Donald L. Fry

Apr 16th, 1952 - Aug 22nd, 2020


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Aug. 25th, 2020 4:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Aug. 26th, 2020 10:00 AM

Donald L. Fry

Donald L. Fry, age 68, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 5:45 a.m. at the VA Medical Center in Marion.

Don was born on April 16, 1952 in Carbondale, a son of Leo and Loudene (Edwards) Fry.  He worked as an equipment operator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and also as a coal miner.  Don was a proud veteran of the United States Army.  He loved grilling and barbequing, hunting, fishing, frog gigging and being outdoors watching animals.  Don was a lifetime member of the Marion V.F.W. Post #1301.

Survivors include his son, Josh (Sarah) Fry of Crab Orchard; two daughters, Aubrey Collins of Russellville, AR and Austin Fry of Russellville, AR; five grandchildren, Brendon L. Fry, Dakhari Duncan, Lucas Fry, Ryleigh Collins and Amiyah Hopson; one brother, Stephen (Valerie) Fry of Crab Orchard; one sister, Patricia Smothers of Marion; one nephew, Dave (Natalie) Fry; and one niece, Rachel (Charles) Blumstein.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Don Smothers; and a nephew, Matthew Smothers.

Funeral services will held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Charles Reed officiating.  Military rites will be performed by the Marion V.F.W. and American Legion Posts.

Visitation will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the Marion V.F.W. Post #1301 or the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Linda and Dale Cecil

    From: Rockwall , Texas

    Date: August 23, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Rest In Peace.

  • Guest: Steve and Doris Woods

    From: Shreveport , Louisiana

    Date: August 23, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for family and friends.

  • Guest: Jill Evers

    From: Vienna, Illinois

    Date: August 24, 2020

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Guest: Dennis & Sharon Gilbert

    From: Fort Worth, Texas

    Date: August 24, 2020

    Our sincere sympathy and prayers for special memories to comfort family and friends.

  • Guest: Elizabeth Jones

    From: Ullin, Illinois

    Date: August 24, 2020

    We will miss Don; he was a special member of the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge team. Prayers to Don’s family.

  • Guest: Gilbert & Kay Jackson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: August 25, 2020

    Patty & family, So sorry to learn of your loss. May God be with you and give you peace and comfort during these sad days.

  • Guest: carol stricklin

    From: stonefort, Illinois

    Date: August 25, 2020

    So sorry for your loss of a wonderful man, and father,friend, uncle, and grandfather!! Our prayers and thoughts are with his family!! You will be missed Donnie!!🙏🙏✝️✝️

  • Guest: Rick McAlpin

    From: marion, Illinois

    Date: August 25, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!