William (Roger) Frazer, age 92, was born May 28, 1926, and passed away at Lansing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lansing, Kansas on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 after an extended illness with Parkinson's disease.
William (Roger) Frazer, age 92, was born May 28, 1926, and passed away at Lansing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lansing, Kansas on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 after an extended illness with Parkinson’s disease.
Roger Frazer was a member of the graduating class at McPherson High School in 1944. Roger attended one year of college at McPherson College, then was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was inducted into the army in August of 1945 and trained at the Tank Destroyer School in Camp Hood, Texas. He served in Korea and was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan) and WWII Victory Medal. After two years in the military service, Roger returned to college at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies, graduating in 1950.
Roger taught at Claflin, Kansas for four years. From there he went west, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Roger then came to Leavenworth, Kansas and taught at the elementary level, then science, teaching 27 years at East Junior High School. He was also an assistant basketball, football and track coach. He was a very faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church since coming to Leavenworth. He sang in the church choir for many years and always had a love of music. He was an honorary member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity alumni. With his science background, Roger believed in taking care of the environment, and was a long-time member of many environmental organizations He was a member of the Leavenworth Association of Retired School Personnel Association and served a number of years in giving a meditation and blessing at their meetings. He was known for his kind and caring spirit. He was an avid sports fan of the KC Royals, KC Chiefs and KU Jayhawks. In his last years, Roger lived at Vintage Park assisted living facility in Tonganoxie, Kansas, then at Lansing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lansing, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Roger Frazer, Sr. and Esther Marcena (Jones) Frazer, and his sister, Mary Frazer.
Many thanks are given to the deacons of Leavenworth First Presbyterian Church for their service in bringing him to church, and the running of errands to help Roger. Also thanks to St. Luke’s Hospice for their service the past few months. Besides many friends, he leaves relatives, Susan Delgado, Parkville, Missouri, Linda Harris and Lois Jones, Humble, Texas, and Jim and Darlene Liles, Hayes, Virgina.
Arrangements have been made through Davis Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be left on Roger’s online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapeline.com.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Leavenworth, Kansas. Roger’s memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Tim Soule officiating on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at 10 to 11 a.m. prior to his service. Committal will be at The Leavenworth National Cemetery.