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Lester Fry

Lester F. "Tinker" Fry Jr.

Monday, February 15th, 1932 - Friday, August 28th, 2020
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Lester F. “Tinker” Fry, Jr. 88, of Austin, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020. He was born February 15, 1932, the son of Lester F. and Esther Corona Fry. His father nicknamed him “Tinker” because of his inquisitive nature taking things apart to see how they worked. He lived in Luling, Texas until leaving to pursue his musical career with Slim Whitman at the age of 19.

Lester was an accomplished musician, a member of the Austin Federation of Musicians Local 433. He played pedal steel and acoustic guitar with Slim Whitman and many other well-known country recording artists of the day. He played in many renowned venues such as the Louisiana Hayride, Carnegie Hall, The London Palladium, and the Hollywood Bowl. His musical career was briefly interrupted when drafted into the Army in 1956. Upon completion of his service he recorded a solo album entitled “Slim Whitman’s Hawaiian Guitarist Lester Fry Plays”.

He married Edna Elizabeth Ray in 1962. He retired from Motorola after many years as a technician and as a technical supervisor. He was well known as an expert in electronics and could build or repair most anything. He enjoyed woodworking, travel and loved the outdoors. He will always be remembered for his good sense of humor and saw goodness and light in everyone he encountered.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Lt. Larry S. Kolb, daughter Carol Jean Kolb, sisters Alice Boal, Mary Louise Turrigiano and Wynell Brown. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Edna Elizabeth Fry of Austin; son Tommy Lester Fry; daughter Sherlynn Kelley and husband Tom, all of Austin; sister Martha Maldonado and husband Henry of Waxahachie; Brother-in Law Bobby Ray and wife Pam of Buda; grandchildren: Leslie Jean DesJardin and husband Mike, Lindsie Green and husband Kenneth, Patrick Kolb and fiancée Taylor, Jacob Barnes, Jared and Jason Kelley; great-grandchildren Michael and Gabriel DesJardin; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at the Luling City Cemetery with Reverend Jimmy Lammers officiating. Military Honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post 177 of Luling, TX.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 2:00pm
    Luling Cemetery
    LULING, TX 78648
  • Interment

    Luling Cemetery
    LULING, TX 78648


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Samuel Ray

Posted at 02:48pm
Loved listing to your music and the long talks we had after I lost my Dad. Love you and miss you. Rest in peace Uncle TINKER

Norma Vasquez

Posted at 10:58am
Our sincere condolences to the Fry and the Kelley family.
We are holding you all up in prayers.
Norma, Rene and Javier Vasquez

Donny Ray

Posted at 10:25am
I loved spending time with aunt Sug and uncle Tinker. All of us kids would laugh late into the night until we fell asleep on the floor at their house. Uncle Tinker was a heck of a musician and I loved it when he played his guitar for us. I love you and miss you and we will see each other once again.


Posted at 01:46am
Love you so, PawPaw... you will always be in my heart and missed dearly.
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Mike Turrigiano

Posted at 12:00am
Tinker, you were the best uncle a young boy could have, I always had a great time visiting Luling when I was growing up, I loved listening to you play your steel guitar. Now you have completed your earthly journey and you have gone on to Heaven. I will miss talking with you. I love you Tink, Rest In Peace.

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