Meadville Tribune

May 16, 2013

Walter L. Frazier

Meadville Tribune

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Walter L. Frazier, 87, formerly of Conneaut Lake, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, in Walnut Creek, Calif., following a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Dormont, a son of Samuel and Minnie Belle Hookey Frazier Jr. He married his wife, Rosemary, on Dec. 26, 1959, and she preceded him in death May 14, 2003.

Walter enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17 years of age, served as a signalman in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II and later as part of the occupation force in Japan. He was a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a bachelor of science degree in education and a graduate of Edinboro University with a master of arts degree in education. He also earned a certification from radio school in Kansas City, Mo.

Walter worked for eight years as a civilian contractor in Tampa, Fla., worked for the U.S. Postal Service at Conneaut Lake Park, Conneaut Lake, and Erie, taught at Farrell High School for one year and subsequently was a math teacher at Linesville High School for more than 30 years. During his teaching career, he promoted advanced placement courses and encouraged students to achieve their full potential.

Walter enjoyed reading western novels, radio communication, woodworking, and boating and water skiing with his Century Resorter.

Survivors include a son, Matthew Frazier and his wife, Mary, of Clayton, Calif.; a daughter, Susan LeVan and her husband, Joseph, of Reading; and a sister-in-law, Ina Frazier of Sharon.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Frazier.

A memorial service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake, with the Rev. Dr. Glenn Hink, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Sharon, officiating, and military honors provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, Meadville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231.

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