Mark Fry

February 14, 1956

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January 20, 2021

Mark Fry

February 14, 1956

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January 20, 2021

Mark Fry unexpectedly passed from this present life into the full presence, wonder and glory of Jesus Christ on Jan. 20, 2021. He was 64.

Mark left a legacy of love by how he lived his life. He embodied peace and a steady, never-rushed, never-wavering, always-at-ease way of thinking, living and relating. He selflessly exemplified what it means to be fully present in the moment with another person, genuinely seeing someone’s attributes and contributions and then lifting their spirit with a timely word, crafted just for them and inspiring them to courageously move forward.

His no-nonsense wisdom in the moment transformed any confusion into clear perspective, always with a sense of humor and laughter that filled the room. We’ll remember his wise, timely statements, like “Steady On” and “Don’t hear what I’m not saying.”

Mark worked hard over the years to cultivate a sense of childlike playfulness, whether it was enjoying the beauty of nature, the thrill of catching abundant trout on his fishing reel, reading a book with a cup of coffee, making good food, smoking a cigar with friends, listening to his vinyl records, watching his son and daughter-in-law perform in ballet productions, and following and discussing all things sports, especially basketball coaches and players.

Mark was born to Jack and Yvonne Fry on Feb. 14, 1956, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He married Wenda Stedtfeld on June 6, 1979, in Waverly, Iowa. Mark received his Business and Economics Degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and his Masters of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He played professional basketball in Germany and Australia. He partnered with Wenda, his wife, serving two calls in pastoral ministry. Most recently he served as part-time Pastor of Joy Lutheran Church in Billings and as a Special Needs Assistant at Ponderosa Elementary School in Billings.

Mark joins his dad, Jack Fry, who preceded him in death. He leaves behind his mother, Yvonne Weideman; brother, Clark Fry (Sue); sister, Ann Gordon (Tom); wife, Wenda; daughter, Sydney Ridder (Nik); son, Adrian Fry (Jordan and granddaughter); beloved friend, Richard Cohen (Jae Sook); “daughter,” Inga Striezel; “son” Percy Stocker (Simone and Enya), and many other beloved family members and friends.

We will celebrate Mark’s life at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Atonement Lutheran Church 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd., Billings. Masks are required to attend. The capacity limit for the service is 75 people. Livestream of the service will be available at www.facebook.com/AtonementBillings/. A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Mark Fry to Ballet West, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

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  1. Our deepest sympathies to the whole family! Mark will be deeply missed by so many! His impact on this world will carry on through each of you and those lives he touched.

  2. Dear Mark, thank you for being my pastor. You and Wenda helped explode my faith and Christian life when I had just become a new father. Through your teaching in ‘man class’ I learned how to become a better father and a son. The realization that all men are flawed, even the ones we look up to still rings true 15 years later. I still remember your teachings where I learned the dangers of ‘stinking thinking’ and ‘F.I.N.E’. Most importantly I appreciate those moment outside of church where you were just you — teaching my kids how to fish, the Halloween trick or treating and the laughter around the table. You were a good man and I am glad you are with the Father now.

  3. Mark was a great mentor for me when I was serving as chaplain at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska. My Christian compassion to Wenda and the entire family and circle of friends who grieve as he will always be missed. But I rejoice with you knowing he is where he knew he was always headed. I will continue to cherish the support from Mark and Wenda as they encouraged me on my way to seminary. I continue to serve as full-time Pastor in Arizona and I always remember my times when we were working and playing together and how that enhances my ministry even today. Thanks Mark and one day we will all be reunited as Saints in Heaven. Love you forever, Judith Rainforth, Pastor of Spirituality and Care at American Lutheran Church in Sun City, Arizona.

  4. Wenda,
    I am in such disbelief. You and Mark were influential in my life especially with increasing my faith walk. Like Scott, I remember those Authentic Manhood classes and the realness and authenticity that Mark always showed. You and your family will be in our prayers. Praying for God’s comfort upon you all in knowing that Mark is with his maker and those that have gone before him. May his spirit always be with you.

    I remember the day (Valentines) when Denise and Mark both had to go to the drivers class after getting a ticket. I will always remember that and it will always bring a smile to my face.

    With a heavy heart,

    Tim Salzbrenner and family.

  5. Heartbreaking news. When I told Nancy today she was heart broke for Wenda and the family and so many in her “older” crowd at Bethany who felt the warmth and love of pastor Fry often. I also pass on my love and respect for Mark and my deepest sympathy to Wenda. Bill Armbrust Elkhorn NE

  6. Wenda: So very sorry to hear about Mark. He will be missed by many. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that you and your family are in our prayers. As I learned, the hardest thing is just to remember to breathe. And know that in time, he’ll be catching those fish with Tiny!

  7. Sincerest condolences to all those suffering Mark’s loss.
    I can not imagine Mark having many regrets as the life he lived was one of selfless charity to others while effortlessly being an extremely fine example of how to “do” life well.
    We had some exceptional conversations and many many laughs together and I will always remember you my dear friend – as The Famous Mark Fry.

  8. Glen Alan Shepherd

    When I was a boy growing up in Waterloo, Iowa my Dad taught in Vinton Iowa where Mark was a high school basketball player. My Dad took me to a game while Mark was playing for Vinton. Mark was from then on my hero and I dreamed of playing basketball for Vinton. Later we moved to Vinton and I was lucky enough to play for the Vikings. One weekend when Coach Elder was leading an open gym scrimmage session Mark showed up and played with us. It was so fun having him there playing with us. Later, my Dad told me that he’d run into Mark in town; Mark told him I was a good player…had great court sense. My Dad knew what that would mean to me. Thanks Mark for being a Man of God and someone who made a difference in the lives of others. Lt Col (Ret) Glen Alan Shepherd

  9. Pastor Mark was the lead pastor at the church I grew up in in Elkhorn Nebraska. He always had time for any member of our church (and it was a large congregation). I will always remember when he and I went and had a beer together after I came home on leave from serving in Iraq. Mark loved good German beer. We talked about life and what we were planning to do in the following weeks. The conversation was not really the most memorable, but the way Pastor Mark could make you feel like the most important person in the world will always standout when I remember him. A great man, and a Godly man. Be at peace Pastor Mark, I was lucky to have known you and have my life shaped by you as a teacher and friend.

  10. My heart is heavy. What a beautiful tribute to Pastor Mark. Wenda, you and Mark were such an important part of my faith journey, and I want to thank you for that. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace and acceptance. You and your family are in my prayers!

  11. Sincere prayers for your entire family. Sharon Arganbright

    Wenda, My heart absolutely breaks for you, so sorry. The two of you were such an important part of our early Elkhorn years. We were colleagues, neighbors, And good friends. A highlight of many family Christmases, was a home cooked meal at your house; And some new board game to finish out the evening. Mark always had a good joke, and A Community challenge for March madness. We all feel it; and I’m sure Larry greeted Mark with, “Mark Fry, what are you doing here so soon? “ Sincere prayers for your entire family. Sharon Arganbright

  12. Pastor Wenda,
    I am beyond sorry for the loss of Mark. He was a fantastic role model for me and Philip when we were growing up in Elkhorn and such an important part of my faith journey. I grieve with your family and I pray for you all.

  13. My deepest sympathy for you all. I will always remember Pastor Mark and the stories he would tell during his sermons. He will certainly be missed.

  14. I’m sad to learn of Pastor Mark’s passing. Although Pastor Wenda baptized me and my oldest daughters, Pastor Mark baptized my youngest daughter on Mother’s Day 2005. The pictures in my scrapbooks show Pastor Mark smiling and holding my two month old baby girl with a smile on his face and his big hands holding her tight. I’m sure many families have pictures of him in their photo albums, he was part of our lives and family history. My deepest condolences are with Pastor Wenda and their children. Godspeed, Pastor Mark. Thank you for being part of our journey. 🙏🏼❤️

  15. So so to hear of Mark’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We are praying for peace and comfort in knowing that Mark is in His arms.
    Sandi and Ced

  16. We are so sorry to read this but thankful that Pastor Mark knew and loved our Lord. He and Pastor Wenda baptized and confirmed our children. We share many memories of his sermons which led us on our journey. Our prayers go to the heavens for Wends and his family.
    The Curnes family ❤️✝️❤️

  17. Dear Wendy, Adrian and Sydney, It was with sadness that I read about Pastor Fry’s passing. I will always remember your family and what beautiful role models you were for all of us at Westridge. Pastor Fry was a shining light indeed. Much love to all of you.

  18. Milo, Jan and Gregg Hunter

    Wenda and family,
    Mark’s passing is truly shocking news to everyone, as he genuinely left a positive impression on all who knew him. He served our congregation of Joy Lutheran so selflessly with an open heart to all; we are truly some of the blessed people to have shared in the unending wisdom of his teaching. We have often prayed, “Thank you, LORD, for guiding Mark and Wenda to Billings and Joy Lutheran.”

  19. Elsie Marie Witt

    Wenda and family: Saddened to hear about Mark, my days of remembering him is with my roll out cookies I made for you at Christmas. He loved them so you came over and I taught you how to do my recipe. May God give you peace, comfort and strength as you mourn his loss. Marie Witt

  20. Wenda,

    We send our love and prayers and are beyond words to convey the depth of our sorrow. Mark was such a mentor and inspiration to me, a great teacher and dearest friend. Our world has lost one of its best but we know undoubtedly he is with our Lord which gives me some peace at this heartbreaking time. We send our love, prayers and deepest condolences to you. Mark will forever live on in my great memories. Love, Michelle

  21. Jim and Mindy Hightower

    Wenda and family, we are saddened at your loss of such a wonderful human being, but rejoice knowing he is in heaven and enjoying his forever life. Blessings to you and your family. Mark made a difference in our family’s life when you served in Elkhorn. He will be missed. Mindy Hightower.

  22. Wenda, We are so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. We have such fond memories of you both! Mark was one of a kind and his laughter did light up a room. May God’s arms wrap around you and your family, and give you strength and peace.
    Much love to you! Del and Teri Andresen

    1. Wenda, We are so sad to hear of Mark’s passing. We have such fond memories of you both! Mark was one of a kind and his laughter did light up a room. May God’s arms wrap around you and your family, and give you strength and peace.
      Much love to you! Del and Teri Andresen

  23. Greg and Kim Berger

    Wenda, our hearts are aching. We are so blessed to have you and Mark as friends and fellow disciples along the way. With fondness and longing for more, we remember sharing laughter and tears around so many meals, contemplating the profound and the ridiculous. May God’s promises bring you hope, His compassion, give you comfort, and His abundant love bring you peace.

  24. It is with great sadness to hear that the world no longer has Mark in person, but so many continue to carry Mark’s teaching in their hearts and lives. I had the opportunity to share in both Mark’s personal and ministerial life. It was a great honor to be a resource to their family. Then they welcomed me into their church, unencumbered, when I just needed a place to heal. Mark loved his children. I’ll never forget a chance meeting in HyVee, after years of not seeing him, when he talked with me about just how much he loved his children. Penni Romero

  25. Wenda, Sydney, and Adrian,
    I have typed and re-typed my thoughts and feelings several times, knowing that each attempt does not adequately describe this loss. Your whole family holds a dear and constant place in my heart and always will. Know of my prayers for you as you grieve, and know of my belief that Mark has truly earned his reward in heaven as a good and faithful servant of Christ.
    Sending my love over the distance and miles,
    Molly (Packett) Cassiday

  26. Wenda and family, we are all so sorry for your loss! Mark will be missed by so many, I remember when Jamie and Sydney were friends in school and all the laughs they shared! Our thoughts, our prayers and our hugs will always surround you as you go ahead in life surrounded by Pastor Marks love! Always Jim, Pam Bussen and family, Elkhorn Ne.

  27. Wenda, I am so very sorry to hear of Mark’s death, what a shock, I still can hardly believe this spiritual, fun loving man will not be at Joy Lutheran. I will miss him so much, he always made you feel welcome and cared for. He took an interest in how I was, was my car performing, and what was I doing the rest of Sunday. He never forgot. They will really miss him at Ponderosa School also. Wenda, we will all miss him. I can only imagine how much you will miss him, I know he is laughing with the LORD. GOD’S PEACE IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU AND FAMILY.
    ADELINE SCHMIDT

  28. Wenda and family, so sorry and when Lori called I was shocked and then started remembering all the little things that brought joy. Now so important like Mark earning his gold card at Starbucks and the coffee times we had there. Mark came into at a time that God saw fit and entered our hearts. What a legacy he has left. Lord Jesus hear our prayers ❤️

  29. Wenda and family, I was so sorry to learn of Mark’s passing. Too many stories and great memories with Mark and all the friends at Wartburg to even to know where to begin. He was one of a kind, from his skills on the basketbal court to the antics on third floor Clinton. He was a friend and he will be missed.
    Willie Johnson, Chatham IL

  30. Wenda and the entire Fry family are in our thoughts and prayers at the news of Mark passing on. The sobering news that some of us received just today sparked a number of texts, phone calls and emails between so many of us that played basketball and attended Wartburg College with our friend and teammate that we called “Cecil”. All of the old stories from those college days and after graduation have been relived in all of our conversations today from his friends that are spread out all over the country. Mark was a wonderful person and a great friend to all of us and that was the overriding consensus in todays conversations. We are all deeply saddened by the news but are comforted by the fact that he is at home with the Lord. Again, thoughts and prayers to the entire Fry family.

  31. Pastor Wenda, Sydney, Adrian and all of Pastor Mark’s Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Pastor Mark’s passing. Many wonderful memories of Pastor Mark and your family.
    Deepest Sympathy to all of you.
    Prayers are with you for comfort and peace, knowing Mark is with our Lord.
    Becky Packett

  32. Wenda and family: Very sorry to hear of your loss. Came as very sad news to all of us that grew up with Mark at Wartburg.

  33. Wends and Family. I was so sorry to hear of Marks passing. I have many fond memories of our church group with you and Mark as our leaders. It was an experience I think of frequently. My connection with the lord grew so much because of you and Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  34. Mindy, Bryon & Blake Miller

    So sad to hear! Pastors Mark and Wenda were a big part of our faith journeys and our son’s. We will always remember them and will keep them in our hearts. I’m so sorry for your loss, Wenda, Sydney and Adrian. God bless🙏🏻❤️

  35. Kirk (Kirby) Kinnear

    Dear Wenda, Sydney, Adrian & family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences regarding the unexpected passing of a truly “larger than life” person we all loved. Mark “Cec” was just plain “fun to be around”. His special brand of dry humor, easy-going nature, level-headed thinking, and love of the outdoors will be sorely missed. As the other starting forward on the Wartburg basketball team we had a healthy and colorful rivalry. The same probably couldn’t be said about the business classes we shared. No wonder Mark pivoted to the ministry.
    We were together when he first set eyes on Wenda, who was unloading her car before her first semester at the ‘Burg. It was truly love at first sight, as he ditched me and jumped in to help her. The rest is history. We miss you Cec and will catch up with you later. Until then, may God bless and comfort the Fry family and those Mark has touched.

  36. Dear Wenda, Sydney and Adrian,
    So very sad to hear! Pastors Mark and Wenda were a big part of our faith journeys and our son’s. We will always remember them and will keep them in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies to your family. God bless🙏🏻❤️
    Bryon, Mindy & Blake Miller

  37. Dest Wenda,
    May the Lord’s blessing be with you and your family at this time of grief and at all times. My life was more fulfilled because of Mark. We shared experiences of which I will never forget, and positive memories that will also last my lifetime.
    May the Holy Spirit be with you always.
    Ced Prange

  38. Dear Wenda,
    May the Lord’s blessing be with you and your family at this time of grief and all times. My life was more fulfilled because of Mark. We shared experiences of which I will never forget, and positive memories that will also last my lifetime.
    May the Holy Spirit be with you always. Ced Prange

  39. Lanette Guthmann

    Dearest Wenda,
    I wanted to say how sorry I am at the loss of your husband. I am now a retired OB GYN in Omaha. I read the obituary today in the Omaha World Herald and I wanted to reach out to you. I feel so bad for you and what you are walking through. As someone who has 2 sisters that have been widowed, they share the heartache from losing their spouse. I’m thinking of you and praying for you to receive comfort from your Heavenly Father, your family and friends.
    Lanette Guthmann

  40. Wenda,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My wife caught it first in the Omaha World-Herald, and I read the obituary this afternoon. I always felt you did so many things at your church and was always encouraging to us all, and Mark in the same way. I will let everyone know in Orchestra Omaha, when we begin rehearsing again, and I will let everyone know on the orchestra board as well. I know this was very sudden, and my prayers and sympathies are with you and the entire Fry family.

  41. Wenda, and family
    So sorry hear about Mark, but He is at peace in heaven. Fond memories of your years at Bethany when our kids were growing up. Take care of yourself. Hugs from all the Farnham’s
    Dan And Jean Farnham
    Santa Rosa,California

  42. Wenda and Family,
    John and I are deeply saddened to hear of Mark’s unexpected passing. He was an inspiration as to how life should be lived. A caring, loving human being. He will be missed.
    Sincerely,
    Beth Rogers

  43. Dear Fry Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Difficult doesn’t nearly do it justice!
    I remember when my kids were young and attended Camp Carol Joy Holling, Mark would wake Ben up early and they would fish for several early morning hours.
    We were talking a few days ago that when the kids were growing up Berhany was “the place to be”, so from hearts young and not so young, thank you for all you did for us at Bethany. May you feel God’s love surround you.
    Maureen Brush

  44. Wenda, and family, I am very sorry to hear about Mark! As some others have posted, this tragedy has sparked some his college buddies (78er’s & others) to rehash some of the great, great times we spent with “Cecil”.

    I specifically remember our b-ball team experiences, classes, special ‘Burg lingo, hanging out and, of course, listening to music. He was always smiling & laughing and was such a joy to be around.

    The world is not as good without him but we know he is in his place…and being rewarded. He will be missed!

    If there is anything I can do, please let me know! Bernie/Steve Burnham…

  45. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. We felt absolutely sucker punched when we heard the news of Mark’s passing. He had such a warm and comforting demeanor and when he talked to you he was truly present, how lucky we all are to have known such a man. “Sorry” seems like such a flimsy word to say right now but we are so sorry to all who loved him and wish you peace, love, and comfort during this very difficult transition.

    The Gordons
    (Kris, Marisa, Athena, & Francesca)

  46. Wenda I’m so sorry I will miss Mark he was such a great guy a speaker and a friend I hope you and the family are all right if I can do anything please let me know you guys were so good to me and Jane. Prayer and wishes . Greve family

  47. Wendy, I am so very sorry for your loss of Mark.Many prayers and condolences to you and your family. You were a wonderful couple, I was so glad to have met him and to have you for my pastor and friend during some sad and trying times that I’ve had
    If you ever need someone to talk to I’m here. Blessings and prayers for your family

  48. Dear Wenda. We are shocked and so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. You were both so integral in our kids’ lives at Bethany and ours as well. I still remember when the two of you came to Bethany. We keep you, Sydney and Adrian in our prayers.
    Bob and Tess Welstead

  49. Gone too soon. But now back in the perfect garden that we are promised. So sad to hear of Marks passing. I will always have great memories of years of ministry with You, Mark and Wenda. You allowed us to explore creative ways to connect to people and do Gods work. Life is complicated. Heaven is near. God is good. May we all meet again . Love, Julie and The Miskowiec family

  50. My condolences to Yvonne, Ann, and the entire Fry family in your time of grief. Thank you for being my mother’s friend.

  51. We are so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. We remember fondly the time you spent at Bethany and think about you often. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.
    Ina Schmillen and family

  52. Bethany Lutheran Church

    Our deepest condolences and love from the Bethany Card Ministry team. Pastor Mark is one of our angels now.

  53. Bill and Julie Windhorst

    Wenda, Adrian and Sydney – we are so, so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are so with you in this difficult time. We love you all and are comforted knowing that Pastor Mark is wrapped in God’s arms now.

  54. Dear Wenda and family,
    Please know we are holding you close
    to our hearts , and are in prayer for you all.
    Mark is remembered for his human kindness, encouragement, humor, love and support for all ages.
    You both were an extremely important part of our family’s faith journey at Bethany. May your fond memories of Mark bring you comfort, joy and peace.
    God’s love always,
    Jim, Sonia, Derek and Courtney

  55. We are shocked and so sad to hear this. When i think of Mark, i smile, as i know Mark to be a man who lived life fully to love God and love others. His patient wise ways were always such good counsel. And his sense of humor and joyful laugh would bring such perspective on each situation. Wenda my heart breaks for you and Adrian and Jordan. Please know we love you and grieve with you.

  56. Wenda,
    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Pastor Mark was a one of a kind, great guy! Ann and I were so shocked to hear of his untimely death. The two of you have done countless things for our entire family and the Elkhorn community and we will forever love you!
    Love and Prayers!❤️
    Nanci Denker

  57. Wenda,
    I was so sadden to hear Pastor Mark passed away. I am heartbroken for you and your family. I know Pastor Mark will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love
    Marianne Clark

  58. Dear Wenda,

    Jen and I are so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. You both were such a joy to be around when you first came to Elkhorn when I was in high school youth group and then later on when you married Jen and me. Although I can only picture Sydney as a teenager and Adrian as a little boy, I’m sure they both have grown up to be great kids/adults. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Brent & Jen Bengston

  59. Susan Mumm Bender

    Dear Wenda,
    I was so saddened when I saw that Pastor Mark had passed away. I will always remember his sense of humor and laughter. My late husband Paul, truly enjoyed the friendship they shared, and the times spent at the Nebraska Basketball games. He will be missed by many. Prayers with you and your family. Take care, and cherish the many memories of Mark!
    Sue Bender

  60. Wenda, Sydney, Adrian, Yvonne, Clark and Ann,

    Shocked and saddened to read of Mark’s passing. So many great memories of our time in school together (Class of 1974) and teammates on Vinton Viking sports teams in the early 1970s at Washington High School in Vinton, Iowa. Mark was truly one–of–kind and wherever he went, major FUN was soon to follow! In the athletic arena, he was as tough a competitor as they come, and a very skilled athlete. One look at his numerous sports accolades at both Vinton and later at Wartburg College is a testimony to excellence in competition. Off of the basketball court and baseball diamond, he was kind and as easy going as any person you will ever meet. The success in his professional career as a longtime Pastor, and his legacy of all the lives he touched in a positive and caring way through his ministry work, shows what an outstanding human being Mark was. He will be missed and remembered by many. Rest in peace to my friend, Vinton classmate and Viking teammate.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fry family during this difficult time.

    James Foth

  61. Wenda, Toni and I are saddened and sorry to hear about Mark. We sat at the table last night reminiscing about all the great moments that we had with both of you. The Sunday evenings in your home with our TOM friends eating, learning and worshipping, lunches discussing Streams of Life at “Seven Monkeys”, trips to South Carolina and Mexico, worshipping at Bethany and Streams of Life, holiday celebrations and so much more. We treasure our time that we had with both of you. We want to thank you for teaching us so much and helping us on our faith journey. We are in a much deeper relationship with Jesus because of our time with both of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Mark will be missed very much and we know that he is home now with the Lord. May God bless you and your family as you celebrate Mark’s life.
    Love, Gary and Toni Olson

  62. Dear Wenda,

    We are so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. We moved to Omaha from Cedar Rapids Iowa in 2000. When we first moved to NE I found Bethany and interviewed for a preschool position and met Mark that same day. When we were introduced he was told I grew up Methodist and he said well that’s just fine all are welcome here. We talked for a while and discussed we both were from Iowa and we hit it off right away talking about the Iowa Hawkeyes. I knew then and there not only did I find a job but a church family as well. Mark baptized our son Mason and you baptized our daughter Payton. Our faith and spiritual growth are due to your ministry. We loved attending church and listening to your sermons. It was simply amazing.

    Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you

    Scott and Shelly Ryan

  63. Dear Wenda
    It was with great shock that I heard of Mark’s passing. You guys did so much for our family both at church and in Classes. It should comfort you and your family knowing that Mark’s legacy will live on in the (MOB) now Mobia. Mark’s teachings for so many men in the Authentic Manhood Class has lead to so many more at the Open Door Mission, Omaha Street School, Men Locker Room. To name a few. His smile and jokes are a true loss for this world but we all take comfort that he is at home with Christ and will be there to greet all of us in our time.
    Sincerely Ted Green and Family

  64. Sharyl A Peterson

    My heart is broken to hear of Pastor Mark’s passing. Pastor Mark was our pastor for several years here in Elkhorn and my children and I were so blessed to have been a part of his ministry. Pastor Mark spent time with my family during times of joy and during times of sadness. He spent time with my son fishing, and taking mission trips. He will be greatly missed. Many blessings to Wenda and their children.

  65. We are so sorry to hear about Mark. He was there for me as I started out on my spiritual journey. I loved being part of his spiritual gift classes and The Authentic Manhood class inspired Marv. May God bless your family. Marv and Connie Showalter

  66. We are sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Our family enjoyed Mark’s jokes, fishing stories, and of course how he made the biblical teaching real life stories for our sons. He will be missed but we’ll never forget the imprint that he left.

    Becky and Craig Andreasen

  67. Warren and Joan Anthony

    It was with great sadness when I heard of Mark’s passing. I remember him so clearly from the time we first talked over the telephone when the Bethany Council decided to call them to Bethany. Mark was so easy to talk to and get to know. His spiritual guidance and love for all was always evident. I will always remember Mark. We were blessed with Mark conducting the marriage ceremony of our daughter Jennifer and her husband, Andy and baptism of their two children Jake and Katie. Mark was present when Andy’s mother passed away and shared comforting words and guidance with Andy and his family. Mark was an inspiration to so many to follow the teachings of Jesus and our heavenly Father. We enjoyed Mark’s sermons and the frequent sound clips of music that fit the message.
    Joan and I extend our deepest sympathy to Wenda and the family.

  68. I am so sorry Wenda for your loss. Mark was such a huge part of our life and a truly kind person. His sense of humor and smile will be missed. I am sure he, Pastor Larry and my father are laughing and enjoying each other in heaven. They always enjoyed each other’s company! Take care and know you are in our prayers and thoughts!—- Libby, Heidi, Haley and Zach

  69. Glenn & Lana Dorn

    Wenda and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Hopefully your memories will help you.

  70. Wenda, I’m so heartbroken for you and the rest of the family. I often referred to you and Mark as “some of the greats”. The Lord used you and Mark and the inspiring & faithful leaders that you surrounded yourselves with to change my life. Brandon and I were set off on a great start because of your lives. We got our first tastes of true Kingdom community & life and we have never done life the same since. You guys were true trailblazers. Mark truly was a gem for so many reasons— his phrases, his mannerisms, his specific preferences and unwavering opinions are unforgettable. So many things come to mind but I’m currently laughing about the way he detested the idea of living near the ocean or the mountains because it was an idealistic & overrated thought. And then there was the deep love for the Lord and his family. What a proud proud proud father he was. Wenda, I know as you grieve the Lord will give you some sweet words of wisdom and peace, because I watched him do that for you for years. That gives me comfort. I wish that for your entire family. Mark & You will always be in our hearts.
    Love, Brandon & Megan Sperry

  71. Prayers for you, Wenda, and Syd and A and the whole family. So many memories to hold onto; knowing God will be with you in the darkness. Prayers continue…

  72. Janelle & Tom Roth

    Wenda: You and Mark have a special place in our hearts. Beautiful memories flooding our minds now of time spent together. We are very grateful for the impact both of you had on Andrew & Philip’s faith journeys. Praying you feel all the love and support being sent your way and feel the Peace that exceeds all our understanding from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our deepest sympathy.

  73. Wenda and Family,

    I was heart broken to hear of Mark’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are for you, Sydney and Adrian. Thank you and Mark for your leadership, ministry and your ability to bring people to Christ. You are a huge part of our legacy and ministry at Bethany. My heart smiles when I think of the times Mark and I took the 7th grade boys to the Francis House and other outings. Mark was truly a Pastor to me personally and for that I am forever grateful. God gained an angel and fisherman.

  74. Dave and Barb Kraft

    Wenda and the Fry family,
    We have Mark and you to thank for all you did for the Kraft family. Our entire family took leaps in faith. You and Mark not only taught us by word but also by actions. Sending our Christian love, and we know we will all meet again in Heaven.

  75. Wenda,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Truly unexpected which can make it difficult to understand God’s’ perfect plan. We rejoice for Mark because he is celebrating in the presence of Jesus. We pray for you so that you can continue to live for Christ.

    Mark and especially you had a profound impact on our faith journey. It was you that challenged me (Karl), took risks with me, stretched me spiritually like no one else and that has now equipped me and Tracey to serve the kingdom in a powerful way. You will always hold a special place in our lives. Well done good and faithful servant.

  76. Susan Judkins Josten

    I am sad to learn of Mark’s passing from my mother in Vinton, Iowa. But I have appreciated remembering Mark, including our mutual Valentine birthdays. He was two years older, and we lived in the same neighborhood until my family moved in 2nd grade. I loved reading about his “childlike playfulness” since that was the stage in his life 8 knew him best. He taught me to make the sound of a gun instead of saying “bang, bang” when the neighborhood kids acted out western TV shows. Later, I enjoyed how his basketball talent aided the Vinton Vikings. My condolences to Yvonne and all family and friends.

  77. Kori Reed (Becker)

    We joined Bethany in 2006 when Mark and Wenda were co-pastors. My husband Mike Becker and I, as well as our four kids, have good and lasting memories from your leadership, including raising your bibles in church, to engaging dads in vacation bible school and our oldest was a payer assistant and remembers praying over the pastors before sermons. Wenda and family I am so sorry for your loss. By the grace and love of God, I appreciate the influence both Mark and Wenda shared on the way we think about our relationship with God.

  78. Wenda and family
    Ginger and I were shocked and saddened when we hear Mark passed away. Will always remember his inspiring words while at Bethany. One of our most fondest memory though is Mark sitting quietly in the back pew of the sanctuary at Bethany during our wedding officiated by Wenda. He always was there for us during our college years and will be missed. God’s blessings to you all.

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