Ken Fryer,78, of Big Stone City, SD, passed away on May 3, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Big Stone City, SD. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank, and from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church in Big Stone City. Burial will be at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Milbank.
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Kenneth Ray Fryer was born on January 29, 1943, in Wilmot, SD, to Lester and Viola (Egan) Fryer. He attended Tikawitha Elementary School in Sisseton, and graduated from the Wilmot School in the 8th Grade. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith.
Ken lived on the family farm west of Wilmot. He later moved to the Twin Cities and worked at John Woods, Inc. as a machinist for tool and dye making. He returned to the Big Stone City area and worked with his brother, Don, at International Hortness in Peever, SD. He worked at Hunter Granite Company cutting slabs. He was a mechanic at the Chevy Garage in Milbank. Ken continued his career by owning and operating a radiator shop. He worked at Valley International as a mechanic. He also milked cows west of Peever. Ken and Don operated Fryer Repair Shop in Big Stone City and worked in concrete construction. He returned to the family farm near Big Stone City and did custom farming and mechanics.
Ken was united in marriage with Charlotte German. They were blessed with four children: Richard, Ronald, Lori, and Darla. He later married Phoebe Lindell on May 25, 1990, in Milbank, SD. They were blessed with two daughters: Emily and RosaLee.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Phoebe of Big Stone City, SD; his children: Richard Fryer of Texas; Ronald (Pamela) Fryer of Big Stone City, SD; Lori Wojahn of Big Stone City, SD; Darla Folk of Stockholm, SD; Emily (Chris) Madsen of Wilmot, SD; and RosaLee Fryer (Chad Frost); 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings: Arlene (Gerald) Lewno of Stockholm, SD; Bertha Anderson of Stockholm, SD and Glen (Kim) Fryer of Milbank, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Lester and Viola; brother-in-law, Roger Anderson; brother and sister-in-law: Donald and Sylvia Fryer.