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Charley Thomas Fraser

Monday, October 23, 2006

Charley Fraser
Charley Thomas Fraser, 84, died from acute myelogenous leukemia on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children in Holstein.

Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Holstein United Methodist Church with the Reverend Todd Schlitter officiating. Luncheon follows directly in the fellowship hall with internment and military honors at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City at 2:30 p.m.

Visitation was Tuesday at Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.

"Chuck" was born in Cherokee on Nov. 9, 1921 to Robert and Petrea (Petersen) Fraser. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Wilson High School in Cherokee in 1940. On Nov. 25, 1941 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor throughout World War II. Chuck was honorably discharged as a Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Navy Aircorp in October of 1945.

Chuck married Joyce Agnes Le Moine on Aug. 23, 1946 in Sioux City. They moved to Holstein in 1949 where they later established Chuck's Body Shop. Chuck added sales of lawnmowers, and recreational vehicles to his business. He retired from the shop in 1986 when he established Chuck's Used Cars, which he operated until his death.

Chuck was a member of several organizations, including bowling league, United Methodist Church, American Legion, Alpine Masonic Lodge #471, Eastern Star, Abu-Bekr Shrine Temple, and Chamber of Commerce. His interests included anything with an engine, especially stock cars, go-carts, snowmobiles, radio controlled airplanes, NASCAR as well as hunting pheasants and fishing. Chuck was recently overheard saying "I worked hard, but I played hard too."

Survivors include his wife and five children; Judy Jane Peterson and husband Wesley, Thomas Eugene and wife Gwyn, Linda Jean Groepper and husband Randy, Jody Charles and wife Kimberly, Carla Joy De Vries and husband Dylan. Chuck is also survived by 12 grandchildren; Bradley and Tina Peterson, Melissa and T.C. Fraser, Joseph, Daniel and Mary Groepper, Alicia, Billy and Valerie Fraser, and Claire and Andrew De Vries. He is also survived by 3 great grandchildren, Catherine, Jessica and Madison Peterson. Chuck is also survived by his 4 sisters; Anita Little and husband Harold, Bessie Chapman and husband Jerry, Betty Chapman and Annie Rolfes.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Paul Robert Fraser, and grandson Matthew Ernest Groepper.

Memorials may be directed to any favorite charity, Siouxland Blood Bank, blood donations would be especially appreciated.