Michael L. 'Mike' Fry

Michael L. "Mike" Fry, 52, of Indianapolis, IN, and a former resident of Huntington County, IN, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Fry, a 1979 graduate of Huntington North High School, attended Ringling Brothers Clown College before starring as Happy the Hobo on the television show "Happy's Place" from 1982 to 1990. He also served as chief writer and producer of the show, which was syndicated in 207 cities.

After leaving the show, he created the Always There Bear, which was purchased by Hasbro Toys, and later founded Fancy Fortune Cookies in Indianapolis. He did speaking engagements across Asia with Linda Chandler's Core Values Training and also made presentations closer to home.

He was born Oct. 25, 1960, in Watseka, IL, to Darrol and Sylvia Fry. He married Erin Jump, who survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Ella Capri Fry; a sister, Debra (Ronald) Scheiber, of Huntington; and a brother, Robert Fry, of Plymouth.

A celebration of Mr. Fry's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis. Friends are requested not to wear black.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to a trust fund for Mr. Fry's daughter at PNC Bank. Gifts should be designated for the Ella Fry Educational Trust, account 4804273619.

Bussell and Bell Family Funerals, Carmel, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.bussellandbell.com.