July 21, 1920 -July 5, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Merle O. Frasier, 87, formerly of Benkelman, died Saturday (July 5, 2008) at Lemay Avenue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Collins, Colo.
He was born July 21, 1920, in Dundy County, north of Benkelman, to Claude Oliver and Alma Charity (Bernard) Frasier. He lived on the family ranch and attended country school near his home in the Ash Grove community. He attended Wauneta High School for a couple of years before returning the ranch.
On April 7, 1939, he married Alice Beth Sims at McCook. They moved to his grandparent's homestead south of his parent's ranch. He was baptized at the Baptist Church in Miami, Texas.
He worked with horses and made a lifelong career out of breeding quality quarter horses for both rodeo and racing. He was a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Claude and Alma Frasier; his daughter's mother, Beth Frasier; sister, Ena Phipps; and three brothers, Wilbur, Kenneth, and C.O. Frasier.
Survivors include his daughters, Merlue Davies and husband, Denny of Fort Collins, Colo., Dianne Anderson of Drumright, Okla., and Jacqueline Herrick and husband, Roger of Stapleton; sister, Virginia Dixon of Benkelman; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.