RONALD W. FRIES, 83, of Shadyside, Ohio,formerly of Smithfield, Ohio, died Friday, December 21, 2001 in Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
He was born November 14, 1918 in Wheeling, West Virginia, son of the late William R. and Carolyn Becker Fries.
He was a retired chief accountant for North American Coal Corp., a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Shadyside, former member and clerk of the Smithfield Board of Education, a member of the Masonic Lodge, Ohio Lodge#1, Wheeling A.F. & A.M.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Jean Fries.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel L. Farmer Fries; a daughter, Rona L. Matheny and her husband John of Valrico, Florida; two grandchildren, Kristen and Kevin Matheny.
Friends will be received 5-9 PM on Wednesday December 26, 2001, at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 3900 Central Avenue, Shadyside, Ohio, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M.
Thursday December 27, 2001 with the Reverend Alice L. Phillips officiating.
Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, West Virginia.
Dear Rona, I am so sorry to learn of your father’s death. I lost my dad 15 years ago. It almost seems impossible for so much time to have passed. Mom passed 10 years ago. I knew that your parents had left Smithfield. I did not know where you had gone. W. Shade had told me quite a few years ago that you were teaching music in Cambridge or Zanesville. I couldn’t find anyone from those places that knew you. Again, I am sorry for your loss. Give yourself plenty of time and space over the next few years. The loss does not go away, but the edge does smooth off and the pain becomes a tad bit easier to deal with. Ruth Smith Weaver
Hazel, Rona, and family,
I am very sorry to hear about Ron’s death. I worked for Ron from 1977 to 1979. He made a big impression on me. I was 23 years old when my wife and I moved to Ohio from North Dakota. Ron was in charge of the Central Division Payroll Department. We did have a lot of fun working for him. He helped train me. He was a very good guy. I have a lot of fond memories of the time that I spent in Ohio. I am still working for North American Coal. I now am in Dallas Texas. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.