Service Set for Prominent Naperville Developer

May 14, 2010

John Eugene Fry

A service will be held Sunday for Naperville developer and home builder John E. Fry, who died on May 8 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Fry, 87, built more than 3,000 homes in the Naperville and Plainfield area throughout his established career. In 1953, he co-founded with his two brothers Fry Brothers Realty, which today is Fry Properties Inc. and being operated by his sons.

A fourth-generation resident of Naperville, Fry attended Naperville High School, where he was a champion trombone player, and then North Central College, where he sang in a men’s touring octet. Later in life, he would become a member of the Naperville Men’s Glee Club and the Naperville Chorus and would also sing for the choir at his church, Knox Presbyterian.

Fry built Naperville's Tamarack Golf Course, a popular venue for weddings.

After serving as an Army medic during World War II, Fry earned a degree from Cleary Business College in Michigan and then returned to Naperville with his wife, Laurabelle. After 65 years of marriage, Laurabelle passed in 2008.

Fry was a founding member of the DuPage Multiple Listing Service. He was also the author of “My Dad Says…,” a collection of stories during a simpler time when Naperville had a mere 4,500 residents.

Fry had 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville on Sunday at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be given to the Knox Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund.

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