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Jack R. Fries

April 18, 2020

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Jack R. Fries, 95, of Vandling, died Saturday April 18th at the Carbondale Nursing Center.  His was preceded in death by his first wife, Roberta Burns Fries in 1978, and his second wife, Barbara Obelenus Fries in 2002.

Born in Carbondale, son of the late Russell B. and Delma Fitze Fries, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carbondale.  Jack was a graduate of Vandling High School, class of 1942.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the European Theater during World War II as a Motor Machinist Third Class aboard a minesweeper ship, participating in the Allied invasions of Italy, Normandy, and Southern France.  After the war, he returned home to join the family business, R.B. Fries Auto Dealership, Inc., Vandling, serving as Vice President since 1946. 

Jack was very active in his community, serving as: a member and Past Master of the Mount Herman Lodge 472 of the Free and Accepted Masons, Union Dale; Past President of the Forest City Lions Club; former Chairman of the Vandling Planning Commission; member, New York State Masonic War Veterans Oswego District Post #43, Oswego; member of the Forest City Ambulance Association, overseeing construction of their first building; Treasurer of the Vandling High School Reunion Committee; life member of over 50 years of the American Legion Post 524, Forest City; Secretary and Board Member of the former Liberty Discount Saving Bank, Carbondale; and a member of the Upper Woods Hunting Club.

Surviving are a son: J. Russell Freis and wife Jan, Stafford, VA: four step children: Edith Barman, California; Margaret Nichols, Clifford; Tod Green and wife Carol, Dover, DE; Earl Obelenus and wife Mary Ann, Forest City; 13 grandchildren; a sister: Joan A. Bartholomay and husband Allyn, Alden Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers: Richard D. “Dick” Fries and Dr. Gene Fries; and a step son: John Obelenus.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 1st at 11am in Saint Agnes Cemetery, Susquehanna Street, Forest City.  Arrangements by the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main Street, Forest City.

Memorial donations may be made to the Forest City Library, 531 Main Street, Forest City, PA 18421 or the Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

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Graveside Service
August 1, 2020

11:00 AM
Saint Agnes Cemetery
1000 Susquehanna Street
Forest City, PA 18421


Forest City Library
531 Main Street, Forest City PA 18421

Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania
1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022

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