the hearts of those he touched.

Steve leaves behind his spouse of 44 years, Christie; sons Justin Fry (spouse Britney), Andrew Fry and daughter Jenna Fry; and grandchildren Henry and Murphy Fry; Brothers David Fry and Michael Fry and their spouses Keiko and Julie and nieces Katrien and Madelynn; Brother in law Rick Lindert and niece Sybylla; Brother in law Stanley, spouse Marcella, and children Jake and Rosellyn; and nieces and nephew Dianna, Katie, and Bill. Steve was preceded by his parents Bernie and Dorothy Fry, grandparents Wayne and Claire Lulow, and brother in law Charles Lindert.

A memorial service to celebrate Steve’s life will be held on February 3rd in the Tri-Cities. We invite all those whose lives were touched by Steve to join us in commemorating his remarkable life. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity close to Steve’s heart, Tri-Cities Union Mission or the Tunnel to Towers foundation. This gesture will ensure that his spirit of giving and love continues to make a difference in the world.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed, and very dear.” – Alex Maclean

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  • I knew Steve during the time he lived on Boston St. He was a cheerful neighbour always available to help out. He would get his snow plough out and do adjacent walks and more than once helped me with the driveway. When another neighbour had medical issues he and I would take care of the abundant leaves from their sycamores.

    I missed the memorial service, but wanted to remark on this kind person and to wish condolences to his family.

    James Zimmerschied
    February 19, 2024
  • Christie I was saddened to hear of Steves passing. What a wonderful legacy he leaves in his children and grandchildren as well as a huge void for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this unexpected time in your life. Remember to reach out to friends and family for support and love. We would not offer if we didn’t mean it. In the future may you be able to fill that hole in your heart with wonderful memories of Steve.

    Suzanne Jaquish
    February 13, 2024
  • I saw in the paper today Feb. 6th of Steve’s passing. I was shocked, also to find his birthday was on April 25, Marv’s was also on April 25th, 1936. I talked to Steve several years back. He said he often drove by his old home. We enjoyed having you all as next door neighbors..I’m so sorry for your loss. he was just to young to go. There is never a good time. My best to the kids and Christie. God bless you all. Jo Bohling

    Jo Bohling
    February 6, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • Christie and family
    We are sending our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. We know he is leaving a huge hole in your hearts. Husband, Dad and grandfather, he will be missed.
    Love Robin and Bob

    Robin and Bob Jones
    February 2, 2024
  • Christie,

    Sure thinking of you at this time of sudden loss of Steve. He was 3 years younger than me. I was glad for the time I had seeing him during his father’s sickness and death.

    It was your cousin Gail Craig, that let me know of this website and Steve’s death.

    Wayne Bechtol

    Wayne Bechtol
    January 30, 2024
  • Christie, Steve was too young to be gone so suddenly and to leave you and your family whom he adored. We grieve with you. His parents were our best friends throughout the years, and we have known Steve since boyhood.

    Don & Sandi Scholl
    January 28, 2024
    Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Oh Christie, I mourn with you. I’m so sorry for the loss of Steve and can’t imagine what you are going through.

    January 28, 2024
  • Fry family,

    Steve was a tremendous friend to my family and father for two decades; I will always appreciate and cherish that. He helped me in many situations through the years that were both educational for me and selfless on his part. I will always appreciate that.

    I am tremendously sorry for your loss of such a wonderful father, husband and friend of so many.

    He is dearly missed.

    January 26, 2024
  • Christie,
    Gail let me know about Steve this evening and sent me the link to the obituary…so sorry we haven’t kept in touch all these years and I guess I’ve just been too busy to check in except at funerals it seems. Life passes so quickly and one day we look in the mirror and hardly recognize the person looking back. I’ve lost so many of the people close to me that I forget about the people I haven’t lost yet…sadly.
    You, Steve, Chuck, and your folks were so much a part of my early life and I cherish those memories more than you could ever know.
    It says that my email address will not be published but I’ll put it here…
    509.999.3343 cell

    Rick Petersen
    January 25, 2024
    Spokane WA
  • Christie- We are so so sorry to hear about Steve. Sending hugs and love to you all.

    Shannon Town
    January 25, 2024
    Star, Idaho
  • Christie, Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. Steve was a great guy and we know he will be terribly missed. We plan to be at his memorial service. Sending you and your family lots of love.

    Cousin Carol Evenson
    January 25, 2024
    Ellensburg, WA
  • Christie, I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing! I know you must be feeling his loss deeply. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Luann Shoemaker
    January 25, 2024
    Moses Lake
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