Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 209-239-1242 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Ken Summers

Ken Summers

Managing Partner

Ken's great-grandfather and grandfather, P.L. Fry and Paul Fry, started the P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home in Manteca in 1932. Ken became manager after his grandmother, Lucille O. Fry, retired. Ken is a Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Crematory Manager and Licensed Cemetery Manager. He was raised in Manteca his entire life and is a 1977 graduate of East Union High School. Ken is married to his wife, Lynne and has two adult children, Kara and Kenny, and one special grandson, Grant.


“The goodwill and reputation of P.L. Fry & Son has always been regarded as second to none.”

"Our guiding principles are built on honesty, integrity and quality in all we do."


Charla Ortiz

Charla Ortiz

Funeral Arranger

Charla is the great-niece of the late Lucille O. Fry. She has been employed by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Service since January 2001. She was born and raised in Manteca and graduated from Manteca High School with the class of 1990. Charla is married to Rick, and together they have one daughter and three sons. She is extremely involved with her children’s activities both at Manteca High School and Shasta Elementary. She stays busy during the summer months on through the winter months with football, basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading in the local Manteca and Lathrop communities. Charla supports many organizations in her community and serves on the committee for the Every 15 Minute Drunk Driving Program through the Manteca Police Department. She and her family attend Grace Community Church in Lathrop, where her children are involved with their youth group. As a hobby, Charla and her mom both are breeders of Shih Tzu puppies and Toy Poodles. She enjoys planning unique special events, traveling, and spending as much time with her family as possible.

Alma Ochoa

Alma Ochoa

Funeral Arranger

Alma was raised in Manteca and attended Manteca High School graduating in 2001. Alma is married to Hector, and together they have three beautiful sons. Alma was a former floral designer with ten years of experience in the Manteca Modesto area.  Alma and her family are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ripon. In addition, Alma is gifted at speaking not only English but Spanish and Portuguese fluently. On top of being trilingual, Alma is a certified bilingual Interpreter for the Hispanic community.

Richard Goeken

Richard Goeken

Advanced Planning & Aftercare Director, Representative of N.G.L. Insurance

Richard is a Licensed Insurance Agent with the State of California. Richard likes helping client families with their insurance needs.

Richard grew up in the Ceres and Hughson area and graduated from Hughson High School. He lives in Modesto and has three wonderful children, two daughters and one son. He and his family are members of St. Joseph's Cathoic Church in Modesto.


Linda Hart

Linda Hart

Secretary

Linda was born in San Francisco and spent her early years in the bay area. Linda graduated from Washington High School in Fremont and attended Ohlone College. She has lived in Manteca for over 20 years. Linda has three adult sons and one granddaughter. She is active with the Manteca Chamber of Commerce representing P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Service. Linda is a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where she worked as Administrative Secretary for 12 years prior to her employment at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Service.

Tiffany Perez

Tiffany Perez

Office Secretary, Benefits Coordinator, Notary Public

Tiffany was born in Martinez, California and graduated from Alhambra High School. She received an A.A. degree from Diablo Valley College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Sacramento State University. She started dating her husband John Perez in 1998, and they spent the next year becoming experienced skydivers and rock climbers. She married John in April 2000. They turned in their parachutes and climbing gear, and they now have nine amazing children. Having a large family has become the most thrilling and adventurous thing she has ever been a part of. Before coming to P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, she was a stay-at-home mom and also homeschooled her seven school age children. Besides being a busy mother and wife, Tiffany is also a faithful member of Central Valley Baptist Church. She assists her husband by helping in Junior Church and on the Manteca Bus Route, which picks up riders in the Manteca area and takes them to church on Sunday. In her spare time, she also tutors local students in Math and English, has run a very successful in-home business, and loves spending time outdoors with her family. She loves the caring and professional atmosphere at P.L. Fry & Sons Funeral Home and looks forward to a lasting partnership.

Cathy Sanders

Cathy Sanders

Office Secretary, Notary Public

Cathy grew up in San Jose and met her husband, Chad, while in high school. She worked as a Paralegal at a Bay Area Law Firm before settling down to raise a family. In June, 2001, Chad and her moved from San Jose to Manteca. They have three amazing children who are all active in various sports, including cheer, swim, baseball, football, track and cross country. Cathy has been involved in all their activities, both in the classroom and outside the classroom,  including serving on the Boards of Northgate Little League and MYSA. Her best days are spent on the sidelines of her kids games cheering them on. In what free time she has, she loves watching football and reading. She is honored to be a part of the P.L. Fry & Son family. 



Sandra Fry Gilbeau

Sandra Fry Gilbeau

Bereavement Facilitator

Sandra is the daughter of Paul and Lucille Fry and mother of Ken Summers. Sandra also has two daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Sandra was born and raised in Manteca and is a graduate of Manteca High School. She earned her her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus. Sandra has been facilitating bereavement classes for P.L. Fry & Son since 1999 and works with Community Hospice of Modesto. Having been widowed twice and lost many loved ones over the years, she has the understanding and compassion for the people in each of her groups. Sandra is a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, the Manteca Historical Society, and the American Cancer Society.

Rev. Bill Barnett

Rev. Bill Barnett

Funeral Attendant

Bill Barnett is Pastor of Grace Community of Lathrop. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially with his two Granddaughters. His hope is to encourage and minister to families during their time of loss.

Melvin Edwards

Melvin Edwards

Funeral Attendant

Melvin has been employed in the funeral industry since 2008. Melvin is a licensed Real Estate Agent and Insurance Agent for the State of California. Melvin is very active in the community and sits on the Board of Elders at Calvary Temple Worship Center. What Melvin enjoys most in his newfound profession is meeting and greeting client families when working a service. Melvin is married with three adult children and six grandchildren.

Ramon Gonzales

Ramon Gonzales

Funeral Attendant

Ramon Gonzales was born and raised in Manteca, attending Manteca High School and graduating in 1981. He has an Associate’s degree in Business Management. Ramon is married to Sherry, and together they have eight grandchildren who they adore. At the young age of 16, Ramon started his first job at New Deal Market, where he grew to love the grocery business. 20 years later, Ramon retired as a Grocery Manager working at various super markets. He is a dedicated member of Christian Worship Center (CWC) in Manteca, where he plays the saxophone and the conga drums on the Praise and Worship team. He is also a loyal member of the Prodigal Sons Motorcycle Ministry, serving our Manteca community. Ramon’s passions include taking road trips on his Harley with his wife Sherry and restoring his 1985 Chevy Corvette.

Kenny Summers

Kenny Summers

Funeral Attendant

Kenny graduated from Manteca High School in 2010. He recently graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a degree in Business. Kenny also works part-time at the Manteca Public Golf Course. Kenny enjoys all types of sports and especially likes following the Sacramento Kings.

Grant Widmer

Grant Widmer

Funeral Attendant



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